Shingles vaccination program for patients aged 70-79
As part of the new National Shingles Immunisation Program, the shingles vaccination (Zostavax) can now be provided free to patients aged 70, with a catch up program for patients aged 71-79.
The program is funded until 2021 with a range of resources available for health professionals in addition to education material for patients to encourage uptake.
NSW Health has advised that orders of Zostavax are currently limited to 10 per order for practices with <15 GPs and 30 per order for practices with ≥15 GPs. This will continue until stock is readily available through the NSW Vaccine Centre. Practices can continue to order twice per month, but need to include Zostavax in this order. These limits have been set by the NSW Ministry of Health. Practices will be advised as soon as the limit has been lifted. Practices are also advised to focus on the 79 year old age group in the early part of the campaign as they will become ineligible when they turn 80 years.
Health professionals should also update patient immunisation information via the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). From September 2016 the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register is known as the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and should be used to record all childhood and adult vaccinations.