21st Century Medicine: Vaccine scares and successes
12 September 2012
Periodic vaccine safety scares have the potential to undermine the trust of the public, and even health professionals, in the vaccine program. Concern about the safety of Australia's own brand of influenza vaccine arose in 2010 with excess reports of febrile convulsions in vaccinated infants; the associated vaccine remains suspended for use in young children while the mechanism of injury is becoming clearer. A national government enquiry, the Horvath review, uncovered room for improvements that are being implemented. Our surveillance will be more active and able to detect new issues earlier. Further innovation in data linkage, with ethical clearance, is coming.
The speaker: Professor Robert Booy is Head of the Clinical Research team at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) where he joined in 2005. He is a medical graduate of the University of Queensland (1984) and trained in Paediatrics at the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane. His MD is based on Hib immunisation research in Oxford during the 1990s.
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Location: Law School Lecture Theatre 101
Cost: Free but booking is essential
Contact: Sydney Ideas
Phone: 9351 2943