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New register shows importance of vaccination beyond childhood

Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images



Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

Health was not one of the winners of Tuesday night’s big-spending federal budget, but one initiative tucked away in the budget papers is worthy of applause – the establishment of an adult immunisation register and the expansion of the childhood register to include adolescents.

The budget papers say immunisation data collection will be expanded to include school-based adolescent vaccinations and that an adult register will be established from September 1, 2016.

The move means that we will soon record all vaccinations delivered to adolescents and adults through the government-funded National Immunisation Program (NIP). The program covers the cost of vaccines, but not all the recommended shots are on the NIP.

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