2018 ISG Annual Scientific Meeting

This meeting reflected on the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and preparedness for the next pandemic.

Immunisation Coalition


The 2018 ASM reflected on the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and current assessments of pandemic risk.

Day 1 presentations

The way we were

  • Presented by Peter Doherty
  • A PDF of the presentation is unavailable

Spanish flu in Australia

Spanish flu in New Zealand and the Pacific

  • Geoffrey Rice
  • The PDF of the presentation is unavailable

Epidemiology of influenza pandemic of 1918-1929 from USA, UK and ANZAC military sources

  • Presented by G. Dennis Shanks
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Importance of 1918 virus reconstruction on current assessments of pandemic risk

Day 2-Session 1: Review of the 2017 season

Review of 2017 virology in Australia and what to expect in 2018

  • Presented by Ian Barr
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Update of paediatric influenza data

Review of influenza impact and low vaccine efficacy in older adults

Update on prospective new seasonal vaccines for use in Australia

Prevention of severe respiratory disease – the future of pneumococcal vaccination

Day 2-Session 2: Pandemic preparedness

A historical overview of pandemic influenza

  • Alan Hampson OAM
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Severe and pandemic influenza: who is most at risk and why?

  • Presented by Raina MacIntyre
  • The PDF of the presentation is unavailable

Impediments to vaccine production, improvements and supply

Prospects for improved and more readily available vaccines

Guidelines for clinical management of severe influenza infection

Day 2-Session 3: Where will the next pandemic come from?

Influenza at the human-animal interface

Determinants of human adaptation and gain of pandemic potential

Understanding the evolutionary biology of influenza

  • Presented by Edward Holmes
  • The PDF of the presentation is unavailable

Discussion Panel: How prepared ar we for the next pandemic?

Chaired by Raina MacIntyre, the panel included presentations from:

  • John Mathews, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • Andrea Ford, Formerly Government (Australia & New Zealand) and Industry: View here
  • David Smith, PathWest, Perth: View here
  • Allen Cheng, Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Alfred Hospital, Monash University; Director, Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology Unit, Alfred Health, Melbourne: View here
  • Kanta Subbarao, Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, Melbourne: View here
  • Peter Eizenberg, GP and Director of “Doctors of Ivanhoe”, Melbourne: View here

Page Published: 15 February 2018 | Page Updated: 20 February 2023