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Advances in providing meningococcal disease prevention in children

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
On-demand

On-demand recorded 22 Sep 2020

Meningococcal disease is greatly feared by parents with young children because it can be deadly or damaging with severe and difficult psychological complications.  There are particular population groups at substantial increased risk of infection, including indigenous Australians, children with immunosuppression due to absent or defective spleen or abnormalities of the complement system, in teenagers and young adults, those living in crowded circumstance, or those who partake of cigarette smoking.

After decades of development, we finally have a vaccine that is licensed for routine use and known for being both safe and effective in children. Unusually, babies being given this vaccine should first receive paracetamol as prophylaxis against fever before receiving the meningococcal vaccine injection.

The new vaccine will be paid for by the Government for Indigenous children, placing Australia as one of the few countries that are both recommending and financing the use of meningococcal vaccines in high risk children.

Learning outcomes

  • An understanding of the burden of disease and nature of the different serotypes
  • Knowledge around recognition of early symptoms
  • Knowledge of the vaccination schedules and NIP funded programs
  • An understanding of vaccine safety and effectiveness
  • This event attracts 2 CPD points

    Facilitator

    Dr Andrew Leech
    GP Host

    Presenter

    Professor Robert Booy
    Infectious diseases specialist and paediatrician

    Professor Robert Booy is an infectious diseases paediatrician. Since 2005 he has worked at the University of Sydney in the fields of vaccinology, epidemiology and infectious diseases. He is currently a Senior Professorial Fellow at the University of Sydney Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School. From 2005 to 2019 he held the position of Head of Clinical Research at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) at Westmead Children's Hospital and remains an Affiliate of NCIRS.

    Type
    Delivery
    Title
    Advances in providing meningococcal disease prevention in children
    Interest Areas / Topics Covered
    Child and family health, Child health/paediatrics/immunisation, Children and young peoples health, Travel vaccinations/medicine
    Location
    Provider Type
    Non Profit Organisation
    Duration
    On-demand
    CPD Points
    2
    Price
    Free
    Location
    Online
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