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Closing the Immunisation Gap in Older Australians

This article discusses how GPs can improve the vaccination coverage among older Australians which is currently poor despite the ready availability, safety and effectiveness of these vaccines.

Written by A/Prof Michael Woodward AM, MB, BS, MD, FRACP, and A/Prof John Litt MB, BS, DRACOG, MSc(Epid), FRACP, FAFPHM, PhD

A/Prof Michael Woodward is a senior geriatrician at Austin Health. He has published over 130 peer reviewed articles, authored the Position Document of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine on Vaccination of Older People, and in 2016 was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia for his work. He is a member of the Immunisation Coalition Scientific Advisory Committee.

A/Prof John Litt is a Public Health Physician and Associate Professor in the Discipline of General Practice at Flinders University, Adelaide, SA. His major clinical and research interests are in prevention and its implementation, and he has published over 120 peer reviewed publications. He is a member of the Immunisation Coalition Scientific Advisory Committee.

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