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The World Health Organization (WHO) has this week verified that Australia has eliminated rubella.
A media statement by The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, has said that ‘the elimination of rubella is a great day for public health in Australia and sends a powerful message that vaccinations work’ and is ‘testimony to the success of our National Immunisation Program’.
We should not become complacent though, say NCIRS experts Professor Kristine Macartney, Associate Professor Heather Gidding and Dr Aditi Dey in their article published in The Conversation.
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.