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National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

NCIRS is the leading research organisation in Australia that provides independent expert advice on all aspects of vaccine preventable diseases, and other issues related to immunisation, to inform policy and planning for immunisation services in Australia.

Research and surveillance activities include surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases, monitoring of vaccination coverage, evaluation of vaccination programs, monitoring of vaccine safety and social research. NCIRS also provides technical support to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, including development and review of technical content for The Australian Immunisation Handbook.

NCIRS brings together experts in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, paediatrics, internal medicine, infectious diseases, epidemiology and quantitative and qualitative survey methods.

AusVaxSafety

Led by NCIRS and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, AusVaxSafety is a world-leading national vaccine safety surveillance system. Using de-identified data reported directly from people receiving the vaccines (or their parent or carer), AusVaxSafety monitors adverse events following immunisation and facilitates early detection of potential vaccine safety issues. In the days following vaccination, responses are solicited via an automated SMS using AusVaxSafety surveillance tools (SmartVax or Vaxtracker), which have been implemented in more than 300 sentinel sites across Australia. For more information, visit ausvaxsafety.org.au.

SKAI – Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation

The SKAI website for parents contains information that you can trust, including information about the vaccinations recommended for your child between birth and 4 years. It also provides answers to the common questions parents ask about vaccination.

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4 years | Sharing Knowledge about Immunisation | SKAI

When your child is four years old, one age-specific vaccine is recommended: a combined DTPa/IPV vaccine. This vaccine strengthens their immunity to diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio. It is also recommended that your child gets an influenza vaccine every year before the influenza season. These vaccines are given as needles, usually in your child’s arm.

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4 months | Sharing Knowledge about Immunisation | SKAI

Now your baby is four months old, three age-specific vaccines are recommended: the combined DTPa-Hib-IPV-HepB, 13vPCV and rotavirus. Each dose strengthens your baby’s immunity to eight diseases. Two of the vaccines are needles, usually given in the baby’s legs. The rotavirus vaccine is given as drops put into your baby’s mouth to swallow.

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Travel vaccination | NCIRS

People planning to travel overseas may need some additional vaccines for protection against infectious diseases which they may be exposed to in their country of travel

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How do I know the vaccines are safe? | Sharing Knowledge about Immunisation | SKAI

Any suspected problem with a vaccine is thoroughly investigated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

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Common reactions | Sharing Knowledge about Immunisation | SKAI

It is not unusual for babies and children to have a mild fever for a day or two after vaccination

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New resource - Influenza vaccination during COVID-19 - FAQs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people | NCIRS

Influenza (flu) is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalisation or even death, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a higher risk of serious disease

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Why is the schedule the way it is? | Sharing Knowledge about Immunisation | SKAI

The schedule is carefully planned to protect babies and children as soon as it is possible

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Optional vaccinations | Sharing Knowledge about Immunisation | SKAI

The vaccinations children receive at 6 weeks, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 4 years are all part of the National Immunisation Program

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Zoster vaccine | AusVaxSafety

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Vaccine safety | NCIRS

They may be a bit unsettled and cry a little more than usual or they can be a bit tired after their vaccinations for a day or two

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