C Raina MacIntyre

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Researchers at the Kirby Institute and UNSW Sydney have found that due to a decrease in the effectiveness of the flu vaccine over time, June and July could be the best time to get the jab for overall protection against the illness. 

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The most effective way to improve flu vaccination rates among health workers in high-risk clinical areas and aged care facilities is to make it mandatory.

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Wearing face masks to prevent disease and counter pollution is common in many Asian countries, but their effectiveness depends on the type of mask, write C Raina MacIntyre and Abrar Ahmad Chughtai.

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Hospital infection control guidelines worldwide have long recommended surgical masks for infections spread by droplets, but UNSW research challenges that approach.

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If you are an adult in Australia, the kinds of vaccines you need to get will depend on several factors, write C Raina MacIntyre and Rob Menzies.

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Researchers at the UNSW-led Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response warn of the increased risk of a human flu pandemic.

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The new UNSW Vaccine and Infection Research Lab will identify and address barriers to immunisation in adults, particularly the elderly and members of at-risk communities.

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While public health efforts focus on programs to improve immunisation rates in infants, unvaccinated adults have been ignored, warn C Raina MacIntyre, Holly Seale and Robert Menzies.

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Social media has been flagged as a platform for the early detection and tracking of epidemics. But can it really replace traditional surveillance methods, ask C Raina MacIntyre and Sheng-Lun (Jason) Yan.