We need to see suitable infection prevention measures alongside targeted public health campaigns to reduce COVID infections across the community.
Though the outbreaks overseas are bigger, a number of cases have also been detected in Australia so far this year.
Trust, particularly in government leaders, has diminished over time.
While some lucky people believe they’ve never had COVID, many are facing their second, third or even fourth infection. Here’s what the evidence shows.
The TGA has just approved a vaccine against RSV for Australians over 60. Here’s where protection is up to for the youngest children, who are also at risk from the virus.
The influenza virus, which causes seasonal flu, is back at its usual rate after a hiatus due to health measures.
The current triple epidemic of respiratory viruses is affecting all age groups, prompting comparisons with the pre-COVID-19 era.
Rabies virus (red) has an incubation period that can last from days to months.
An unexpected case of rabies found in an animal can raise concerns for a potential outbreak. Proactive vaccination of both wildlife and people can help protect everyone.
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Nigeria’s medical community is mourning the death of public health physician and university administrator, Emeritus Professor Umaru Shehu.
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Millions of high-risk older Australians aren’t getting recommended vaccinations against COVID, the flu, pneumococcal disease and shingles.
Currently we see more than 600,000 deaths from this mosquito-borne disease each year. This new vaccine – the second approved to treat malaria – could change things.
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In this episode of The Conversation Weekly, we hear from the scientists behind a new malaria vaccine developed by the University of Oxford.
Chlamydia is devastating for koalas, but the vaccine to prevent infection requires a booster shot. Recapturing the animals for their booster shot is costly and stresses them, but there’s a solution.
Cholera, Le Petite Journal (1912).
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No matter how much we believe our knowledge and our technological capabilities have evolved, pandemics prove we are still at the mercy of the natural world.
As COVID finds its equilibrium, infection rates will rise and fall, influenced by seasons, school holidays and new subvariants. Managing the risk is complex and needs to be cost effective.
Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against diphtheria.
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Seven children at a nursery in Stoke-on-Trent have caught measles. But other parts of the UK are at risk too.
Projections from the UKHSA suggest London could see a measles outbreak totalling 40,000 to 160,000 cases at current vaccination levels.
Extensive evidence shows COVID-19 vaccinations in pregnancy are safe, when given at any time during the pregnancy.
COVID-19 vaccination has been shown to be safe in pregnancy, and protects both the mother and infant from severe disease. It’s now also clear that infants’ antibody protection continues after birth.
A member of the Syria Immunization Team holding cholera vaccinations.
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The aim of vaccination is to prevent infection. In addition, vaccination is intended to reduce the risk of severe illness.
Widespread vaccination of children would likely avert thousands of cases of long COVID in the UK.