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How can we better understand trends in varicella zoster virus-related disease epidemiology?

Anita E Heywood and Kristine K Macartney
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (5): 268-269.
Published online: 7 March 2011

To the Editor: The article by Nelson and colleagues1 is a welcome contribution to understanding trends in varicella zoster virus (VZV) disease epidemiology in Australia, particularly ambulatory medical attendance, for which few data sources are available. They report a decline in general practitioner encounters for varicella (chicken pox) since the introduction of varicella vaccine that is consistent with the observed 69% reduction in national hospitalisation rates in children aged 1.5 to 4 years seen from January 2006 to June 2008, 2.5 years into the National Immunisation Program (NIP).2

  • Anita E Heywood
  • Kristine K Macartney

  • National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: anitah2@chw.edu.au

Acknowledgements: 

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and the NSW Health.

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