Title
Impact of rotavirus vaccination on laboratory confirmed cases in Belgium Impact of rotavirus vaccination on laboratory confirmed cases in Belgium
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Amsterdam ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Vaccine / International Society for Vaccines. - Amsterdam
Volume/pages
29(2011) :29/30 , p. 4698-4703
ISSN
0264-410X
ISI
000292471900008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Rotavirus vaccines were introduced in Belgium in 2006 and recommended in the universal schedule in January 2007. We measured the impact of rotavirus vaccination through an active laboratory-based surveillance system. In 2008, the number of laboratory confirmed rotavirus cases declined by 61.4% (95% CI 60.262.6%) compared to the 20052006 pre-vaccination period, with the highest decline in children <1 year (80.1%; 95% CI 78.781.4%). The rotavirus season was delayed compared to pre-vaccination seasons. Laboratory data provide a crude estimation of vaccination impact, but analysis of in-patient data will be needed to assess the impact on severe disease.
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