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Zoster immunisation

S Medić, V Petrović, V Milosević, Z Lozanov-Crvenković, S Brkić, N Andrews, F de Ory, C Anastassopoulou
The present cross-sectional serosurvey constitutes the first effort to describe the varicella zoster virus (VZV) seroepidemiology in Serbia. An age-stratified serum bank of 3570 residual samples collected between 2015 and 2016 in each of the seven districts of the Vojvodina Province was tested for IgG anti-VZV antibodies with an enzyme immunoassay. Results were standardised into common units according to the European Sero-Epidemiology Network (ESEN2) methodology. Univariable and multivariable analyses were used to examine the relationships between standardised anti-VZV positivity or logarithmically transformed antibody titres and demographic features of study subjects...
June 18, 2018: Epidemiology and Infection
Kate E Alexander, Philip L Tong, Kristine Macartney, Rohan Beresford, Vicky Sheppeard, Monisha Gupta
In 2016, the live attenuated zoster vaccine (Zostavax, Merck and Co, USA) was introduced into the Australian National Immunisation Program for people aged 70 years who are not significantly immunocompromised. We report the administration of Zostavax in an immunocompromised patient with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and no evidence of primary varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection. The patient presented with a bilateral vesicular facial rash 22 days after receiving Zostavax and was initially managed as an outpatient with oral acyclovir...
May 25, 2018: Vaccine
Jocelynne E McRae, Helen E Quinn, Kristine Macartney
Introduction: The Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) network is a hospital-based active surveillance system employing prospective case ascertainment for selected serious childhood conditions, particularly vaccine preventable diseases and potential adverse events following immunisation (AEFI). PAEDS data is used to better understand these conditions, inform policy and practice under the National Immunisation Program, and enable rapid public health responses for certain conditions of public health importance...
September 1, 2017: Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report
Alberto Donzelli, Vittorio Demicheli
The Italian Parliament has recently introduced 10 mandatory immunisations, including the one against varicella. For this vaccination, the obligation starts with the birth cohort of 2017, but it is offered free of charge to subjects with a negative history and not previously vaccinated. This paper presents up-to-date evidence on this issue and illustrates a number of critical arguments that may question the opportunity of this choice. Particularly, while the disease is relatively mild in children aged between 1 and 9 years, the risk of worsening its consequences is progressive with age, becoming worst in the elderly, so the vaccination of children may increase the age of the cases...
January 2018: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
Grace Boyd, Paul Anthony Heaton, Rachel Wilkinson, Siba Prosad Paul
Chickenpox is an extremely contagious infectious disease caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV). It is a common childhood illness characterised by an itchy vesicular rash and fever, which usually resolves spontaneously without medical intervention. Serious, and rarely fatal, complications can occur, including pneumonia, central nervous system infection, overwhelming secondary bacterial infections, especially with Group A streptococcus, and necrotising fasciitis. Therefore it is crucial that emergency department (ED) nurses can recognise the signs and symptoms that indicate deterioration...
December 8, 2017: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
Gregory Heath, Daniel P Depledge, Julianne R Brown, Anthony D Hale, Helena Tutil, Rachel Williams, Judith Breuer
We report acute retinal necrosis caused by the vaccine Oka strain following immunization of a 78-year-old woman with live zoster vaccine. Whole genome sequencing confirmed the ocular vOka strain to be derived from the vaccine and excluded the presence of new mutations or recombination with wild-type Varicella zoster virus.
November 29, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Shu-Ling Hoshi, Masahide Kondo, Ichiro Okubo
BACKGROUND: The extended use of varicella vaccine in adults aged 50 and older against herpes zoster (HZ) was recently approved in Japan, which has raised the need to evaluate its value for money. METHODS: We conducted a cost-effectiveness analysis with Markov modelling to evaluate the efficiency of varicella vaccine immunisation programme for the elderly in Japan. Four strategies with different ages to receive a shot of vaccine were set, namely: (1) 65-84, (2) 70-84, (3) 75-84 and (4) 80-84years old (y...
May 31, 2017: Vaccine
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
Åsa Laestadius, Anna Nilsson, Rutger Bennet, Gordana Bogdanovic, Margareta Eriksson
The national Swedish immunisation programme includes vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type B, Pneumococcus as well as measles, mumps and rubella. Data were collected on hospital admissions for children 0- 17 years of age of vaccine-preventable diseases during 2008-2013 at Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital, Stockholm. Patients were identified by discharge diagnosis codes as well as from the clinical microbiology laboratory. There were rare cases of measles and mumps, and only a few cases of invasive bacterial diseases...
January 16, 2017: Läkartidningen
Sophie Detienne, Iain Welsby, Catherine Collignon, Sandrine Wouters, Margherita Coccia, Sophie Delhaye, Laurye Van Maele, Séverine Thomas, Maëlle Swertvaegher, Aurélie Detavernier, Abdelatif Elouahabi, Stanislas Goriely, Arnaud M Didierlaurent
Saponins represent a promising class of vaccine adjuvant. Together with the TLR4-ligand MPL, QS-21 is part of the Adjuvant System AS01, a key component of the malaria and zoster candidate vaccines that display demonstrated clinical efficacy. However, the mechanism of action of QS-21 in this liposomal formulation is poorly understood. Upon intra-muscular immunisation, we observed that QS-21 rapidly accumulated in CD169(+) resident macrophages of the draining lymph node where it elicited a local innate immune response...
December 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mark Doherty, Ruprecht Schmidt-Ott, Jose Ignacio Santos, Lawrence R Stanberry, Annika M Hofstetter, Susan L Rosenthal, Anthony L Cunningham
One of the strategic objectives of the 2011-2020 Global Vaccine Action Plan is for the benefits of immunisation to be equitably extended to all people. This approach encompasses special groups at increased risk of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as preterm infants and pregnant women, as well as those with chronic and immune-compromising medical conditions or at increased risk of disease due to immunosenescence. Despite demonstrations of effectiveness and safety, vaccine uptake in these special groups is frequently lower than expected, even in developed countries with vaccination strategies in place...
December 20, 2016: Vaccine
Helena C Maltezou, Stavros Doudounakis, Maria Lekaditi, Kalliopi Tanou, Panos Katerelos, Maria Theodoridou
AIM: Data about immunisation rates in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients are scarce. We estimated the rates and timeliness of immunisations in CF patients aged 0.55-22 years. METHODS: We studied 122 subjects at a hospital in Greece in 2014. A standard questionnaire was used to collect data and parents' opinions about immunisations. RESULTS: The complete immunisation rates were 92.6% for diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis-inactivated poliomyelitis-Haemophilus influenzae (DTaP-IPV-Hib), 96...
February 2017: Acta Paediatrica
Nicoletta Valente, Silvia Lupi, Armando Stefanati, Marisa Cova, Najada Sulcaj, Lucia Piccinni, Giovanni Gabutti
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate awareness of the varicella zoster virus and the acceptability of the newly available herpes zoster (HZ) vaccine in the over 50 years old general population. DESIGN: The research was observational. SETTING: The study was carried out in Ferrara by administering a questionnaire to patients of the Local Health Authority (LHA), general practitioners (GPs) and Public Health Department outpatient clinics...
October 18, 2016: BMJ Open
Luis García-Comas, María Ordobás Gavín, Juan Carlos Sanz Moreno, Belén Ramos Blázquez, M Angeles Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Dolores Barranco Ordóñez
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: In November 2006, the Community of Madrid included the chickenpox vaccine into the immunisation schedule for children from 15 months of age. This was withdrawn in January 2014. Seroprevalence of antibodies to the virus is estimated after the first 2-3 years from the inclusion of the vaccine, and as well as its evolution since 1999. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A cross-sectional study was conducted on the target population consisting of residents in the Community of Madrid between 2 and 60 years of age...
December 2016: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
Meital Elbaz, Gideon Paret, Avihu Bar Yohai, Ora Halutz, Galia Grisaru-Soen
AIM: The varicella-zoster virus causes infections that are often mild but can cause substantial morbidity and mortality in otherwise healthy children. We examined trends in varicella-related hospitalisations before and after the implementation of a national two-dose varicella vaccination programme in Israel in September 2008. METHODS: This retrospective chart review, performed at three tertiary care paediatric hospitals in greater Tel Aviv, compared data from 2004 to 2008 and 2009 to 2012, before and after the varicella programme was launched...
April 2016: Acta Paediatrica
M P Singh, C Chandran, A Sarwa, A Kumar, M Gupta, A Raj, R K Ratho
PURPOSE: Primary infection with a varicella-zoster virus (VZV) leads to chickenpox. Though the incidence of the disease has decreased in many developed countries due to the introduction of the varicella vaccine, outbreaks continue to occur in developing countries. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present study reports an outbreak of varicella in an urbanised village in the vicinity of Chandigarh City in North India in November 2013. The outbreak was confirmed by the detection of VZV IgM antibodies in serum samples of clinically suspected patients...
October 2015: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
D M MacDougall, B A Halperin, D MacKinnon-Cameron, Li Li, S A McNeil, J M Langley, S A Halperin
OBJECTIVES: Vaccine coverage for recommended vaccines is low among adults. The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of adults and healthcare providers related to four vaccine-preventable diseases and vaccines (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, zoster, pneumococcus and influenza). DESIGN: We undertook a survey and focus groups of Canadian adults and healthcare providers (doctors, nurses, pharmacists). A total of 4023 adults completed the survey and 62 participated in the focus groups; 1167 providers completed the survey and 45 participated in the focus groups...
2015: BMJ Open
Sophie Chien-Hui Wen, Emma Best, Tony Walls, Nigel Dickson, Hamish McCay, Elizabeth Wilson
AIM: Varicella is a vaccine-preventable disease not notifiable in New Zealand (NZ), and varicella vaccine is not funded in the National Immunisation Schedule (NIS). Hospitalisations can occur because of bacterial secondary infection and other complications, which can result in long-term sequelae. Varicella may not be acknowledged in discharge coding when complications occur weeks after infection. Using the New Zealand Paediatric Surveillance Unit (NZPSU), the aim of this study was to document the hospitalisation burden of this disease...
November 2015: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Daniel P Depledge, Eleanor R Gray, Samit Kundu, Samantha Cooray, Anja Poulsen, Peter Aaby, Judith Breuer
UNLABELLED: Varicella-zoster virus (VZV), a double-stranded DNA alphaherpesvirus, is associated with seasonal outbreaks of varicella in nonimmunized populations. Little is known about whether these outbreaks are associated with a single or multiple viral genotypes and whether new mutations rapidly accumulate during transmission. Here, we take advantage of a well-characterized population cohort in Guinea-Bissau and produce a unique set of 23 full-length genome sequences, collected over 7 months from eight households...
December 2014: Journal of Virology
Kristine Macartney, Anita Heywood, Peter McIntyre
BACKGROUND: The prevention of varicella (chickenpox) using live attenuated varicella vaccines has been demonstrated both in randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and in population-based immunisation programmes in countries such as the United States and Australia. Many countries do not routinely immunise children against varicella and exposures continue to occur. Although the disease is often mild, complications such as secondary bacterial infection, pneumonitis and encephalitis occur in about 1% of cases, usually leading to hospitalisation...
June 23, 2014: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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