Chris P. Lowbridge

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BACKGROUND On the 30th September 2009, the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza vaccine was made available to adults and children aged 10 years and over, in Australia. Acceptance of a novel vaccine is influenced by perceptions of risk including risk of infection, risk of death or severe illness and risk of serious vaccine side-effects. We surveyed a sample of(More)
OBJECTIVE To ascertain the beliefs, perceived risks and initial attitudes of the Australian community towards the influenza pandemic declared by the World Health Organization in response to the emergence of an A(H1N1) influenza subtype. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Cross-sectional survey of Sydney residents during WHO Phase 5 of pandemic (H1N1) 2009.(More)
An important approach to protecting infants against pertussis is to provide a booster vaccination to close contacts, however this strategy requires a good understanding of infection sources to be effective. The objective of this study was to identify the most important sources of transmission of pertussis infection to infants, regardless of hospitalisation(More)
AIM To describe the epidemiology of tuberculosis in NSW between 2009 and 2011 and compare with previous years. METHODS Data from all cases of tuberculosis notified in NSW during this period were extracted from the Notifiable Conditions Information Management System. Descriptive analyses of notification data were undertaken. Incidence rates were calculated(More)
Q fever is the most frequently notified zoonotic infection in NSW residents. The past decade has seen the introduction of a targeted national Q fever vaccination program. Methods: We undertook a descriptive analysis of Q fever notifications in NSW, for the period 2001–2010. Results: A total of 1912 cases of Q fever were notified in NSW between 2001 and 2010(More)
Tuberculosis (TB) is a complex, difficult disease from both public health and clinical perspectives. Problems are the norm, rather than the exception.The NSW TB Control Program consists of a network of highly experienced physicians, nurses, laboratory and public health personnel, working closely to manage this ongoing threat to public health. The following(More)
The roll-out of the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza vaccine in NSW was significantly different to that envisaged for a pandemic vaccination program. Pre-pandemic planning had focused on the urgent roll-out of a vaccine through mass vaccination clinics in a time of high demand due to a virulent influenza virus. Instead the situation was less urgent, with the(More)
SETTING The emergence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) threatens the ongoing control of tuberculosis (TB). The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has low TB and MDR-TB incidence. OBJECTIVE To examine the epidemiology and the clinical and public health management of MDR-TB in NSW. DESIGN A retrospective case-series analysis of MDR-TB(More)
More than100years after the discovery of the tubercle bacillus by Robert Koch, tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the most important public health challenges worldwide. Despite significant achievements in communicable disease control in the last century, theWorldHealthOrganization (WHO) estimates that in 2011 there were 8.7 million incident cases of TB and(More)