Overhaul of pertussis and zoster immunisation advice mooted

Revised immunisation guidelines recommend routine pertussis vaccination in the third trimester and shifting the emphasis of zoster vaccination from 60 to 70 years of age.

The changes are part of draft updates to the Immunisation Handbook, which have been released for consultation by the Federal Department of Health.

In the 2015 update for the handbook, a new ‘direct' approach to preventing pertussis in