Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV)
The Victorian Department of Health has developed a FAQ resource to assist immunisation providers in answering questions from the public about the JE vaccination program. It includes a printable list of eligibility examples for display at vaccination centres. In addition, a social media pack is available for the promotion of prevention messages to the community, as are the below posters.
It is strongly recommended that JEV vaccination be reported to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) using your medical practice software. Reporting these vaccinations to the AIR means that the register contains a complete and reliable dataset and can monitor immunisation coverage and administration. It also means that individuals have a complete record of their vaccinations. More information for Victorian immunisation providers can be found here
The vaccine is free for eligible people and general practices are encouraged to bulk bill for the service whenever possible. Vaccination can also be administered after arrival in flood affected areas to those from other regions deployed for prolonged recovery efforts. Further information is provided in this factsheet. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and assistance with vaccine ordering.
Providers of the vaccine in the Murray PHN region can be found here and local public health units are also providing JEV vaccines. Please call ahead to ensure stock is on hand and note some sites will be closed due to floods.
The Victorian Department of Health is leading a study to investigate JEV seroprevalence. Individuals from Mildura and Shepparton can take part during November, by attending a participating Austin Pathology site, completing a questionnaire, and giving a blood sample.
In Mildura at:
- Austin Pathology, 216 Ontario Avenue, Mildura (Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm, Saturday: 8am-12pm).
In Shepparton at:
Visit Serosurvey for Japanese encephalitis in northern Victoria for more information.
- Austin Pathology, GV Health, Graham St, Shepparton (Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm)
- Austin Pathology, Shepparton Medical Centre, 45 Graham St, Shepparton (Monday-Friday: 8am-3pm)
- Austin Pathology, Corio Street Community Health, 135 Corio St, Shepparton (Monday-Friday: 7:30am-4:30pm, Saturday: 8:30am-11:30am).
Local outreach vaccination and testing clinics
Upcoming clinics in the Murray PHN catchment:
Local primary care vaccination providers are available here.
Support for homebound individuals
Murray PHN can help to engage a primary care vaccine provider for homebound patients. Click here for eligibility criteria and referral. For more: email@example.com