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.