On the 1st July 2017, Victoria is changing it’s brand of oral rotavirus vaccine. Rotarix® (given in a 2-dose schedule) will replace RotaTeq® (given in a 3-dose schedule). After 1st July 2017, Rotarix® will be the only rotavirus vaccine used … Continued

Meningococcal disease and vaccines

Meningococcal disease is caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. There are 13 known sub-types and of these, 5 are currently vaccine preventable (B and A, C, W, Y). In 2017, the main serotypes causing disease in Australia are B, W and Y, with variations … Continued


A number of families and consumers and healthcare professionals have been asking MVEC staff about the MTHFR gene and possible adverse events following immunisation [AEFI] MTHFR stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, which is the name of an enzyme involved in folate … Continued


Alternative title: Shingles What is it? Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox . After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays in the body in a dormant (inactive) state. For reasons … Continued

Allergy and immunisation

Hypersensitivity/allergic reactions following immunisation can be classified as: Urticarial- a red, itchy skin rash often referred to as hives, which characteristically has a central raised white wheal surrounded by an area of redness Non-urticarial- skin changes that don’t involve hives … Continued

Needle phobia

Many people may find the experience of having a needle an unpleasant one. However for some people, the experience is much more difficult, presenting as a real phobia characterised by both severe and persistent anxiety and fear. As a result, … Continued

Melbourne University

Welcome to MVEC

The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) is a new web-based initiative, providing up-to-date immunisation information for healthcare professionals, parents and the public.

It is a collaboration between The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and its Melbourne Children’s campus partners (Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The University of Melbourne) and Monash Health.

MVEC aims to address common queries around vaccines and to promote the benefits of immunisation for both children and adults.