The Gold Coast Public Health Unit would like to welcome our General Practices to a new year. With the new year brings new beginnings, therefore it is good time to review your immunisation resources and update posters in your practice.
Up-to-date Immunisation Schedules
Check your QLD Immunisation Schedules to make sure they are the latest editions. The Children’s schedule was last updated in July 2020 and the Adolescents & Adults schedule was last updated in October 2021. See the links below if needing to update to the current posters.
Rotarix Wheel Discard
On 23/12/2022, GSK recommended to immediately cease use of and discard any copies of the Rotarix wheel due to some discrepancies. New resources will be provided by GSK in 2023. There is no impact to the quality of the Rotarix vaccine. Queensland Health Immunisation Program have sent out correspondence to Vaccine Service Providers.
When reviewing refugees and other humanitarian entrant’s immunisation status, don’t forget about the adults! Adult refugees are eligible for the following funded vaccinations if there is no documented history of vaccination or catch-up vaccination is required:
If there is a written record of any vaccine doses being administered, those vaccine doses should not be repeated. There may also be other vaccines required based on individual risk factors (e.g. influenza). Serology testing prior to vaccination is not routinely recommended to check immunity but may be used in certain circumstances.
Refer to the Australian Immunisation Handbook for more information.
NIP Free catch-up vaccines for refugees and humanitarian entrants aged 20 years and over fact sheet
If you require additional immunisation support, you can contact us on 5667 3200 or GCPHUCDC@health.qld.gov.au.
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GCPHU would like to wish staff in General Practice a very merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year in 2023. With 2022 coming to an end, it’s a good time to reflect on the year and consider improvements that can be implemented for 2023. Here are a few immunisation items to consid...