Tag Archives: National Immunisation Program

Flu vaccination could reduce toll of heart attacks

As Australia faces its second worst flu season on record, new research has found that investing in the influenza vaccination to protect against heart attacks in older adults could prove beneficial. To date close to 200,000 cases of flu have been recorded in the country. New research from the University …

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Flu dries up after record vaccinations

With only 52,000 cases of influenza reported this year, one fifth of last year’s 250,000 cases, Health Minister Greg Hunt has hailed the contribution of community pharmacies across Australia. This year’s successful primary care vaccination program helped deliver the lowest rates of flu in Australia since 2013 with a record …

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Zostavax reminder

Zostavax is the first and only shingles vaccine funded on the National Immunisation Program (NIP), for eligible 70-year-olds, with a time-limited catch-up program funded for people aged 71-79 years. While Shingrix is recently TGA registered, this vaccine is currently only available on the private market. The implementation of new vaccination programs under the …

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WA boosts flu immunity

Community pharmacies across Western Australia are taking advantage of the state Health Department’s decision to include them in the National Immunisation Program’s campaign against flu, with fewer people expected to be afflicted with the disease this year in WA. Pharmacy Guild WA branch acting President Andrew Ngeow says increasing access …

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Shingles vaccine not a priority

In a recent IQVIA Medibus survey of GPs, almost 80 per cent of those surveyed said they ‘always’ or ‘often’ recommend Zostavax (Zoster Virus Vaccine Live Oka/Merck) to their 70-79-year-old patients. This is the only government-funded shingles vaccine available on the National Immunisation Program. However, 45 per cent of GPs surveyed said they …

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TGA advises on vaccination advertising

The (TGA) says it wants to remind immunisation providers, including pharmacists and pharmacies, of the strict controls around the advertising of vaccination services, including information given to the public about vaccines. All vaccines for human use are classified as schedule 4 (prescription-only) medicines in the Poisons Standard. The TGA recommends …

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