Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) advice for immunisation providers regarding the administration of seasonal influenza vaccines in 201703.06.2017
During its 62nd meeting in February 2017, ATAGI endorsed its recommendation for annual influenza vaccination for any person ≥6 months of age who wishes to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza.
Today, a new resource guide, Immunization Financing: A Resource Guide for Advocates, Policymakers, and Program Managers, was released to provide practical advice to low- and middle-income countries seeking to mobilize resources for immunization programs. The guide offers 26 briefs, including eight country case studies, to assist countries looking to sustainably finance immunization.
Moldova (Republic Of)NITAGs
the Republic of Moldova will add vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) to the routine immunization schedule02.06.2017
Vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) will be added to the routine immunization schedule in the Republic of Moldova in November 2017. Timely vaccination against HPV prevents infection with viruses that are the leading cause of cervical and other cancers. The Ministry of Health’s decision to introduce the vaccine followed the recommendation of the country’s independent national immunization technical advisory committee (NITAG) based on its thorough review of available evidence.
United States of AmericaNITAGs02.06.2017
The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2017 adult and childhood immunization schedules.
High level national officials and international organizations representatives attended the launch of the ZIMNITAG which took place on November 30th 2016. It was officiated by Honorable Minister of Health and Child Care representative, Mr T Zigora-CEO Parirenyatwa.
Tanzania (United Republic Of)NITAGs11.16.2016
Officially established in September 2016, Tanzania NITAG members gathered in Morogoro from 31st October to 3rd Nov, 2016 for an orientation workshop. Facilitated by AMP/HPID and WHO, the workshop addressed topics on role, scope and mode of operations of a NITAG, internal procedures manual development, conflict of interest management. Participants were also introduced to the concept and the methodology of issuing an EBR taking into account the local context of health system. Working documents developed will be endorsed by members during the committee first meeting planned for Feb 17. The Tanzania NITAG will soon be called upon by the Ministry of Health to deliberate on the HPV vaccine roll out in the country.
Top EPI leaders in China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) travelled to Ottawa and Atlanta to discuss mechanisms for including new vaccines into existing immunization programs by use of a strong National Immunization Technical Advisory Group – in this case, Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the United States’ Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
In September 2016, STIKO, the German NITAG, launched its own app, the first of its kind in the NITAG community. Anyone can download the app, which is compatible with Android or IOS, and access all STIKO’s recommendations. “This innovative digital project aims to strengthen relationships between healthcare workers and STIKO,” explain Ole Wichmann and Judith Koch from Robert Koch Institute.
Congo (Democratic Republic of)NITAGs10.20.2016
By Ministerial decree No. 1250 / CAB / MIN / SP / 014 / CD / 2016 dated of 17th October 2016, DRC becomes the 2nd country in Central Africa after Cameroon with a Technical Advisory Group on Immunization.