No, HPV Vaccines Don't Make Girls Promiscuous

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A Canadian study shows that HPV shots don't make girls promiscuous, as some parents have feared. But given that HPV causes about 70% of cervical cancers, this is hardly something we should be worrying about.

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a serious health problem. It's the most common STD in America and, with the exception of HIV, the most fatal. It's known to cause several types of cancer, including carcinomas of the cervix, anus, penis, and throat. It's imperative, therefore, that we encourage HPV vaccinations for both girls and boys.

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CRE Scientific Advisory Board 3rd annual meeting

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A Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) was established to provide expert advice and strategic direction for the CRE. The 2014 SAB members were Professor Margaret Burgess (Chair), Dr Wendy Bissinger, Professor Lisa Maher, Professor Terry Nolan, Professor Ross Andrews, Professor Sandra Eades, Dr Margaret Kay and Professor Nicholas Zwar.

The third SAB meeting was successfully held on 21st  November 2014 at UNSW

CRE Immunisation 2013 Annual Report

Medical Journal: Flu Vaccinations Are Safe For Australian Children

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Influenza vaccines currently registered for use in young children in Australia are safe and well tolerated by children aged under 10 years but regular monitoring is needed, according to research in the Medical Journal of Australia.

A team of researchers, led by paediatrician Dr Nicholas Wood from the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, surveyed the parents and carers of children who received flu vaccinations at six tertiary paediatric hospitals and selected primary health care providers between March and July 2013.

Dr Wood is the CRE immunisation's Professional Research Person

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Indigenous Australia's HIV crisis never happened: five questions to James Ward

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Medical researcher and CRE Immunisation AI, James Ward takes over the @IndigenousX account this week. Get yourself and your mob informed about HIV

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Immunisation rates in Australia

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Vaccination rates in Australia are very high. 92% of children are fully vaccinated for their age.
Dr Julie Leask, University of Sydney, explains what Australia has done to improve immunisation rates and keep them high. She also explains what is being done to reach those are currently not vaccinated for various reasons.

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Access to vaccines in remote Australian communities

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Dr Julie Leask, University of Sydney, discusses immunisation rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities.
Poverty, transport issues, access to health services can put some communities at a disadvantage.
However, Australia has seen some success with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities. By the age of two, most children have rates similar to the national average. In fact, hepatitis B vaccination rates are even higher in Aboriginal children than in the wider population.

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ARM training workshop for Ebola responders

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Event date : 
Fri, 24/10/2014 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
Location : 
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Australia


The ARM network is pleased to present a 1 day intensive workshop for ARM members intending to deploy to West Africa for the Ebola response, as well as for first-line responders (GP, police, defense, emergency workers, paramedics)  in Australia who may be faced with a local case. We are aware that some responders are non-clinicians, and that some clinician responders do not have extensive infectious diseases training. Field epidemiologists and first line responders may also be in situations of increased risk in contact tracing activities outside of the direct clinical setting. Given the high rate of health worker infections in the West African outbreak, there is clearly a major occupational health and safety risk to responders. A free short workshop is being offered for ARM members who are considering deploying for the Ebola outbreak. The workshop is intended to fill gaps in routine training provided by deploying agencies.

Workshop content will be delivered by relevant experts and includes:

  • Hospital infection control
  • Hand hygiene
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Disinfection and environmental controls
  • Collection and handling of laboratory specimens
  • Update on experimental drugs and vaccines
  • Clinical features of Ebola including paeditaric vs adult disease
  • Packing for your trip
  • Cultural, social and health system issues in Liberia and Sierra Leone (delivered by health professionals from those countries)

Venue: Friday October 24th, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW.

The workshop is provided free. Non-members who are intending to deploy through other agencies or mechanisms are also welcome. Places are limited and priority will be given to ARM members.

ARM is a non-profit network run by in-kind contributions from SPHCM UNSW, The Burnet Institute and The MAE Program of ANU. To register interest, please email ARM Admin

Interesting statistics, the impact of vaccines in the USA

The impact of vaccines, Interesting statistics before and after

Before vaccine in 1923: During early 1920s, 100,000 to 200,000 cases annually; 15,000 deaths in 1921
2012: one case
Before vaccine in 1937: From 1920-26, 1,314 cases per year, 20 percent of which resulted in death
2012: 37 cases

Before vaccine in 1945: In 1918-19, outbreak of “Spanish flu” kills 500,000
Since mid-1980s: Deaths have ranged from 3,000 to 49,000 per year

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New Report: Hepatitis B and C infections underlying causes of liver disease in 75 liver transplants and an estimated 1000 deaths in Australia in 2013

Annual surveillance report shows hepatitis C deaths have more than doubled in a decade, syphilis hits all-time high Hepatitis B and C infections were the underlying causes of liver disease in 75 liver transplants and an estimated 1000 deaths in Australia  2013.    Figures from the report indicate a massive disease burden caused by the hepatitis B and hepatitis C virus infections affecting Australians. In 2013, an estimated 210 000 people were living with chronic hepatitis B infection and 230 000 people were living with chronic hepatitis C infection in Australia. Among those with chronic hepatitis C, 80 000 people have moderate-to-severe liver disease, including 15,900 with cirrhosis. An estimated 630 people died from hepatitis C liver failure and liver cancer in 2013, 160% greater than the number of deaths 10 years ago (250 in 2003). Read more here

Find out what immunisations you may need depending on your Health, Age, Lifestyle and Occupation (HALO).

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To be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, you need immunisations throughout your life, not just in childhood. Use this quick checklist to find out what immunisations you may need depending on your Health, Age, Lifestyle and Occupation (HALO). Talk to your doctor or immunisation provider

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