From 1 July 2020 there will be changes to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule designed to improve protection against meningococcal and pneumococcal disease.
Meningococcal B vaccine will be added to the NIP for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants at 2, 4 and 12 months of age including a catch-up program for children aged less than 2 years until 30 June 2023.
Meningococcal B and meningococcal ACWY will be funded under the NIP for people of all ages with specified medical risk conditions that increase their risk of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD).
Pneumococcal vaccination dosage and timing have been updated for adults and people with conditions that increase their risk of disease.
NIP hepatitis A childhood vaccination schedule points have changed.
Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation statements and NIP resources about the changes are available on the Department of Health website.
- Meningococcal vaccination schedule from 1 July 2020 – Clinical advice for vaccination providers
- Pneumococcal vaccination schedule from 1 July 2020 – Clinical advice for vaccination providers
- Pneumococcal vaccination schedule from 1 July 2020 – Clinical decision tree for vaccination providers
- ATAGI clinical advice on hepatitis A vaccine
- Influenza vaccination during COVID-19 – FAQs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- The Meningococcal and pneumococcal disease sections of the Australian Immunisation Handbook have been updated to reflect the NIP schedule changes and should be used in conjunction with the ATAGI clinical advice statements.
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