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Health Updates

FREE SHINGLES VACCINE FOR 70-79 YEAR OLDS FROM NOVEMBER 2016

The shingles vaccine, Zostavax®, has been approved to be placed on the National Immunisation Program (NIP), to be provided free of charge from 1 November 2016 to people aged 70 years, subject to vaccine supply. There will also be a five year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years.

The implementation of new vaccination programs under the NIP is a major task that takes approximately 12-18 months from receipt of Government funding approval. This time is required for activities such as the procurement of vaccine; vaccine safety surveillance planning; development of appropriate communications; and negotiation with states and territories regarding implementation requirements and timing. In the case of the Zostavax® vaccine, time is also required to develop and roll out an adult vaccination register.

FLU VACCINATION UPDATE

The 4 strain flu vaccine for 2017 will be offered to the community starting mid April. Though some nearby clinics have started ofering this earlier, it is being purposely delayed to achieve the best coverage over the flu period which extends well into August.

The vaccine is free of cost to the above 65's,pregnant women and people with chronic diseases including malignancies.