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NCIRS has developed an evidence-based guide highlighting factors that may facilitate or act as barriers to people's acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccines. This guide can be used to communicate with patients to address their questions and concerns and to optimise COVID-19 vaccine uptake.
Access the guide here
SKAI - Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation is a suite of vaccination communication support tools. The package includes an eLearning module for healthcare workers, accessible information for parents and a website that hosts the system.
The Questions about vaccination publication from the Australian Government Department of Health provides answers to many common questions about vaccination. It is designed to help parents find out more about vaccines and the most recent evidence about their safety and effectiveness, and to help doctors answer questions from their patients.
"Is the HPV vaccine really safe" is a fact sheet about the safety of the HPV vaccine that has been developed by SKAI - Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation. It provides information about the need for the HPV vaccine, the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine and common questions about the HPV vaccine.
Download the fact sheet from the Australian Government Department of Health website here.
The MMR decision aid is an interactive tool developed by NCIRS to help parents make informed decisions about whether to immunise their child with the MMR vaccine.
The decision aid:
provides parents with information about measles, mumps and rubella
incorporates relevant risk information in numerical and graphical format
discusses vaccine risks and benefits
assists in values clarification.
There are few valid reasons to sign an Immunisation Medical Exemption form. It is important that general practitioners (GPs) understand what these are, and how to manage common vaccine concerns that may contribute to exemption requests.
'To sign or not to sign: dealing with requests for vaccination exemption' written by Dr Frank Beard and Dr Nicholas Wood of NCIRS and published in Medicine Today (April 2017, Volume 18, Issue 4) is a guide for GPs on what the true medical contraindications to vaccination are and what constitutes adequate evidence of natural immunity. It is also offers practice points on how to recognise and manage common concerns, including those about adverse events after vaccination, that may contribute to parents’ requests for completion of exemption forms.
Please note: Since this article was written, relevant legislation has been amended so that now, in addition to GPs, the following practitioners are able to notify a medical exemption to vaccination to the AIR:
public health physicians
infectious diseases physicians
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