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2014 Influenza season

The influenza season is upon us so please read the information below to familiarise yourself with the details of the 2014 influenza program.

The 2014 trivalent influenza vaccines contain different influenza A(H3N2) and influenza B strains from the 2013 vaccines. The A(H1N1) strain has remained unchanged since 2010. The 2014 influenza vaccines contain the following strains:

  • A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) - like virus
  • A/Texas/50/2012(H3N2) - like virus
  • B/Massachusetts/2/2012 - like virus

To access a variety of fact sheets and for more information please visit the Immunise Australia website.

New information regarding Rotavirus disease and vaccine

Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe gastroenteritis in infants and young children in Australia and worldwide. The Australian Government's Immunise Australia program has updated the information for Rotavirus.

Changes to the measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (MMRV) vaccine

From 1 July 2013, a combination vaccine for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (MMRV) will be available on the WA Immunisation Schedule. This vaccine will replace the second dose of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine which was scheduled for children at 4 years of age and also the varicella vaccine that is offered at 18 months. This means that children will now receive a MMR vaccine at 12 months of age followed by a MMRV vaccine at 18 months and that will conclude their MMR vaccine requirements. Children who have already received their 18 month dose of the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine will receive their second MMR vaccine at four years of age.

The Immunise Australia program has a parent MMRV brochure(PDF 733KB) which explains the changes to the program.

Changes to the National Immunisation schedule and related payments

The Commonwealth government is introducing reforms to Australia’s childhood immunisation arrangements.

These changes mean:

  • Families will need to have their children fully immunised to receive the existing $726 per child Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement, replacing the Maternity Immunisation Allowance from 1 July 2012.
  • A new immunisation check will be introduced for one year olds to supplement the existing focus on immunisation at two and five years of age from 1 July 2012.
  • The meningococcal C, pneumococcal and varicella (‘chickenpox’) vaccines will be included in the list of immunisations that are needed for a child to be fully immunised from 1 July 2013.
  • A combination vaccine for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (‘chickenpox’) for children aged 18 months will be added to the National Immunisation Program Schedule from 1 July 2013.

For more information on the changes, please visit the Immunise Australia website

New immunisation resource: The science of immunisation

This website gives you the answers to the most common questions regarding immunisation. It explains the science of immunisation and describes the benefits of being immunised.

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