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
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..View full abstract
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.