Research and surveillance activities include surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases, vaccination coverage and adverse events, program evaluations and social research. NCIRS also provides technical support for the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, including production of The Australian Immunisation Handbook.
The Centre also conducts an extensive program of clinical trials funded by diverse sources.
NCIRS has developed a slide set summarising the changes made in the 2016 annual update of The Australian Immunisation Handbook which is now available on the Immunise Australia website ....
Dr J Kevin Yin, senior research officer at NCIRS, attended the Options IX for the Control of Influenza conference in Chicago, USA, from the 24th-28th of August. He presented two posters on influenza research from NCIRS. The study entitled ‘Systematic review and meta-analysis of indirect protection afforded by vaccinating children against seasonal influenza: implications for policy was awarded with “distinction” poster award. Led by Kevin, with co-authors Anita Heywood (UNSW), Melina Georgousakis, Catherine King, Clayton Chiu, David Isaacs (CHW) and Kristine Macartney, this examines the evidence for herd immunity from influenza vaccination of children. Congratulations Kevin and team on this prestigious award!