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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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Vaccinations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies and children | SKAI

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies and children are special and can get extra protection with other vaccines

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Diphtheria | SKAI

What are the side effects ofHepB-DTPa-Hib-IPV vaccines?Very common side effectsUp to 33 per centof children who have vaccines that contain DTPa, Hib, or IPV experience redness at the injection site that lasts up to a few days.Common side effects

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How do I know the vaccines are safe? | SKAI

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

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Optional vaccinations | 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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4 years | SKAI

When your child is four years old a combined DTPa/IPV vaccine is recommended to strengthen their immunity to diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio. It is given as a needle in your childs arm.

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Zoster vaccine | AusVaxSafety

In the context of no safety signals identified during two years of surveillance in over 18,000 participants, AusVaxSafety concludedactive surveillance of zoster vaccine safety in November 2018

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MMR vaccine decision aid | NCIRS

MMR decision aid MMR decision aid MMR decision aid MMR decision aid MMR decision aid For the public Immunisation schedules Immunisation records MMR vaccine decision aid Introduction Symptoms of measles, mumps and rubella FAQ1 - Questions about MMR vaccine FAQ2 - Questions about the safety of MMR vaccine FAQ3 - Questions about the impact of MMR vaccination Comparing risks - Measles Comparing risks - Mumps Comparing risks - Rubella (German measles) Making a decision Reasons FOR vaccinating your child Reasons for NOT vaccinating your child Links Options References NCIRS position statement on HPV vaccination No Jab No Pay, No Jab No Play SKAI - supporting communities Travel vaccination Vaccine safety Are you considering MMR vaccination for your child? This decision aid has been designed to help you decide whether to immunise your child with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine

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What about autism? | SKAI

Some people think there is a connection because a British a research group, led by Andrew Wakefield, suggested that some children who had received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine went on to develop bowel disease and developmental disorders such as autism

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Why is the schedule the way it is? | SKAI

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

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Pregnant women | AusVaxSafety

From 1 July 2018, maternal pertussis vaccine is being funded for pregnant women under the National Immunisation Program

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