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
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccination program offered to boys in 2013
From January 2013 onwards, male students in Year 8 will be eligible to receive the HPV vaccine at school. Male student in Year 9 and 10 will also be eligible as part of a catch up program. While you may be aware that that HPV can cause cervical cancer in females, there are benefits for males too. Vaccinating males against HPV will protect them against a wide range of cancers and disease, such as warts.If your son is eligible, you will receive a consent pack from the school. Please sign the consent pack and return it to the school to get your son immunised.
The Department of Health WA has developed a video with some important information regarding the HPV program.
For more information, please visit the Commonwealth government website , the Cancer Council website and 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.