• The European I-MOVE Multicentre 2013-2014 Case-Control Study. Homogeneous moderate influenza vaccine effectiveness against A(H1N1)pdm09 and heterogenous results by country against A(H3N2).

      Valenciano, Marta; Kissling, Esther; Reuss, Annicka; Jiménez-Jorge, Silvia; Horváth, Judit K; Donnell, Joan M O; Pitigoi, Daniela; Machado, Ausenda; Pozo, Francisco; 1Epidemiology Department, EpiConcept, Paris, France. Electronic address: m.valenciano@epiconcept.fr. 2Epidemiology Department, EpiConcept, Paris, France. 3Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology Respiratory Infections Unit, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany. 4National Centre of Epidemiology/CIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Institute of Health Carlos III, Madrid, Spain. 5Department of Public Health, Strategic Planning and Epidemiology, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Budapest, Hungary. 6Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Dublin, Ireland. 7UMF Carol Davila, INCDMI Cantacuzino, Bucharest, Romania. 8Department of Epidemiology, National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge, Lisbon, Portugal. 9National Centre for Microbiology, National Influenza Centre-Institute of Health Carlos III, Madrid, Spain. (2015-06-04)
      In the first five I-MOVE (Influenza Monitoring Vaccine Effectiveness in Europe) influenza seasons vaccine effectiveness (VE) results were relatively homogenous among participating study sites. In 2013-2014, we undertook a multicentre case-control study based on sentinel practitioner surveillance networks in six European Union (EU) countries to measure 2013-2014 influenza VE against medically-attended influenza-like illness (ILI) laboratory-confirmed as influenza. Influenza A(H3N2) and A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses co-circulated during the season.
    • Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 vaccination policies and coverage in Europe.

      Mereckiene, J; Cotter, S; Weber, J T; Nicoll, A; D'Ancona, F; Lopalco, P L; Johansen, K; Wasley, A M; Jorgensen, P; Lévy-Bruhl, D; et al. (Euro surveillance : bulletin Européen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin, 2012-06)
      In August 2010 the Vaccine European New Integrated Collaboration Effort (VENICE) project conducted a survey to collect information on influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 vaccination policies and vaccination coverage in the European Union (EU), Norway and Iceland. Of 29 responding countries, 26 organised national pandemic influenza vaccination and one country had recommendations for vaccination but did not have a specific programme. Of the 27 countries with vaccine recommendations, all recommended it for healthcare workers and pregnant women. Twelve countries recommended vaccine for all ages. Six and three countries had recommendations for specific age groups in children and in adults, countries for specific adult age groups. Most countries recommended vaccine for those in new risk groups identified early in the pandemic such as morbid obese and people with neurologic diseases. Two thirds of countries started their vaccination campaigns within a four week period after week 40/2009. The reported vaccination coverage varied between countries from 0.4% to 59% for the entire population (22 countries); 3% to 68% for healthcare workers (13 countries); 0% to 58% for pregnant women (12 countries); 0.2% to 74% for children (12 countries). Most countries identified similar target groups for pandemic vaccine, but substantial variability in vaccination coverage was seen. The recommendations were in accordance with policy advice from the EU Health Security Committee and the World Health Organization.
    • More older people availing of seasonal influenza vaccine

      Jackson, Sarah; O'Donnell, Joan; O'Flanagan, Darina; HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC); HPSC (HSE, Health protection surveillance centre (HPSC), 2010-02)
    • Vaccine causes big drop in cases of invasive pneumococcal disease

      HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC); HPSC (HSE, Health protection surveillance centre (HPSC), 2010-06)