Wed, 06/03/2020 | News

Clinical update: National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule changes from 1 July 2020

From 1 July 2020 changes to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) and recommendations for pneumococcal, meningococcal and hepatitis A vaccination will take effect. 

The changes are being implemented to improve protection against meningococcal and pneumococcal disease following recommendations from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and other clinical experts.

The pneumococcal vaccination recommendations and schedule will change to reflect the current best clinical evidence in preventing pneumococcal disease in adults and in people with conditions that increase their risk of disease. The changes seek to simplify vaccination advice by making it easier to understand who should get vaccinated, and when and which vaccine they should get. 

The meningococcal vaccinations funded through the NIP will change to better protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and people of all ages with medical conditions that increase their risk of invasive meningococcal disease. To accommodate the introduction of meningococcal B vaccination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, the hepatitis A vaccination schedule points (for children in the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia) will also change.

Read more and access the clinical advice and resources for vaccination providers here

Learn more about these NIP changes in an upcoming NCIRS webinar  

Time: Tuesday 16 June 2020, 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm (AEDT)    
The session will be available via Zoom webinar.