Infection and Immunity researchers work to address important health problems that impact children both locally and globally. This includes the investigation of non-communicable infections, immune conditions and allergies that affect Australian children at all stages of childhood. A major focus of the Theme is vaccine development, in particular vaccines that can be delivered children in developing countries, ensuring they are protected from preventable diseases. A range of vaccines are being tested for safety and quality, with a number of exciting new delivery mechanisms being studied for effectiveness.
Researchers at Murdoch Childrens collaborate with international governments and bodies to test and implement vaccines, as well as performing ongoing surveillance to measure effectiveness.
Ultimately the Infection and Immunity Theme aims to protect against preventable communicable diseases, both locally in Australia and internationally in developing countries, where a simple vaccine can potentially save the lives of thousands of children.