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In episode 4 of our COVID-19 Road to a vaccine series, we spoke with Professor Kanta Subbarao. Professor Subbarao has been the Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza since 2016, based at The Doherty Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia. In episode 5 of our COVID-19 Road to a vaccine series, we spoke with Professor Terry Nolan, who is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. He heads up VIRGO, the vaccine and immunisation research group, a collaboration between Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the University of Melbourne. VIRGO has the largest and longest standing child and adolescent vaccine population research and clinical trials program in Australia.
Health professionals are the single most important influence on whether individuals decide to have themselves or their children vaccinated. Therefore, information and education for health professionals are essential. The aim of this training manual is to present “state-of-the-art”, authoritative, scientifically valid advice to counter common misperceptions about vaccination.