Occupational and medical at-risk groups

Occupational vaccines

Program lead: Dr Holly Seale
A/Prof David Heslop, Prof Raina MacIntyre, Dr Abrar Chughtai
Students: Ms Sonya Nicholl

There are many adult populations that are at increased risk of contracting vaccine-preventable diseases. These include, but are not limited to, occupational, behavioural and medical risk groups.

In occupational immunisations, working in some jobs increases exposure to some vaccine-preventable diseases. For example, for adults working with vulnerable people, such as in health care, laboratories, aged care or childcare, they may be exposed to and infect others with disease. Other groups may be vulnerable because they are immunosuppressed or have medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes, that place them at risk of infections. 

UNSW VIRL aims to address the gaps in at-risk vaccination groups to identify strategies to best protect those at increased risk.

Mission statement

To reduce the immunisation gap between adults and children through research, teaching and advocacy, with a special focus on the elderly, high risk and vulnerable populations.

Contact Us

Dr Rob Menzies

Dr Rob Menzies

Senior Lecturer

02 93853480

r.menzies@unsw.edu.au

Dr Elizabeth Kpozehouen

Dr Elizabeth Kpozehouen

Research Associate

02 9385 1192

e.kpozehouen@unsw.edu.au