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New NCIRS fact sheet for providers - Adult vaccination

Nov 2010 - News

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) has released a new fact sheet for immunisation providers on adult vaccination.

The fact sheet provides a summary of the current national recommendations on vaccines required during adulthood, including those funded under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) and those that are recommended in the current (9th) edition of The Australian Immunisation Handbook. It also highlights adults who may be at higher risk of certain vaccine preventable diseases and need additional vaccines, such as pregnant women, immigrants and health care workers.

A summary table is also provided in the fact sheet which can be used as a quick reference for providers in the clinical setting. This is to be used in conjunction with the Handbook.

The fact sheet is available on the Immunisation Resources page. The NCIRS website features a number of resources for immunisation providers including fact sheets, coverage information, and educational tools such as MMR decision aid and Myths and Realities slide presentation.


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Researchers awarded funding to study vaccine uptake in pregnant women

Sep 2010 - News

NCIRS researchers Dr Julie Leask, Dr Spring Cooper and Dr Nick Wood were recently awarded a grant from the Financial Markets Foundation for Children to initiate a new study aimed at better understanding the behaviours and attitudes of pregnant women to influenza vaccination and pertussis vaccination postnatally.

Whooping cough, caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis, and influenza (the flu) are illnesses that commonly affect infants and young children. Both diseases are preventable by vaccination but high numbers of illnesses and deaths are still recorded in Australia.

This new study aims to understand the barriers that pregnant women and new mothers may have to receiving vaccines that can protect them and their children against whopping cough and influenza. Based on this research the team hope to develop a tool that can help mothers make informed decisions about receiving these vaccinations at the right time.

The project commenced in July 2010 and will be led by Dr Julie Leask, senior research fellow and manager of the social research team at NCIRS. Dr Spring Cooper is a senior research officer and will bring her experience from a study of the impact of gain versus loss frames on postnatal pertussis vaccination uptake. Dr Nick Wood is a paediatrician involved in a number of clinical research projects focused on maternal and neonatal immunisation. Ms Kerrie Wiley will be undertaking her PhD research based on this study.


Public Health Association Australia (PHAA) 12th National Immunisation Conference (August 2010)

Aug 2010 - News

The Public Health Association Australia (PHAA) 12th National Immunisation Conference was held on 17th - 18th August 2010 in Adelaide, South Australia.

The PHAA provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and information on public health. The Association is also involved in advocacy for public health policy, development, research and training. Over 30 NCIRS staff members attended the conference and participated in presentations or poster displays. It was a successful event and well over 500 people from around the country from various health and medical backgrounds attended.

Invited speakers:
Professor Peter McIntyre - Progress reports: Pertussis 2010
Dr Kristine Macartney - Rotavirus vaccines in Australia: an update
Professor Robert Booy - Influenza vaccines: new and old

Other presentations:

Rotavirus

Rotavirus vaccine coverage and the impact of the vaccine on the timeliness of other NIP vaccines recommended at the same age - Brynley Hull

Pertussis

Decennial administration of a reduced-antigen-content dTpa vaccine (Boostrix) in adults - Professor Robert Booy
Long term immunity of birth and one month old acellular pertussis (PA) vaccine - Dr Nick Wood
Impact of the national adolescent dTPa immunisation program - Dr Helen Quinn
Impact of removal of the 18 month DTPa dose on pertussis vaccine effectiveness - Dr Helen Quinn
Protecting infants from pertussis by immunising parents – a literature review - Kerrie Wiley

Varicella/Herpes zoster

The impact of varicella vaccination three years into a publicly funded program - Dr Anita Heywood

Congenital and neonatal varicella: impact of National Varicella Vaccination Program in Australia - Dr Gulam Khandaker
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Health AND Human papillomavirus vaccine: how effective is the uptake in Indigenous Australian females? - Telphia Joseph

Service delivery

Implementation of a state-wide policy directive for mandatory immunisation of healthcare workers - Dr Julie Leask
Awareness and attitudes toward adult pertussis vaccination recommendations in parents and carers of four and five year old children - Kerrie Wiley

Pneumococcal disease

Implementation of the national childhood pneumococcal immunisation program: stakeholder perspectives - Dr Aditi Dey

Viral diseases

Hospitalisation rates of seasonal influenza in non-Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children - Dr Clayton Chiu
The impact of hepatitis A vaccination of Indigenous Australian children - Dr Rob Menzies
Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice
The adolescent’s experience of school-based HPV vaccination - Dr Spring Cooper
Caregivers’ intentions regarding seasonal influenza and H1N1 vaccines for their children - Maria Chow
Parents of children attending childcare – beliefs about seasonal and H1N1 influenza - Catherine King

Adverse events

Ten year clinic experience of adverse events following immunisation at The Children’s Hospital, at Westmead - Dr Nick Wood
Trends in surveillance of adverse events following immunisation in Australia 2000–2009 - Dr Deepika Mahajan

Bacterial diseases

Immunogenicity and safety of the combined Hib-MenC-TT vaccine in Hib-primed/MenC-unprimed toddlers - Professor Robert Booy
Hib disease in Indigenous Australian children, 1993–2008 - Dr Rob Menzies


PhD student awarded scholarship to present recent influenza findings

May 2010 - News

NCIRS PhD student Dr Gulam Khandaker was awarded a competitive scholarship to attend and present his research findings at the Australian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) annual scientific meeting in Darwin in May.

As a member of the NCIRS clinical research team, Dr Khandaker is involved in multiple projects researching the control and management of influenza. The competitive scholarship provided by the ASID council allowed Dr Khandaker to present results from three independent influenza studies.

One of the studies described the challenges and difficulties associated with managing influenza outbreaks in aged care facilities during influenza pandemics. The results from this study were recently published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA).

The ASID annual conference is a national meeting which brings together researchers and specialists from a broad range of infectious disease fields, from microbial genomics to public health. Others from NCIRS who attended the 3-day conference included Director Professor Peter McIntyre and Head of Clinical Research Professor Robert Booy.

Dr Khandaker is currently completing his paediatrics specialist training while enrolled part time in a PhD at NCIRS under the supervision of Professor Robert Booy. His associate supervisor is Professor Dominic Dwyer from the University of Sydney.


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