News & Events

  • 08 August 2016
Congratulations to A/Prof Kristine Macartney and team on being awarded a NHMRC-funded Partnership Project for Reducing vaccine preventable diseases in children: using national active hospital-based surveillance to evaluate and improve immunisation program performance. This project is aimed at improving immunisation programs to effectively and equitably prevent illness and death due to t...
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  • 17 May 2016
  With winter coming soon, it’s time for parents and children to be vaccinated against influenza to be vaccinated against influenza now. Influenza is a viral respiratory illness that is responsible for thousands of children and adults of all ages each year being admitted to hospital in Australia. Active vaccine safety surveillance is conducted nationally in young children to monitor fo...
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Vaccines
Vaccines provide essential protection against devastating infections – but no child likes to have a needle. The HibMenC study was run at the Kids Research Institute to test a new way of vaccinating against meningitis C - a serious and potentially fatal infection – at the same time as haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). As a result of the study, children can receive full protection against bot...
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Bernadette's Story
It started like any other toddler bug: a high temperature, nausea and generally feeling unwell. But by 5am Bernadette’s body was covered in tiny red and purple spots. As one of the most serious cases of meningococcal B ever reported in NSW, Bernadette was put into an induced coma, helped to breathe artificially and hooked up to a dialysis machine as her kidneys failed. She spent five weeks in...
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