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FDA approves Gardasil 9

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the 9-valent human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil 9 (Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp).

The vaccine covers the same four human papillomaviruses (HPVs) as Gardasil plus an additional five types known to cause approximately 20 percent of cervical cancers  (HPV 31, 33, 45, 52, 58).

The course for Gardasil 9 is three immunisations over a six month period, following the same schedule as Gardasil. The vaccine has a similar safety profile to Gardasil, is equally effective for preventing disease against HPV 9, 11, 16, & 18 as Gardasil and is 97% effective in preventing vulvar and cervical cancers caused by HPV 31, 33, 45, 52, & 58. Gardasil 9  is licensed in the U.S. for females aged 9 through 26 years and males aged 9 through 15 years.

  • Gardasil (protecting against HPV 9, 11, 16, & 18) is the only vaccine that protects against HPV infection in New Zealand.
  • There is no information suggesting that Gardasil 9 will become available in New Zealand in the future.
  • Administration of Gardasil to individuals eligible for National Immunisation Schedule vaccine or individuals who are purchasing Gardasil privately should not be delayed "in case" Gardasil 9 becomes available in New Zealand in the future.

 Click on the link to read the news release on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.

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International spotlight on immune.org.nz

Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Vaccine Safety Network (VSN) features our own immune.org.nz website in their inaugural newsletter.

The Vaccine Safety Network (VSN) is part of the World Health Organization. It provides endorsement for vaccine and immunisation related websites who meet a strict set of criteria regarding balanaced and understandable information for communities. In order to underscore the diversity of the VSN and recognise each member’s efforts to provide users with high quality information on vaccine safety, the VSN Newsletter will highlight a different member in each
issue. This month VSN shines the spotlight on the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC), a member since May 2010. A copy of the newletter can be found here.

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Safety of vaccines reviewed

Thursday, 3 July 2014

A systematic review in Paediatrics examined the safety of routine vaccines for children in the US

Reassurance of vaccine safety remains critical for population health. A recent systematic review published in Paediatrics examined the literature on the safety of routine vaccines for children in the US. While they did confirm a link between vaccines and known serious adverse events, they were able to confirm that these events are extremely rare. They were also able to verify the absence of any evidential link between vaccines and cancer, autism or food allergies. The review is avaialble free online. A copy can be found here.

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Meningococcal disease in New Plymouth

Friday, 3 February 2012

Taranaki health professionals and the public asked to be alert for the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease.

Two confirmed cases of meningococcal disease have been  reported this week.

“Both cases were in young adults residing in New Plymouth but there are no apparent links between them. These are the first cases since two were reported on the same day at the end of November 2011,“ says Dr Simmons.

Both cases are making a steady recovery. One has been confirmed as being caused by the group C meningococcal bacterium. Results on the other are awaited. Public health staff have identified close contacts of the cases and have offered them advice and preventative treatment.

Prompt treatment with antibiotics can prevent death or permanent disability. Dr Simmons is also urging doctors and others to keep a close eye on those who are unwell with flu-like symptoms, which can worsen rapidly.

“With the influenza season looming, it is important to remember that the early stages of meningococcal disease can appear as a flu-like illness. Meningococcal disease can progress very quickly. If an individual is sick, be vigilant and check them often. Don’t hesitate to seek medical attention without delay if your are concerned. If their condition worsens take them back to the doctor," said Dr Simmons.

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Have a Measles-Free Summer

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Visit the Measles-Free Summer campaign on Facebook.

The Ministry of Health launched a Measles-Free Summer social media campaign in partnership with Auckland Regional Public Health Service, Auckland DHBs and the Immunisation Advisory Centre on 18 January 2012. The message is that there's an easy way to avoid letting measles ruin summer and the fun it brings.

 

Visit the Measles-Free Summer page, click 'Like' and recommend the page to your friends. As new material is posted you'll get a message on your Facebook page.

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Children sing about on-time immunisation

Monday, 1 October 2012

Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service have children singing about immunisation on radio.

The current pertussis outbreak and the 2011-2012 measles outbreak in New Zealand draw attention to the importance of on time immunisation. Babies less than one year old are at highest risk of serious complications from whooping cough. For best protection against this disease babies need to have their 6 week, 3 month and 5 month immunisations at the recommended ages.

At 15 months of age children have their first opportunity to be protected against measles, mumps and rubella as well as to boost their protection against Haemophilus influenzae type b and pneumococcal diseases. Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service developed a novel radio advertisement to remind parents of the importance of the 15 month immunisation visit.

The radio advertisement begins with the sound of children's voices singing to the tune of 'Wheels on the bus' and ends with a reminder for parents to get on the bus or in the car and take their Kiwi kids for their 15 month immunisations.

At 4 years and 11 years of age children are offered booster immunisations.

It is never too late to catch up missed immunisations. Contact your Practice Nurse or GP to arrange an appointment.

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