Flu Vaccine 2020

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Influenza Vaccine Composition 2020 – Southern Hemisphere/Australia The formulation of influenza vaccines for use in Australia is determined each year by the Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) based on information and recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO). A meeting of the AIVC was held on 9th October 2019 where the expert committee reviewed and… Read more »

2019 Flu Season update

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It’s a bad year for flu, but it’s too early to call it the worst ever – 5 charts on the 2019 season so far The impact of the flu on a population can be measured by looking at figures including cases, hospitalisations and deaths. From shutterstock.com Ian Barr, WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and… Read more »

2019 Statement from The Immunisation Coalition on Flu Vaccination

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Statement – 16 March 2019 The Immunisation Coalition (IC) recommends influenza vaccination as the safest way to protect the public against influenza. Influenza vaccine is funded as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for at risk groups, including people 65 and over, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions. The IC concurs with… Read more »

Vaccines have health effects beyond protecting against target diseases

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Child ready to receive measles vaccine, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau. Christine Stabell Benn, Author provided Christine Stabell Benn, University of Southern Denmark A measles vaccine protects against measles infection. By introducing a bit of weakened virus, the immune system learns how to deal with it, so when a real measles virus comes along, it can eliminate it…. Read more »

Benefits of a High Fibre Diet

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An excellent article from the BBC explaining the benefits of a high fibre diet. The researchers, at the University of Otago, in New Zealand, and the University of Dundee say people should be eating a minimum of 25g of fibre per day. Have a read of this article and assess your fibre intake: The lifesaving… Read more »

Annual Australian Laboratory Confirmed Flu Statistics

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I always find it interesting to look at the data of confirmed cases of influenza at the end of every year in Australia. The graph below provides a summary of surveillance data collected from around Australia since 2012. Fascinating to compare the last two years where there were 194,919 more confirmed cases of flu cases… Read more »

2019 Flu vaccine recommendations from WHO

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  The WHO (World Health Organisation) recently released its recommendations for the 2019 flu vaccine: an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus; an A/Switzerland/8060/2017 (H3N2)-like virus; a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage); and a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage). This represents 2 strain changes from this years (2018) flu vaccine. WHO convenes in February and September each year to… Read more »

Effectiveness of the flu vaccine: RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.

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Fact check: Are your chances of getting the flu after a vaccination only decreased by 1 to 2 per cent? Updated Thu at 11:33am PHOTO: Professor of Public Health at Bond University, Chris Del Mar, has called into question the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine. (ABC News: Aneeta Bhole) The claim Australia is well into the midst of… Read more »