Journal article

Burden of infection in Australian infants

Rebecca Rowland, Zia Sass, Anne-Louise Ponsonby, Angela Pezic, Mimi LK Tang, Peter Vuillermin, Lawrence Gray, David Burgner

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | WILEY | Published : 2020


AIM: To determine the incidence, risk factors and health service utilisation for infection in the first 12 months of life in a population-derived Australian pre-birth cohort. METHODS: The Barwon Infant Study is a population-derived pre-birth cohort with antenatal recruitment (n = 1074) based in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Infection data were collected by parent report, and general practitioner and hospital records at 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months of age. We calculated the incidence of infection, attendance at a health service with infection and used multiple negative binomial regression to investigate the effects of a range of exposures on incidence of infection. RESULTS: In the first 12 months..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank all the parents and children who participated in BIS and the BIS staff for help with data collection and analysis. We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of all participating general practitioner practices in the Barwon region and Geelong Hospital (Geelong) for providing participant health records. The establishment work and infrastructure for the BIS was provided by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Deakin University and Barwon Health. Subsequent funding was secured from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, The Jack Brockhoff Foundation, the Scobie Trust, the Shane O'Brien Memorial Asthma Foundation, the Our Women's Our Children's Fund Raising Committee Barwon Health, The Shepherd Foundation, the Rotary Club of Geelong, the Ilhan Food Allergy Foundation, GMHBA Limited, the Percy Baxter Charitable Trust and the Perpetual Trustees. In-kind support was provided by the Cotton On Foundation and CreativeForce. The study sponsors were not involved in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; writing the report or the decision to submit the report for publication. Research at Murdoch Children's Research Institute is supported by the State Government of Victoria's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.