Hospital separations in the Northern Territory for varicella-zoster virus related illnesses, 1993-1997

O'Grady, Kerry-Ann (1999) Hospital separations in the Northern Territory for varicella-zoster virus related illnesses, 1993-1997. The Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin, 6(4), pp. 4-7.

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A varicella-zoster virus (VZV) vaccine is available overseas, and universal immunisation in childhood is recommended in the United States.1 Any decision to introduce the vaccine to Australia must be based on an assessment of potential benefits and harms. While there has been some assessment of VZV significance in populations in southern Australia,2 the impact on the NT population is not known. It is not a notifiable condition and information on morbidity and mortality is limited to a few data collections. These are hospital separation data, deaths registers, and in 1995 the inclusion of VZV congenital and neonatal complications in the Australian Paediatric Surveillance System. Hospital separation data were analysed to assess the importance of VZV as a cause of severe morbidity and mortality in the NT population.

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ID Code: 64738
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: varicella, hospitalisation, Northern Territory
ISSN: 1440-883X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 24 Nov 2013 22:32
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2013 22:32

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