Infections / Vaccines / Immunity

Infectious diseases remain a major cause of ill health among individuals in the UK and elsewhere, particularly among the very young, among older individuals and among those with underlying health conditions. An increasing number of these diseases can be prevented by vaccination, and vaccination programmes are key public health tools for reducing illness due to infectious disease.

We use anonymised electronic health records to look at a wide range of important public health questions relating to infectious diseases – to monitor how common these conditions are, to identify risk factors for developing them, and to determine their outcomes. We are also assessing the effectiveness and safety of preventative measures such as vaccination.  Separately, we are interested in other immune-mediated conditions, such as autoimmune diseases. Please click on the links to the right to find out more about all these research areas.