Vigilance cautioned for administering flu vaccinations to children
The GP Roundtable has reported to the AMA that there have been a number of cases of Seqirus Afluria Quad being incorrectly administered to children under five years of age. GPs are reminded to be vigilant in their administration of flu vaccines to children.
It is important for medical professionals to check they are administering the correct prescription and vaccine. This includes checking that the pharmacist has supplied the correct vaccine and that no mix-ups have occurred before administering the vaccine.
The Immunise Australia website contains advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) for vaccination providers on seasonal influenza vaccines for 2017. The Immunise Australia Program provides general advice for patients and their families and health professionals, as well as The Australian Immunisation Handbook which details the safest and most effective use of vaccines for health professionals.