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Immunisation at the crossroads: 9th National Immunisation/1st Asia–Pacific Vaccine Preventable Diseases Conference

Peter B McIntyre, Heath A Kelly and E Kim Mulholland
Med J Aust 2005; 182 (1): 15-16.
Published online: 3 January 2005

A stocktake of vaccination strategies and challenges

The 9th National Immunisation Conference of the Public Health Association of Australia was held in August 2004 in Cairns, Queensland, in conjunction with the 1st Asia–Pacific Vaccine Preventable Diseases Conference. The conference was attended by more than 400 delegates, predominantly from the Asia–Pacific region. A theme of the conference was the potential of vaccines to achieve greater equity in health outcomes. A session on the Australian recommended immunisation schedule generated vigorous discussion, highlighting the difficulty of dealing with a schedule that includes vaccines not funded for universal use.

  • Peter B McIntyre1
  • Heath A Kelly2
  • E Kim Mulholland3

  • 1 National Centre for Immunisation Research, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.

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