Christopher M Zimmerman

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CONTEXT The newly licensed tetravalent rhesus-human reassortant rotavirus vaccine has been withdrawn following reports of intussusception among vaccinated infants. OBJECTIVE To describe the epidemiology of intussusception-associated hospitalizations and deaths among US infants. DESIGN This retrospective cohort study examined hospital discharge data from(More)
In April 2009, an outbreak due to infection with the 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus (pH1N1) was investigated in a New York City high school. We surveyed household contacts of ill students to characterize the extent of transmission within households, identify contact groups at highest risk for illness, and assess the potential for preventing(More)
BACKGROUND Understanding transmissibility of influenza viruses within households is critical for guiding public health response to pandemics. We studied serologically confirmed infection and disease among household contacts of index case patients with 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus (pH1N1) infection in a setting of minimal community pH1N1(More)
BACKGROUND By 2005, vaccination had reduced the annual incidence of mumps in the United States by more than 99%, with few outbreaks reported. However, in 2006, a large outbreak occurred among highly vaccinated populations in the United States, and similar outbreaks have been reported worldwide. The outbreak described in this report occurred among U.S.(More)
IMPORTANCE Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) is a leading cause of pneumonia, meningitis, and bacteremia in children. In March 2010, a 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) was introduced to the routine childhood immunization schedule. The PCV13 contains 6 serotypes not included in the previously recommended 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate(More)
BACKGROUND An outbreak of serogroup C meningococcal disease that involved illicit drug users and their contacts occurred in Brooklyn, New York, during 2005 and 2006. METHODS The objectives of this study were to identify the population at risk for meningococcal disease, describe efforts to interrupt disease transmission, and assess the impact of a vaccine(More)
BACKGROUND Measles was eliminated in the United States through high vaccination coverage and a public health system able to rapidly respond to measles. Measles may occur among vaccinated individuals, but secondary transmission from such individuals has not been documented. METHODS Suspected patients and contacts exposed during a measles outbreak in New(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the financial and clinical burden of diarrhea- and rotavirus-associated disease among a population of privately insured US children. METHODS For the period 1993 through 1996, we analyzed medical claims data from a large, administrative database containing information on approximately 300,000 children <5 years of age to examine trends(More)
A mumps outbreak in upstate New York in 2009 at a summer camp for Orthodox Jewish boys spread into Orthodox Jewish communities in the Northeast, including New York City. The availability of epidemiologic information, including vaccination records and parotitis onset dates, allowed an enhanced analysis of laboratory methods for mumps testing. Serum and(More)
OBJECTIVES The rhesus tetravalent rotavirus vaccine (RRV) was withdrawn from the routine program for childhood immunization in the United States because of the rare and unexpected occurrence of intussusception in the 2-week period after administration of the first dose. METHODS To search for the pathogenesis of this association, we compared the pathology(More)