Hepatitis B vaccine shortage
The AMA has been advised, through membership with the GP Roundtable, that there is currently a shortage of the adult formulation of hepatitis B vaccines in Australia. The supply for the National Immunisation Program has been unaffected at this stage, so GPs do not need to modify their administration of the vaccine to eligible individuals. The private market supply however has been impacted.
Clinical advice has been developed by the Australia Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) for vaccination providers during the shortage, which is expected to continue until at least January 2018. Advice can be accessed on the Immunise Australia website.