• Relationship between parent held child records for immunisations, parental recall and health service.

      Jessop, L; Lotya, J; Murrin, C; Fallon, U B; Kelleher, C C; Lifeways Cross-Generation Cohort Study Steering Group, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science, Woodview House, UCD Dublin 4. (2011-03)
      Parent held child records (PHCR) were introduced in Ireland in 2008. This study investigated the relationship between the PHCR, parental recall and regional Health Service Executive (HSE) records for immunisation uptake. It used the Lifeways cohort study of 1070 singleton children to compare immunisation data from PHCR at one year, parental recall at five years and information from the HSE. When compared to HSE records, full recording of primary immunisations in the PHCR was reported for 695 of 749 (92.8%) children. Parental recall was correct for 520 of 538 (96.7%) children. Of the 307 completed PHCRs, 207 (75.9%) agreed with the HSE records. Agreement between the three sources for primary immunisations was 74-93% but was not statistically significant. Agreement was 91% (p < 0.001) for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines between parental recall and HSE records. PHCRs underestimated and parental recall overestimated immunisation status when compared with HSE records.
    • Vaccine adverse event monitoring systems across the European Union countries: time for unifying efforts.

      Zanoni, Giovanna; Berra, Piero; Lucchi, Ilaria; Ferro, Antonio; O'Flanagan, Darina; Levy-Bruhl, Daniel; Salmaso, Stefania; Tridente, Giuseppe; The Green Channel Centre of the Veneto Region, Verona University Hospital and Department of Pathology, Section of Immunology, Piazzale L.A. Scuro 10, 37134 Verona, Italy. giovanna.zanoni@univr.it (2009-05-26)
      A survey conducted among 26 European Countries within the Vaccine European New Integrated Collaboration Effort (VENICE) project assessed the status of organization in prevention and management of adverse events following immunization (AEFI) and level of interconnection, with the aim at individuating points of strength and weakness. The emerging picture is for a strong political commitment to control AEFIs in Member States (MS), but with consistent heterogeneity in procedures, regulations and capacity of systems to collect, analyze and use data, although with great potentialities. Suggestions are posed by authors to promote actions for unifying strategies and policies among MS.