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You never forget the flu - What you need to know about this year's flu seas...

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The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

792 Elizabeth Street

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You never forget the flu. It can hit quickly and last for a few weeks, meaning time off work or school and staying away from family and friends. For vulnerable Victorians, like children, the elderly and people with a chronic condition or weakened immune system, the flu can have serious and devastating outcomes.

At this symposium hosted by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Doherty Institute, you will hear from flu experts including Dr Angie Bone, Victorian Deputy Chief Health Officer (Environment); Professor Kanta Subbarao, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza at the Doherty Institute; and Professor Lorena Brown an influenza virologist at the Doherty Institute.

They will provide insight into what we know about this year’s flu season so far, the importance of vaccination and why you need to get it annually, and how far away we are from a one-shot, universal vaccine.

Please arrive at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm sharp start.


Dr Angie Bone

Dr Angie Bone is Victoria's Acting Chief Health Officer. Dr Bone has extensive experience and clinical expertise in public health. She is a medical doctor with experience in health protection related to environmental hazards and infectious diseases in the UK and a number of other countries. Dr Bone has a keen interest in the social and environmental determinants of health, particularly climate change extreme weather events, housing and urban planning, and infectious diseases.

Dr Bone is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (UK), a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Exeter (UK). She holds numerous qualifications in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Professor Kanta Subbarao

Professor Kanta Subbarao is the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza at the Doherty Institute. A virologist and a physician with specialty training in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases, Kanta's research is focused on newly emerging viral diseases of global importance including pandemic influenza, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and includes study of virus biology and pathogenesis, immune responses to infection and vaccination, development and preclinical and clinical evaluation of vaccines.

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America and is a member of the American Society of Microbiology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and American Society for Virology. She serves on the Editorial Board of PLoS Pathogens and mBio.

Professor Lorena Brown

Professor Lorena Brown is a virologist who heads a laboratory dedicated to understanding and controlling influenza. A leader in influenza virology in Australia, her work contributes to an NHMRC Program devoted to understanding why some individuals or populations experience particularly severe outcomes of influenza. Her translational research skills, learnt from high-level involvement in the Cooperative Research Centre for Vaccine Technology, have led to significant advances in the pursuit of better vaccines and therapeutics for influenza.

Lorena’s international collaborative efforts in influenza have been recognised by the Russian Academy of Science and she is a member of the Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education in the area of zoonosis control in Hokkaido University, Japan.



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