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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.


AusVaxSafety surveillance reassures flu vaccine safe in children

Nov 2015 - News

AusVaxSafety has completed the second year of active influenza vaccine safety surveillance in children under 5 years of age. Data collected in 2015 provides reassurance of the safety of influenza vaccines. Results from AusVaxSafety surveillance for 2015 have recently been published in Eurosurveillance and are summarised here.


New NSW Specialist Immunisation Service telephone advice line

Nov 2015 - News

A specialist immunisation advice line 1800 NSWISS (1800 679477) is now available to provide clinical advice and support to immunisation providers in NSW.

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October 2015 Message Stick newsletter now available

Nov 2015 - News

The October 2015 issue of the National Indigenous Immunisation Message Stick (NIIMS) is now available. This issue includes an update on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander immunisation programs and information on the Australian Government’s No Jab, No Pay measure.

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New study into febrile seizures in children

Sep 2015 - News

We are looking for children aged 12 to 42 months who have never had a seizure to be in the control group of a new study at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. The study is examining the developmental outcomes and possible genetic link in young children who have had febrile seizures. Read more


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