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NCIRS A/Prof Nick Wood interviewed by ABC News

Jan 2016 - News

Associate Professor Nick Wood of NCIRS has commented on a recent study into attitudes of parents who avoid vaccinating their children. A/Prof Wood has suggested that promoting shame among parents who did not vaccinate was not an effective tactic to improve vaccination rates. He also emphasised that it was important to not 'lump-in' people who could not get their children vaccinated for logistical reasons with those who were ideologically opposed to vaccination.

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PDF of 10th edition Immunisation Handbook (2015 update) available online

Jan 2016 - News

A PDF version of the 2015 update of the 10th edition Australian Immunisation Handbook is available on the Australian Government Department of Health Immunise Australia website.

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'No jab, no pay' begins - Radio National podcast

Jan 2016 - News

Associate Professor Kristine Macartney of NCIRS appeared on ABC's Radio National breakfast program on January 11 to discuss the introduction of the federal government's 'No Jab, No Pay' initiative. This policy came into effect on January 1 and stipulates that children who are not fully immunised up to the age of 19 are no longer eligible for the Child Care Benefit or Rebate, nor the Family Tax Benefit A supplement. However, some experts have raised concerns that the policy may be counter-productive.

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Vaccines to expect when you're expecting and why

Jan 2016 - News

Immune systems of women are uniquely altered by pregnancy. Because of this, vaccination against influenza is strongly recommended during this time as pregnancy increases the risk of complications. Similarly, newborns are particularly vulnerable to certain infections, and don't respond well to some vaccines until they are at least a few months old. In this Conversation explainer, NCIRS Deputy Director Kristine Macartney, with Annette Regan and Helen Marshall, explain which vaccinations are recommended during pregnancy, and why.

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Whooping Cough Immunisation Clinic opens at Westmead

Dec 2015 - News

Associate Professor Nicholas Wood of NCIRS attended the opening of the new Whooping Cough Immunisation Clinic at Westmead Hospital. The new clinic, targeting pregnant women booked for birth at the hospital, is the first to be opened in the Western Sydney Local Health District and aims to reduce rates of pertussis (whooping cough) in pregnant women, new mothers and their newborn babies.

 

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NCIRS vaccination in pregnancy fact sheet

Dec 2015 - News

Vaccination against pertussis (whooping cough) and influenza in pregnancy is strongly recommended to protect expectant mothers and their babies against these serious infections. Other vaccines are not routinely recommended during pregnancy but may be considered in special circumstances. NCIRS has developed a new fact sheet for immunisation providers which outlines these recommendations.  

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Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI) resources

Dec 2015 - News

Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI) resources are designed to help medical professionals answer parents’ questions about immunisation. They currently include “How are vaccines shown to be safe?” “What is in vaccines?” “Why is the schedule the way it is?” “How do vaccines affect immunity?” and “What about autism?”

The resources have been developed by a team of researchers and experts in immunisation called the SARAH collaboration. This national collaboration has been led by Associate Professor Julie Leask, in conjunction with NCIRS, the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne and the Telethon Kids Institute, and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. They are available on the Immunise Australia Website.

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Pertussis immunisation in pregnancy: a summary of funded Australian state and territory programs

Dec 2015 - News

Written by Dr Frank Beard, this summary was published in the latest issue of Communicable Diseases Intelligence. It is the first published comparison of the state and territory programs for pertussis immunisation in pregnancy which are now in place across Australia. The summary found that the programs are likely to be of questionable sustainability if they remained outside the National Immunisation Program (NIP). It is currently unclear whether any vaccine manufacturer intends to submit an application for inclusion on the NIP and unclear what the outcome of such an application, if it eventuates, would be.

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Delegation from Osaka University, Osaka City University, Saga University

Dec 2015 - News

On 18 November, a delegation of senior academics from Japan arrived at NCIRS. Their aim was to discuss their proposed research on the effectiveness and safety of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in Japan in the context of the withdrawal of the vaccine in 2013 following reports of a variety of possible adverse events. NCIRS staff met with the delegation to discuss vaccine safety, adverse event surveillance and vaccine effectiveness assessment. The delegation expressed their appreciation for a fruitful meeting and expressed a desire to stay in touch with NCIRS staff until the issues in Japan are resolved.


Surveying the Rhododendron Festival

Dec 2015 - News

Dr Kerrie Wiley from our Social Science and Communication group joined forces with Dr Jon Wardle and Dr Jane Frawley of UTS Faculty of Health Sciences and Dr Jackie Janosi and Mr Andrew Warrilow of the Nepean Blue Mountains PHN to survey parents in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, about their attitudes to immunisation. They attended the annual Rhododendron Festival in Blackheath on 7 November, pounding the pavement and striking up conversations with parents at the event. The Mountains turned on spectacular spring weather, prompting many local families to go out and enjoy the sunshine. The day was a success for the team, with the majority of parents approached happy to share their thoughts, the results of which are being  collated and will be used to help inform local immunisation communication strategies.


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