Menzies Lunchtime Seminar - The changing face of Meningococcal disease and vaccine recommendations in Australia

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Presenter:  Dr Margie Danchin, Senior Research Fellow, Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Date: Mar 01, 2018

Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Contact person:  Jane Nelson
T: (08) 8946 8522

Location:  Auditorium | John Mathews Building (Bldg 58), Royal Darwin Hospital Campus (available on WebEx)

The changing face of Meningococcal disease and vaccine recommendations in Australia

Over the last four years, the epidemiology of meningococcal disease in Australia has changed with an increase in invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) rates, with increasing prominence of serogroup W. The NT had the highest rates of IMD due to MenW in 2017 associated with an outbreak in Central Australia in September 2017. As a result there have been changes made to the National Immunisation program (NIP) with introduction of the quadrivalent ACWY conjugate meningococcal vaccine at 12 months as well as targeted programs in the NT and QLD for children 1-19 years and a state-based school based program for 15-19 year olds. The changing epidemiology and vaccine recommendations in Australia will be discussed.

Margie is a senior research fellow at the MCRI and a consultant paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Department of Paediatrics. She has extensive expertise in vaccine research focused on clinical trials, vaccine safety and vaccine social science. Her primary research focus has shifted to developing new interventions to improve vaccine confidence and uptake amongst different populations and in different settings, including pregnancy, primary care, for high risk children and in developing country settings. She aims to provide a solid evidence base to inform vaccine policy in Australia to support the least restrictive vaccine mandates that will still ensure high vaccine coverage for Australian children. Margie is now a trusted and public face of vaccine confidence and acceptance in Australia with a prominent role in the media.

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Dr Margie Danchin - Lunchtime Seminar
Thursday, March 1, 2018
12:00 pm | Australia Central Time (Darwin, GMT+09:30) | 1 hr
Meeting number (access code): 572 883 222
Meeting password: fTM2jPb2
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