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IMPORTANT VACCINES UPDATE

 

Good morning

Zostavax vaccine shortage

There is a nationwide shortage of Zostavax vaccine and as such supplies of the vaccine remain restricted. NSW is working closely with the Commonwealth and all other States and Territories to obtain more stock of Zostavax, however this may take some time and is looking likely to last into the New Year. We will advise as soon as we have more information.

N.B Zostavax is NOT on the list of vaccines that Authorised Nurse Immunisers can give. Like the Yellow Fever vaccine the GP must see the patient and write up the order.

Adult Hepatitis B vaccine shortage

GSK has recently made a communication to the private market regarding a supply constraint impacting private market availability of Engerix-B® adult vaccine. Please note that Engerix-B paediatric dose is still available.

GSK are prioritising hepatitis B vaccine availability for those most at risk of the disease and can confirm uninterrupted supply of Engerix-B for all Government vaccination programs where Engerix-B is the vaccine of choice.

Christmas Deliveries

Practices need to ensure that their orders are in by Tuesday 20th December at 4pm for delivery before Christmas. Routine deliveries will not recommence until the 3rd of January.

Interim Vaccination Objection Form

As many of you are aware, NSW Health has an Interim Vaccination Objection form currently valid for use until 31 December 2016. This form is used for the purposes of enrolling in childcare by those parents who have elected to not vaccinate their children. The form needs to be completed and signed by a doctor, after explaining the benefits and risks of vaccination and the disease signs and symptoms to the parents. Childcare Centres can accept the current Interim NSW Form for enrolling children in 2016, even if they do not commence in care until 2017.

As this Interim NSW Form is valid (i.e. can only be completed and signed) until 31 December 2016, a revised Interim NSW Form will replace the current form at the same website link immediately before 1 January 2017 for use in calendar 2017. These interim arrangements will be in place until the Review of the Public Health Act has been completed and any associated changes made.

Please ensure you only use the most updated form for 2017 as the interim form dated up to 31 December 2016 will not be accepted after that date.

The Report on the Review of the Public Health Act has now been tabled in Parliament and is available here (see section 3.6(c) on pp.47-49). The Bill will be drafted and considered by Parliament in 2017.”

For further information you can contact Kath Cannings at the public health unit on 4221 6700.

COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN