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2010 Annual immunisation coverage report
Apr 2013 - News
The most recent data on the uptake of vaccines available to Australian children under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) have recently been published in the 2010 annual immunisation coverage report.
The yearly report analyses data available through the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) and comments on the coverage of NIP listed vaccines at the different age milestones and trends in timeliness of vaccine delivery. Vaccine uptake is also assessed with respects to Indigenous status and geographical locations.
The 2010 report demonstrates the success of the Australian Childhood Immunisation Program, with national coverage for all vaccines recommended for children at 12 months and 24 months of age, exceeding the Immunise Australia coverage targets of 90%.
However, the report also identifies areas where immunisation coverage can be improved. A disparity still exists in vaccine coverage between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children, especially with regards to timeliness of vaccine delivery. A number of geographical areas have also been identified throughout Australia where immunisation coverage is lower than the national average.
The full report is available online in the March 2013 issue of Communicable Disease Intelligence (CDI) on the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing website. The report is prepared by the Surveillance team at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance.
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The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition
Mar 2013 - News
The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition is available now at Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing website.
National Immunisation Program Implementation Seminar - held on 7 & 8 March 2013
Mar 2013 - Events
This one and a half day seminar brought together a range of key stakeholders involved in the development, management, delivery and evaluation of immunisation programs in Australia. Content included discussion around key implementation challenges and potential solutions with an aim to identifying priorities to enhance future immunisation program implementation in Australia.
The program featured invited speaker, Nikki Turner, from the New Zealand Immunisation Advisory Centre. Also featured were representatives from each state/territory immunisation program, Medicare Locals, immunisation providers including general practitioners and nurses, Aboriginal Community Controlled and remote health sectors.
Click here for a PDF version of the Immunisation Program Implementation Seminar booklet.
Click here to view presentations and panel discussions from the 2-day seminar.
2011 report on adverse events following immunisation in Australia
Jan 2013 - News
Published in the December 2012 issue of Communicable Diseases Intelligence this report summarises Australian surveillance data for adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) reported to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for 2011.
The adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) report for 2011 summarises Australian passive surveillance data for adverse events reported to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for 2011, and describes reporting trends over the 12-year period 2000 to 2011. There were 2,327 AEFI records for vaccines administered in 2011, a decrease of 40% from 3,894 in 2010. The decrease in 2011 was attributable to a drop in the reports following seasonal influenza (2,354 to 483) and pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1) influenza vaccines (514 to 2). The most commonly reported reactions were ISR, fever, allergic reactions and malaise. Only 7% of all the reported adverse events were categorised as serious.
The monitoring of adverse events following immunisation by the TGA allows surveillance of the safety of vaccines used in Australia. Reports of suspected AEFI are notified to TGA by state and territory health departments, health professionals, vaccine manufacturers and members of the public. All the reports are reviewed by TGA and collated in a central database. NCIRS is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing to analyse de-identified data and produce AEFI surveillance reports.
The complete 2011 report can be found online at: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing website. The report is prepared by the Surveillance team at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance.
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Ethical Issues In Immunisation Seminar - held on 26 March 2012
Mar 2012 - Events
The Ethical Issues in Immunisation Seminar was held on March 26th, at The Darlington Centre, University of Sydney.
This 1-day seminar addressed the major ethical issues facing immunisation programs in Australia today:
* What level of vaccine risk is acceptable and who should decide?
* Is it unethical not to have a no-fault compensation scheme for serious adverse events attributed to vaccination?
* How far can we go in getting people to be vaccinated?
* Is the current system for funding vaccines sufficient?
* How can vaccine programs incorporate public values?
Speakers included Marie Bismark, Stacy Carter, Andrea Forde, Claire Hooker, David Isaacs, Heath Kelly, Ian Kerridge, Julie Leask, Kristine Macartney, Roger Magnusson, Helen Marshall, Peter Massey, Terry Nolan, Glenn Salkeld, Cameron Stewart.
PDFs of presentations given on the day are available via the links below. Please note files are large and may take a couple of minutes to download.
No-fault compensation for vaccine related injuries - the NZ experience - by Marie Bismark
How far can government go in promoting vaccination? - by Robert Hall
No fault compensation for adverse events attributed to vaccination - by Heath Kelly
A little bit more ethics on power and persuasion in immunisation - by Ian Kerridge
What is an acceptable risk and who decides? - by Roger Magnusson
Funding population immunisation in Australia - by Terry Nolan
An economic perspective on the selection and reimbursement of vaccines in Australia - by Glenn Salkeld
Legal arguments in favour of a vaccination compensation scheme - by Cameron Stewart
Click here for a PDF version of the Ethical Issues in Immunisation Seminar program
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