Category Archives: Public health

Invasive pneumococcal disease – the impetus for immunisation

Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance (Australia) – recent report gives you a good idea of which serotypes of pneumococcus are within the different vaccines and the recent changes to serotype-specific IPD indidence – we are seeing quite an impact that is … Continue reading

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Microbial Genomics for Public Health and Clinical Microbiology- Nov 2016 symposium report

This recent symposium was a great wrap up of whole genome sequencing at its many applications organised by the Doherty Institute in Melbourne.  Here is my (short) Doherty-symposium report which will give you some idea of where things are going- a rapidly developing … Continue reading

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BCG vaccine – more than just protection from childhood tuberculosis

This is a useful BCG systematic review concerning childhood protection against TB- worth reading in detail. Longterm BCG protection into adulthood – vaccine efficacy (VE) 10-19 years post BCG was 58% (95% CI 27 to 76) p=0·002 and there was still a non-significant … Continue reading

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Epidemiology – don’t be lost for words!

As part of your systematic review of a micro-organism species or group of species (e.g. Enterobacteriaceae) , knowledge about the ‘epidemiology‘ is essential,  the second element in the ORGANISM knowledge proforma. “Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related … Continue reading

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