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Age is not just a number - synopsis of the 5th New Zealand Influenza Symposium 2019

Summary

This paper is a summary of the 5th New Zealand Influenza Symposium run by the Immunisation Advisory Centre in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. National and international presenters discussed improving the uptake of the influenza vaccine in New Zealand, and the severity and consequences of influenza, particularly for the elderly and those with chronic health issues. Highlighted were the benefits of influenza vaccination and how it can reduce declines in cognitive and physical health that can lead to loss of independence for older people.

Influences and policies that affect immunisation coverage - a review of literature

To provide adequate direct and indirect protection against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD), a high proportion of the population needs to be immune. Specific immunity against certain diseases can be achieved through immunisation with vaccines or exposure to the pathogen itself. The aim of immunisation programmes is to generate immunity in individuals and within the community to prevent the spread of disease and to reduce the impact of such diseases.

Influences and policies that affect immunisation coverage - a summary review of literature

Effective national immunisation programmes require a high proportion of the population to be immunised. Although New Zealand has made significant progress towards immunisation goals over the last two decades, immunisation coverage remains inadequate to prevent intermittent outbreaks of disease and immunisation inequities persist between geographic, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

Review of evidence to inform the New Zealand National Immunisation Schedule, 2018: Pertussis

Even with immunisation programmes, pertussis remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Infants are especially vulnerable to this highly contagious bacterial infection due to the immaturity of their immune and respiratory systems.

National Immunisation Coverage for New Zealand 2018

This is a series of graphs summarising recent trends in data from the Ministry of Health National and DHB immunisation data
They show what proportion of New Zealand children, reported as a percent, are fully immunised at 6 months, 8 months, 2 years and 5 years. There
are also separate graphs showing proportions of children immunised for different ethnicities and different levels of deprivation.

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.