Neonatal vaccines workshop

Date Published:
23 Oct 2015
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Following the successful workshop in Melbourne in 2014 to explore the issue of induction of allergy by early vaccination, an invitee only workshop on “Neonatal vaccination – current and future role in Australia and the region - a research and policy seminar” was held on October 21st and October 22nd 2015, attended by 19 researchers in neonatal vaccination from across Australia and from New Zealand. The workshop heard presentations on current Australian neonatal vaccination studies including pertussis (Wood/McIntyre), BCG (Prof Nigel Curtis ,RCH and U Melb), rotavirus (Prof Julie Bines RCH and U Melb) and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (Dr Anita van den Biggelar and A/Prof Chris Blyth UWA) and discussed questions arising from this research and next steps. These included evidence gaps needed to progress neonatal immunisation, connection between neonatal and maternal vaccination initiatives; and opportunities for research and collaboration. The meeting endorsed the value of continuing to develop a report of current burden of vaccinepreventable
diseases in the first 3 months of life, initiated through the rotavirus project under student Vyoma Patel in 2013/14. Proceedings and recommendations of this workshop will be produced for publication

Some participants at the neonatal vaccines workshop
Dr Anita van den Biggelar (UWA). A/Prof Katie Flanagan (Monash and U Tas); Prof Nigel Curtis (U Melb),
A/Prof Chris Blyth (UWA), Prof Margaret Burgess, Dr Elizabeth Wilson (NZ) ,A/Prof Kristine Macartney, Dr
Jenny Royle ,A/Prof Helen Marshall (U Adel), Prof Peter McIntyre, Prof Robert Booy, Dr Nicholas Wood