Journal article

Immunisation practices in infants born prematurely: Neonatologists' survey and clinical audit

Nigel W Crawford, Vivien Yeo, Rod W Hunt, Charles Barfield, Ben Gelbart, Jim P Buttery

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2009

Abstract

AIM: To determine Australian neonatologists' recommendations for the immunisation of ex-preterm infants and compare their actual immunisation status with recommended Australian guidelines. METHODS: A self-administered nine-part questionnaire of current immunisation practices was sent to all Neonatologists in Australia (2006). A complementary retrospective immunisation audit was conducted in two tertiary neonatal units in Melbourne. Hospital records and the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) were reviewed; consenting parents were interviewed and primary care physicians' vaccination records were requested. A random sample of preterm infants born between July 2003 and June 2005 a..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the neonatologists in Australia who completed the survey and all the parents/guardians of the preterm infants who took part in the audit. Dr Nigel Crawford acknowledges a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia Postgraduate PhD Research Scholarship. The authors also thank Ms Susi Rogers for help with questionnaire design and data entry.