- Press Release
Australia driving global immunisation
Australia’s significant contributions to the science of vaccines and immunisation programs are not widely recognised.
Immunisation support is one of the most proven and cost-effective investments in global health, human security and international development, according to Associate Professor Tilman Ruff from the University of Melbourne.
In the December issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, A/Prof. Ruff and colleagues review Australia’s contributions to global immunisation in an effort to encourage further action and identify ways this might be done.
“Australians have made important scientific contributions ranging from discoveries about the way our immune system works, through to the ways that pathogens cause human, animal and plant diseases and how vaccines can be crafted to prevent these.
“Australians have also been leaders in the roll-out of vaccines worldwide to reach those who need them most.
“We were among the first countries to introduce vaccines against polio and measles, and in 2007 Australia was the first country to fund HPV vaccine for all females aged 12 to 26 years.
“Australia is well placed to expand its investment in immunisation and to help support low and middle-income countries to expand their immunisation efforts.”
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