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Seasonal influenza and vaccination strategies-is a paradigm shift needed? A synopsis of the 3rd New Zealand Influenza Symposium, November 2016.

Influenza continues to be a global public health problem despite the availability of preventive vaccines and public health vaccination programmes. This paper presents a synopsis of the 3rd New Zealand Influenza Symposium (NZiS) that was hosted by the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) in November 2016. Experts and service providers convened to discuss current issues in the prevention and management of influenza. One of the key topics discussed was the use of novel vaccines, such as adjuvanted and high-dose vaccines, and antiviral prophylaxis to protect young children and the elderly.

Perceptions of caregivers and providers regarding the potential introduction of the varicella vaccine to the childhood immunisation schedule in New Zealand: A qualitative exploratory study

Aim The varicella vaccine has been proposed to be added to the childhood immunisation schedule in New Zealand as the fourth injectable at the 15-month event. We sought to understand the perceptions of caregivers and health-care providers regarding the potential introduction of routine varicella vaccination.

The challenges and opportunities of translating best practice immunisation strategies among low performing general practices to reduce equity gaps in childhood immunisation coverage in New Zealand

Background: Immunisation coverage rates vary considerably at the local level across New Zealand and challenges remain with effectively translating best available research evidence into public health practice. This study aimed to translate best practices from high performing general practices into strategies to improve childhood immunisation coverage among low performing practices.

Conference and workshops

IMAC holds an immunisation workshop every year. The workshop programme is designed for front-line vaccinators, health care workers and immunisation coordinators. The topics tend to focus on practical aspects of service delivery and communication, but there are also clinical and technical updates. 

Education and training

The Immunisation Advisory Centre provides a range of education and training options for health professionals, including accredited training to become an authorised vaccinator, update courses and information sessions. We offer online, face to face and blended (mixture of online and face to face) learning opportunities.