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Measuring vaccine effectiveness in Fiji

Research News
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 2:00pm
The Fiji Health Sector Support Project (FHSSP), funded by the Australian Government, has supported the Fiji Ministry of Health to introduce life-saving vaccines into their national immunisation program.

The program is now providing vaccinations to infants and school children around the nation to prevent common childhood diseases such as rotavirus diarrhoea, pneumococcal pneumonia and meningitis; and cervical cancer in women, using the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

Three new vaccines have been introduced since 2012. Two years on, Fiji now has a 95% immunisation coverage rate. Associate Professor Fiona Russell, Principal Research Fellow at Murdoch Children's Research Institute, is leading a team of researchers to determine the effectiveness of the vaccines in not only protecting vaccinated children from these diseases, but also in unvaccinated communities. The FHSSP has produced a video about this work.

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