SMC BRIEFING: Superbugs and vaccines – infectious disease

Neutrophil_MRSAIn conjunction with the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, the Science Media Centre hosted an online briefing to preview new research highlights from their international conference on infectious diseases in Auckland this week (18-21 March).

Speakers presented new findings on:

  • How prescriptions for children’s skin infections are driving the spread of a new superbug strain (MRSA)
  • Effectiveness of the childhood pneumococcal vaccine and its impact on socioeconomic and ethnic health inequalities
  • Progress on a vaccine for rheumatic fever

Related media releases from the ASID conference are available online here and here





Dr Debbie Williamson, Clinical Microbiologist and lead researcher, University of Otago
Dr Helen Petousis-Harris, Immunisation Advisory Centre, University of Auckland
Prof Jon Fraser, Dean, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland

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