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National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) is the leading research organisation in Australia that provides independent expert advice on all aspects of vaccine preventable diseases, and other issues related to immunisation, to inform policy and planning for immunisation services in Australia.

Research and surveillance activities include surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases, monitoring of vaccination coverage, evaluation of vaccination programs, monitoring of vaccine safety and social research. NCIRS also provides technical support to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, including development and review of technical content for The Australian Immunisation Handbook.

NCIRS brings together experts in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, paediatrics, internal medicine, infectious diseases, epidemiology and quantitative and qualitative survey methods.

Vision and mission

Healthy people in Australia and beyond through immunisation.

To lead and support collaborative research and to advance immunisation policy and practice.

How NCIRS can help

Our work

The primary role of NCIRS in Australia is to provide expert technical immunisation advice to government. NCIRS is unable to provide patient-specific medical advice. Please visit your General practitioner (GP) to discuss your specific clinical situation.

Programs, apps and tools

AusVaxSafety

Led by NCIRS and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, AusVaxSafety is a world-leading national vaccine safety surveillance system. Using de-identified data reported directly from people receiving the vaccines (or their parent or carer), AusVaxSafety monitors adverse events following immunisation and facilitates early detection of potential vaccine safety issues. In the days following vaccination, responses are solicited via an automated SMS using AusVaxSafety surveillance tools (SmartVax or Vaxtracker), which have been implemented in more than 300 sentinel sites across Australia. For more information, visit ausvaxsafety.org.au.

SKAI – Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation

The SKAI website for parents contains information that you can trust, including information about the vaccinations recommended for your child between birth and 4 years. It also provides answers to the common questions parents ask about vaccination.

Recommended links

Last reviewed: July 2023

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Varicella-zoster (chickenpox) vaccines for Australian children | NCIRS

This fact sheet provides information on varicella-zoster (chickenpox) rotavirus disease and the available vaccines to assist immunisation providers in the delivery of varicella-zoster vaccinations to children.

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Influenza vaccines – frequently asked questions (FAQs) | NCIRS

Influenza is an acute respiratory illness that occurs after an infection with an influenza virus. It is often called ‘the flu’. Find out more frequently asked questions.

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COVID-19 vaccines: Frequently asked questions (FAQs) | NCIRS

COVID-19 vaccines: Frequently asked questions (FAQs) COVID-19 Australian Immunisation Handbook COVID-19 vaccines Immunisation coverage data and reports Education and training History of immunisation Immunisation schedules National and international resources NCIRS fact sheets, FAQs and other resources COVID-19 DTPa-HB-IPV-Hib vaccine (Vaxelis® and Infanrix hexa®) Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) Hepatitis B Human papillomavirus Influenza Japanese encephalitis Measles Measles vaccination catch-up guide Meningococcal Mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) Mumps Pertussis Pneumococcal Poliomyelitis Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) Rotavirus Rubella Varicella-zoster (chickenpox) Zoster (shingles) Injection site reactions Vaccine components Vaccines for Australian adults Vaccinations during pregnancy NCIRS webinar series Patient communication resources Specialist immunisation services SKAI - supporting health professionals NCIRS newsletters Vaccine safety COVID-19 Australian Immunisation Handbook COVID-19 vaccines Immunisation coverage data and reports Education and training History of immunisation Immunisation schedules National and international resources NCIRS fact sheets, FAQs and other resources COVID-19 DTPa-HB-IPV-Hib vaccine (Vaxelis® and Infanrix hexa®) Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) Hepatitis B Human papillomavirus Influenza Japanese encephalitis Measles Measles vaccination catch-up guide Meningococcal Mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) Mumps Pertussis Pneumococcal Poliomyelitis Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) Rotavirus Rubella Varicella-zoster (chickenpox) Zoster (shingles) Injection site reactions Vaccine components Vaccines for Australian adults Vaccinations during pregnancy NCIRS webinar series Patient communication resources Specialist immunisation services SKAI - supporting health professionals NCIRS newsletters Vaccine safety Key points COVID-19 is a disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus

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Japanese encephalitis | NCIRS

Japanese encephalitis NCIRS fact sheets, FAQs and other resources Australian Immunisation Handbook COVID-19 vaccines Immunisation coverage data and reports Education and training History of immunisation Immunisation schedules National and international resources NCIRS fact sheets, FAQs and other resources COVID-19 DTPa-HB-IPV-Hib vaccine (Vaxelis® and Infanrix hexa®) Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) Hepatitis B Human papillomavirus Influenza Japanese encephalitis Measles Measles vaccination catch-up guide Meningococcal Mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) Mumps Pertussis Pneumococcal Poliomyelitis Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) Rotavirus Rubella Varicella-zoster (chickenpox) Zoster (shingles) Injection site reactions Vaccine components Vaccines for Australian adults Vaccinations during pregnancy NCIRS webinar series Patient communication resources Specialist immunisation services SKAI - supporting health professionals NCIRS newsletters Vaccine safety NCIRS fact sheets, FAQs and other resources Australian Immunisation Handbook COVID-19 vaccines Immunisation coverage data and reports Education and training History of immunisation Immunisation schedules National and international resources NCIRS fact sheets, FAQs and other resources COVID-19 DTPa-HB-IPV-Hib vaccine (Vaxelis® and Infanrix hexa®) Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) Hepatitis B Human papillomavirus Influenza Japanese encephalitis Measles Measles vaccination catch-up guide Meningococcal Mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) Mumps Pertussis Pneumococcal Poliomyelitis Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) Rotavirus Rubella Varicella-zoster (chickenpox) Zoster (shingles) Injection site reactions Vaccine components Vaccines for Australian adults Vaccinations during pregnancy NCIRS webinar series Patient communication resources Specialist immunisation services SKAI - supporting health professionals NCIRS newsletters Vaccine safety The Japanese encephalitis (JE) situation in Australia has been declared a Communicable Disease Incident of National Significance as of March 2022

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Vaccine safety | NCIRS

Find out what to expect after vaccination, how vaccine safety is monitored in Australia and about specialist services and vaccine safety resources

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Childhood vaccinations | Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation | SKAI

Vaccination is the most effective way to protect against diseases that can cause serious harm. Find out about the vaccines that are recommended for your child.

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Vaccinations at 2 months | Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation | SKAI

2 months 4 months 6 months 12 months 18 months 4 years Vaccinations at 2 months Key facts Three vaccines are recommended for your baby at two months of age (can be given from six weeks)

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Diphtheria is back in Australia, here’s why – and how vaccines can prevent its spread | NCIRS

An unvaccinated toddler from the far north coast of New South Wales is in intensive care after catching respiratory diphtheria (diphtheria of the throat). A six-year-old close family contact is also infected.

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HPV vaccination | NCIRS

Read about HPV vaccination and vaccine safety

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Pregnancy & Newborn vaccinations | Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation | SKAI

Find out about the vaccines that are recommended to protect mothers and their babies during pregnancy, and in the first few months after birth.

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