Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV)
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 Victorian and NSW governments have expanded eligibility criteria for free JEV vaccination. 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 email@example.com for more information and assistance with vaccine ordering.
The vaccine is free for eligible people and general practices are encouraged to bulk bill for the service whenever possible.
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 currently leading a study investigating JEV seroprevalence in northern Victoria. The Department is urgently seeking participants, particularly from the Mildura and Shepparton regions, to be part of this study which concludes at the end of November.
Individuals can be part of the study by attending an Austin Pathology site (listed below), completing a questionnaire, and giving a blood sample.
- Austin Pathology, 216 Ontario Avenue, Mildura (Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm, Saturday: 8am-12pm)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org