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Vaccine promotion remains a key focus for this year’s Day of Immunology

On this International Day of Immunology, join ISC Member the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) in celebrating the theme of vaccines with promotional and educational activities.

World Immunisation Week, held during the last week of April, aims to amplify the importance of vaccines and the collective action needed to promote vaccine uptake to protect everyone against disease. Over the past two years, we have witnessed a global rise in public vaccine questioning, which has the potential to lead to an increase in vaccine hesitancy and significantly hinder the uptake of vaccines.

This global health challenge has led many health practitioners, researchers and organizations, including those affiliated with the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), to contribute to public discourse that promotes vaccine trust and uptake. In response to the need for more vaccine dialogue, the theme of this year’s International Day of Immunology (a day dedicated to increasing global awareness of the importance of immunology in the fight against infection, autoimmunity and cancer) has been aptly chosen as Vaccines! Below, we highlight vaccine promotional and educational activities the IUIS and IUIS-affiliated societies are involved in:

  • Do you have burning questions about vaccines? The Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology hosts a variety of events to ensure access to accurate information on COVID-19. The ASI’s online “Fireside Chats” allow the public to ask experts questions. The ASI’s virtual public lecture on COVID-19 vaccines importantly covered the factors which influence and inform people’s vaccine choices. For this year’s Day of Immunology, the South African Immunology Society is hosting a special public webinar “COVID-19 Vaccines: Answers to the questions you always wanted to ask.” (Register here).

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Blog by the IUIS Social Media Team, Lead: Cheleka AM Mpande.
Header photo by Mat Napo on Unsplash.

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