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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314560/the-epidemiology-of-invasive-meningococcal-disease-in-eu-eea-countries-2004-2014
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Robert Whittaker, Joana Gomes Dias, Miriam Ramliden, Csaba Ködmön, Assimoula Economopoulou, Netta Beer, Lucia Pastore Celentano
BACKGROUND: Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is a major cause of bacterial meningitis and septicaemia although infection by some serogroups may be prevented through vaccination. We aimed to describe the epidemiology of IMD in EU/EEA countries during 2004-2014 to monitor serogroup- and age-specific trends, and compare country trends by the period of meningococcal C conjugate (MCC) vaccine introduction. METHODS: We analysed IMD surveillance data by age, gender, serogroup, country and outcome...
March 14, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301267/hypotonic-hyporesponsive-episodes-after-administration-of-hexavalent-dtp-based-combination-vaccine-a-description-of-12-cases
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Alessandro Vigo, Giulia Costagliola, Elisa Ferrero, Silvia Noce
Hypotonic-hyporesponsive (HHE) episodes are known and recognized phenomena, which typically occur within 48 hours of immunisation..Our aim is to describe 12 cases of HHE brought to the Center of Pediatric Sleep Medicine, with attention to the clinical features of the episode and their follow-up. Medical charts of infants visited between 2005-2015 were reviewed. Twelve infants showed a HHE using HHE using Brighton Collaboration Criteria. All infants received a Hexavalent diphtheria -tetanus -pertussis acellular component -hepatitis B-,inactivated poliovirus- Haemophilus influenzae type-b conjugate vaccine...
February 21, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299371/effect-of-mass-paediatric-influenza-vaccination-on-existing-influenza-vaccination-programmes-in-england-and-wales-a-modelling-and-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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David Hodgson, Marc Baguelin, Edwin van Leeuwen, Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths, Mary Ramsay, Richard Pebody, Katherine E Atkins
BACKGROUND: In 2013 England and Wales began to fund a live attenuated influenza vaccine programme for individuals aged 2-16 years. Mathematical modelling predicts substantial beneficial herd effects for the entire population as a result of reduced influenza transmission. With a decreased influenza-associated disease burden, existing immunisation programmes might be less cost-effective. The aim of this study was to assess the epidemiological effect and cost-effectiveness of the existing elderly and risk group vaccination programme under the new policy of mass paediatric vaccination in England...
February 2017: Lancet Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298208/looking-back-to-move-forward-a-twenty-year-audit-of-herpes-zoster-in-asia-pacific
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REVIEW
Liang-Kung Chen, Hidenori Arai, Liang-Yu Chen, Ming-Yueh Chou, Samsuridjal Djauzi, Birong Dong, Taro Kojima, Ki Tae Kwon, Hoe Nam Leong, Edward M F Leung, Chih-Kuang Liang, Xiaohong Liu, Dilip Mathai, Jiun Yit Pan, Li-Ning Peng, Eduardo Rommel S Poblete, Philip J H Poi, Stewart Reid, Terapong Tantawichien, Chang Won Won
BACKGROUND: Herpes zoster (HZ) is a prevalent viral disease that inflicts substantial morbidity and associated healthcare and socioeconomic burdens. Current treatments are not fully effective, especially among the most vulnerable patients. Although widely recommended, vaccination against HZ is not routine; barriers in Asia-Pacific include long-standing neglect of adult immunisation and sparse local data. To address knowledge gaps, raise awareness, and disseminate best practice, we reviewed recent data and guidelines on HZ from the Asia-Pacific region...
March 15, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295247/targeting-c3a-c5a-receptors-inhibits-human-mesangial-cell-proliferation-and-alleviates-iga-nephropathy-in-mice
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Ying Zhang, Xianli Yan, Ting Zhao, Qihe Xu, Qi Peng, Ruimin Hu, Songxia Quan, Yali Zhou, Guolan Xing
Complement activation has a deep pathogenic influence in IgA nephropathy (IgAN). C3a and C5a, small cleavage fragments generated by complement activation, are key mediators of inflammation. The fragments exert broad pro-inflammatory effects by binding to specific receptors (C3aR and C5aR, respectively). However, no studies thus far have investigated the effects of C3a, C5a and their receptors on IgAN. We observed that C3aR and C5aR antagonists repressed IgA-induced cell proliferation and IL-6 and MCP-1 production in cultured human mesangial cells (HMCs)...
March 15, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295233/retention-of-ag-specific-memory-cd4-t-cells-in-the-draining-lymph-node-indicates-lymphoid-tissue-resident-memory-populations
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Clare L Marriott, Emma E Dutton, Michio Tomura, David R Withers
Several different memory T-cell populations have now been described based upon surface receptor expression and migratory capabilities. Here we have assessed murine endogenous memory CD4(+) T cells generated within a draining lymph node and their subsequent migration to other secondary lymphoid tissues. Having established a model response targeting a specific peripheral lymph node, we temporally labelled all the cells within draining lymph node using photoconversion. Tracking of photoconverted and non-photoconverted Ag-specific CD4(+) T cells revealed the rapid establishment of a circulating memory population in all lymph nodes within days of immunisation...
March 15, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294099/tetanus-vaccination-antibody-persistence-and-decennial-booster-a-serosurvey-of-university-students-and-at-risk-workers
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M Borella-Venturini, C Frasson, F Paluan, D DE Nuzzo, G DI Masi, M Giraldo, F Chiara, A Trevisan
The aim of the present research is to verify the immune status against tetanus in students and workers exposed to risk and to ascertain whether a decennial booster is necessary. Antibodies against tetanus were measured in 1433 workers and students of Padua University (Italy). The enrolment criterion was the ability to provide a booklet of vaccinations released by a public health office. The influence of age, gender, the number of vaccine doses, and the interval since the last dose was determined. Ten years after the last dose, the majority of subjects (95·0%) displayed an antibody titre above the protective level (⩾0·10 IU/ml), and half of these (49·1%) had a long-term protective level (⩾1·0 IU/ml)...
March 15, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293401/alloimmunization-in-patients-with-sickle-cell-disease-and-thalassemia-experience-of-a-single-centre-in-oman
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Salam Alkindi, Saba AlMahrooqi, Sumaiya AlHinai, Ali AlMarhoobi, Saif Al-Hosni, Shahina Daar, Naglaa Fawaz, Anil Pathare
BACKGROUND: Blood transfusion is an integral part of the supportive care for patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) and thalassaemia. The hazard of red cell alloimmunization, however, is one of the main complications of this therapy. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of red cell alloimmunization in Omani patients with sickle cell anaemia and thalassemia. METHODS: This study included 262 patients whose historical transfusion records were available...
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288747/mobile-phone-delivered-reminders-and-incentives-to-improve-childhood-immunisation-coverage-and-timeliness-in-kenya-m-simu-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
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Dustin G Gibson, Benard Ochieng, E Wangeci Kagucia, Joyce Were, Kyla Hayford, Lawrence H Moulton, Orin S Levine, Frank Odhiambo, Katherine L O'Brien, Daniel R Feikin
BACKGROUND: As mobile phone access continues to expand globally, opportunities exist to leverage these technologies to support demand for immunisation services and improve vaccine coverage. We aimed to assess whether short message service (SMS) reminders and monetary incentives can improve immunisation uptake in Kenya. METHODS: In this cluster-randomised controlled trial, villages were randomly and evenly allocated to four groups: control, SMS only, SMS plus a 75 Kenya Shilling (KES) incentive, and SMS plus 200 KES (85 KES = USD$1)...
April 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288737/the-role-of-mobile-phone-based-interventions-to-improve-routine-childhood-immunisation-coverage
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Abdul Momin Kazi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288597/school-based-vaccination-programmes-a-systematic-review-of-the-evidence-on-organisation-and-delivery-in-high-income-countries
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Sarah Perman, Simon Turner, Angus I G Ramsay, Abigail Baim-Lance, Martin Utley, Naomi J Fulop
BACKGROUND: Many countries have recently expanded their childhood immunisation programmes. Schools are an increasingly attractive setting for delivery of these new immunisations because of their ability to reach large numbers of children in a short period of time. However, there are organisational challenges to delivery of large-scale vaccination programmes in schools. Understanding the facilitators and barriers is important for improving the delivery of future school-based vaccination programmes...
March 14, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288596/needles-jabs-and-jags-a-qualitative-exploration-of-barriers-and-facilitators-to-child-and-adult-immunisation-uptake-among-gypsies-travellers-and-roma
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Cath Jackson, Helen Bedford, Francine M Cheater, Louise Condon, Carol Emslie, Lana Ireland, Philippa Kemsley, Susan Kerr, Helen J Lewis, Julie Mytton, Karen Overend, Sarah Redsell, Zoe Richardson, Christine Shepherd, Lesley Smith, Lisa Dyson
BACKGROUND: Gypsies, Travellers and Roma (referred to as Travellers) are less likely to access health services including immunisation. To improve immunisation rates, it is necessary to understand what helps and hinders individuals in these communities in taking up immunisations. This study had two aims. 1. Investigate the views of Travellers in the UK on the barriers and facilitators to acceptability and uptake of immunisations and explore their ideas for improving immunisation uptake; 2...
March 14, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288206/an-in-vivo-system-for-directed-experimental-evolution-of-rabbit-haemorrhagic-disease-virus
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Robyn N Hall, Lorenzo Capucci, Markus Matthaei, Simona Esposito, Peter J Kerr, Michael Frese, Tanja Strive
The calicivirus Rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) is widely used in Australia as a biocontrol agent to manage wild European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) populations. However, widespread herd immunity limits the effectiveness of the currently used strain, CAPM V-351. To overcome this, we developed an experimental platform for the selection and characterisation of novel RHDV strains. As RHDV does not replicate in cell culture, variant viruses were selected by serially passaging a highly virulent RHDV field isolate in immunologically naïve laboratory rabbits that were passively immunised 18-24 hours post-challenge with a neutralising monoclonal antibody...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286668/a-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomised-feasibility-study-of-an-adolescent-incentive-intervention-to-increase-uptake-of-hpv-vaccination-among-girls
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Alice S Forster, Victoria Cornelius, Lauren Rockliffe, Laura A V Marlow, Helen Bedford, Jo Waller
BACKGROUND: Uptake of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in the UK is good, but there are pockets of the community who remain unprotected. Immunisation teams usually require written parental consent for a girl to receive the vaccine. Evidence suggests that uptake of the vaccine might be improved by promoting consent form return (if returned, forms are likely to grant consent). Incentivising girls to return consent forms is a promising approach to promoting consent form return. Before testing the efficacy of an incentive intervention in a randomised controlled trial (RCT), we must first establish whether the RCT is feasible...
2017: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284595/novel-poly-uridine-insertion-in-the-3-utr-and-e2-amino-acid-substitutions-in-a-low-virulent-classical-swine-fever-virus
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Liani Coronado, Matthias Liniger, Sara Muñoz-González, Alexander Postel, Lester Josue Pérez, Marta Pérez-Simó, Carmen Laura Perera, Maria Teresa Frías-Lepoureau, Rosa Rosell, Adam Grundhoff, Daniela Indenbirken, Malik Alawi, Nicole Fischer, Paul Becher, Nicolas Ruggli, Llilianne Ganges
In this study, we compared the virulence in weaner pigs of the Pinar del Rio isolate and the virulent Margarita strain. The latter caused the Cuban classical swine fever (CSF) outbreak of 1993. Our results showed that the Pinar del Rio virus isolated during an endemic phase is clearly of low virulence. We analysed the complete nucleotide sequence of the Pinar del Rio virus isolated after persistence in newborn piglets, as well as the genome sequence of the inoculum. The consensus genome sequence of the Pinar del Rio virus remained completely unchanged after 28days of persistent infection in swine...
March 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283786/we-strongly-support-childhood-immunisation-statement-from-the-european-academy-of-paediatrics-eap
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Hans Juergen Dornbusch, Adamos Hadjipanayis, Stefano Del Torso, Jean-Christophe Mercier, Corinne Wyder, Lenneke Schrier, Robert Ross-Russell, Tom Stiris, Jonas F Ludvigsson
The eradication of smallpox and the elimination of several other infectious diseases from much of the world has provided convincing evidence that vaccines are among the most effective interventions for promoting health. The current scepticism about immunisation among members of the new US administration carries a risk of decreasing immunisation rates also in Europe. While only a small minority of the population are strongly anti-vaccine, their public activities have significantly influenced an uncertainty among the general population about both the safety of and the necessity for vaccination...
March 10, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281773/b-cell-epitopes-of-african-horse-sickness-virus-serotype-4-recognised-by-immune-horse-sera
#17
Evans M Mathebula, Frederika E Faber, Wouter Van Wyngaardt, Antoinette Van Schalkwyk, Alri Pretorius, Jeanni Fehrsen
Identifying antigenic proteins and mapping their epitopes is important for the development of diagnostic reagents and recombinant vaccines. B-cell epitopes of African horse sickness virus (AHSV) have previously been mapped on VP2, VP5, VP7 and NS1, using mouse, rabbit and chicken monoclonal antibodies. A comprehensive study of the humoral immune response of five vaccinated horses to AHSV-4 antigenic peptides was undertaken. A fragmented-genome phage display library expressing a repertoire of AHSV-4 peptides spanning the entire genome was constructed...
February 24, 2017: Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281436/immunisation-coverage-in-the-rural-eastern-cape-are-we-getting-the-basics-of-primary-care-right-results-from-a-longitudinal-prospective-cohort-study
#18
C Naidu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 27, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279220/short-course-rapamycin-treatment-enables-engraftment-of-immunogenic-gene-engineered-bone-marrow-under-low-dose-irradiation-to-permit-long-term-immunological-tolerance
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Kunal H Bhatt, Rajeev Rudraraju, Jeremy F Brooks, Ji-Won Jung, Ryan Galea, James W Wells, Raymond J Steptoe
BACKGROUND: Application of genetically modified hematopoietic stem cells is increasingly mooted as a clinically relevant approach to protein replacement therapy, immune tolerance induction or conditions where both outcomes may be helpful. Hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell (HSPC)-mediated gene therapy often requires highly toxic pretransfer recipient conditioning to provide a 'niche' so that transferred HSPCs can engraft effectively and to prevent immune rejection of neoantigen-expressing engineered HSPCs...
March 9, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278748/evaluation-of-a-pilot-intervention-to-redesign-the-decentralised-vaccine-supply-chain-system-in-nigeria
#20
Shola Molemodile, Maruchi Wotogbe, Seye Abimbola
Responsibility for immunisation in Nigeria is decentralised to sub-national governments. So far, they have failed to achieve optimal coverage for their populations. We evaluated a pilot intervention implemented between 2013 and 2014 to redesign a vaccine supply chain management system in Kano, Nigeria. The intervention included financing immunisation services from a designated pool of government and donor funds, a visibility tool to track vaccine stock, and a private vendor engaged to deliver vaccines directly to health facilities...
February 24, 2017: Global Public Health
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