Research and surveillance activities include surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases, vaccination coverage and adverse events, vaccine safety and program evaluations and social research. NCIRS also provides technical support for the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, including production of The Australian Immunisation Handbook.
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We acknowledge that the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS) is on the land of the traditional owners the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Australians, and recognise their culture, history, diversity and their deep connection to the land. Together, through research and partnership, we aim to move to a place of equity for all. NCIRS also acknowledges and pays respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations from which our research, staff and community are drawn.
* ‘Indigenous’ is used on these pages to incorporate all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Data from AusVaxSafety confirm the safety of new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil9® in Australian adolescents. Over 8,000 parents of vaccinated 11–14 year olds have provided feedback to an SMS-based survey of safety after the jab. Gardasil9® vaccine was added to the National Immunisation Program this year for adolescent males and females and prevents HPV-related cancers, such as cervical, and head and neck cancer.
A report published in the prestigious American journal JAMA Pediatrics, gives results of a National Health and Medical Research Council funded collaborative trial led by researchers from NCIRS. This study was a collaboration between NCIRS and the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Western Australia, together with the Murdoch Children’s, Robinson and Telethon Research Institutes. This is the largest ever trial of a pertussis vaccine at birth and included 440 newborns in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The trial was designed to show whether also giving pertussis vaccine at birth could protect against life-threatening whooping cough in the first 3 months of life.