Winter Vaccinations – Ask the Question Campaign Toolkit

With international borders open and eased social restrictions, we have seen an increase in cases of influenza, coinciding with a COVID-19 winter wave, making influenza and COVID-19 vaccination a priority over the coming months.

To help manage the winter outbreaks, we’re encouraging General Practitioners (GP), practice nurses, practice managers and reception staff to Ask the question, ‘Are you up to date with your flu and COVID-19 vaccinations?’

We know that vaccination is highly opportunistic, so we are providing health professionals with a resource pack to encourage you to ask the question.

Resource pack

Ask the Question Toolkit

  • Monitor talkers and monitor strips - for the whole team to stick on their monitors, as a reminder to ask the question.
  • Point of sale - letting patients know they can get their flu and COVID-19 vaccination at the same time.
  • Reception scripts - to help the reception team to ask the question.
  • Dispensary cards - to help clinical staff ask the question.
  • Vaccination certificates - to help children feel brave and positive after receiving a vaccination.

Download the Toolkit here

Asking the question

When you speak to a patient, ask if they are up to date with their influenza and COVID-19 vaccination. If the answer is yes, that’s great. Check this against the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and move on.

If they say no, it’s a great time to engage in a conversation about the importance of influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations.

If they are still hesitant, that is ok, move on with the discussion.

Vaccination is the best protection against severe illness from influenza and COVID-19, and also helps to limit the impact these illnesses can have on our healthcare system.

 Immunisation
What are the changes? Details at NSW Health: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/schedule-changes.aspx

Australian Immunisation Handbook

National Immunisation Catch-up Calculator

The National Immunisation Catch-up Calculator (NICC) is now available and is based on the Australian National Immunisation Program (NIP) recommendations for Australian immunisation schedules. 

The Calculator does not provide recommendations for individuals with Medical at Risk conditions where additional boosters may be recommended.

Users should always exercise their own independent skill or judgment or seek additional professional advice before relying on the information provided for clinical decision making.

The Calculator can be accessed via the Australian Immunisation Handbook website.

Vaccine Cold Chain Management


Cold Chain Breach

  1. Isolate / quarantine vaccines – keep refrigerated and do not use
  2. Contact your local public health unit (PHU) on 1300 066 055
  3. Complete the Cold Chain Breach Reporting Form and email to PHU; include data logger readings and the chart of min/max monitoring (am & pm).
Immunisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

National Immunisation Program for all Indigenous people (NIP – funded vaccines) from 1 July 2020

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/06/national-immunisation-program-schedule-for-all-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people.pdf

 ATAGI clinical advice on changes to vaccine recommendations and funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 1 July 2020 (attached). Changes relate to:

  1. Meningococcal B (Men B) vaccine (Bexsero®)
  2. Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine (Nimenrix®)
  3. 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (13vPCV, Prevenar 13®)
  4. 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (23vPPV, Pneumovax 23®)

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/atagi-clinical-advice-on-vaccination-recommendations-for-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people-from-1-july-2020


PRODA AIR

Resources

Emergency Preparedness

Immunisation Education and CPD online modules

Q Fever

Yellow Fever

Tuberculosis

PIP Quality Improvement Measures 

PEN CS Training Guide:

https://www.pencs.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Pen-CS-PIP-QI-Training-Guide-2019-1.pdf

 

 To be eligible to receive a PIP QI payment general practices must:

  • be eligible to claim PIPs – be accredited or registered for accreditation
  • register for the PIP QI Incentive through Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) from 1 August 2019
  • electronically submit data to Western NSW Primary Health Network – WNSW PHN has elected to use PEN CAT tool for practices to submit data
  • undertake continuous quality improvement activities in partnership with WNSW PHN

 

Improvement Measures – Influenza Immunisation PEN CS Recipes

PEN CS Webinars

https://www.pencs.com.au/support/webinars/

 Practice Management
 Quality Health Information Program