Immunisation – Get the Facts

A new campaign has been launched by the Government to encourage parents to ‘Get The Facts About Immunisation’. We know parents want evidence based information to support decision making about childhood vaccinations, so we’re making it easier to ‘get the … Continued

Zostavax – GP decision aid

Zostavax® contains live attenuated varicella-zoster virus, containing 14 times more virus than childhood varicella vaccines. Administration to people who are immunocompromised is associated with risk of disseminated disease from the vaccine virus. This screening tool can be used to aid … Continued

TVU 2017 – Bookings Now Open!

Due to the success of the Travel Vaccine Update (TVU) last year, 2017 sees the return of the event, hosted by MVEC at the Ella Latham Theatre (Royal Children’s Hospital) on Thursday 31st August, from 6pm – 9pm. Tickets are now available through … Continued

Meningococcal disease

Meningococcal disease is caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. There are 13 known sub-types (A, B, C, W and Y). In 2016, the main serotypes causing disease in Australia are B and W with variations noted by state. Importantly, they … Continued


A number of families and consumers and healthcare professionals have been asking MVEC staff about the MHFTR gene (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) and possible adverse events following immunisation [AEFI]. Please find some information and resources on our MVEC page.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s)

We have recently developed some FAQ’s related to general vaccine enquiries including information on catch up immunisations. Please refer to our MVEC page

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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.