APACI Influenza Workshop 2021 2021Malaysia


The Asia-Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza (APACI) in collaboration with the Malaysian Society of Infectious Diseases and Chemotherapy (MSIDC), and in cooperation with the Malaysian Influenza Working Group held a virtual Influenza Workshop on Saturday 20 March 2021.

Conference Objectives
•    Review surveillance of influenza in the region
•    Consider mechanisms for controlling outbreaks in institutional settings
•    Understand the interface between clinicians and laboratory, and the data used for patient management
•    Receive updates on best practices for prevention and treatment of influenza
•    Review progress in pandemic preparedness and planning
•    Highlight new developments in Malaysia

Speakers and Topics

Surveillance & Preparedness
•    Siti Aisah (Malaysia) - Surveillance systems & epidemiology of influenza in Malaysia
•    Yuelong Shu (China) - Comparison of influenza surveillance systems in Australia, China, Malaysia
•    John Tam (Hong Kong) - WHO Pandemic preparedness plans

Influenza vaccination
•    Yasmin Gani (Malaysia) - Clinical impact of influenza in Malaysia
•    Zamberi Sekawi (Malaysia) - Influenza vaccination advocacy in Malaysia
•    Zulkifli Ismail (Malaysia) - Vaccination hesitancy
•    Holly Seale (Australia) - Healthcare workers
•    Raja Dhar (India) - Influenza & chronic lung disease
•    Suchitra Narayan Pandit (India) - Vaccination of pregnant women to protect mother & infant
•    Navin Kumar Devaraj - (Malaysia) - Paediatric flu vaccination; individual protection & herd immunity
•    Cheah Wee Kooi (Malaysia) - Influenza vaccination for older people

Detection and Treatment of Influenza
•    Mary-Louise McLaws (Australia) - Controlling institutional outbreaks
•    Jamal I-Ching Sam (Malaysia) - Molecular diagnostics of respiratory viruses in Malaysia
•    Gary Grohmann (Australia) - Effectiveness of rapid diagnostics
•    David Smith (Australia) - Development of antivirals as treatment for influenza



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