Danielle Strens

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BACKGROUND This study investigated the effect of pediatric vaccination against rotavirus on the number of rotavirus-related hospitalizations of children in Belgium. METHODS This retrospective database study was conducted at 12 pediatric hospitals in Belgium (546 pediatric beds, 30.6% of Belgian total). Children ≤ 5 years attending hospital for any reason(More)
During each winter period hospital emergency rooms and pediatric wards are often overwhelmed by high patient influx with infectious diseases leading to chaotic conditions with poor quality of care (QoC) delivery as a consequence. The conditions could be improved if we were able to better control the influx by introducing for instance better prevention(More)
INTRODUCTION Rotavirus (RV) vaccination was introduced in Belgium in 2006. With the high uptake it had (>85%), a sharp decline in hospitalizations was observed during the first years after vaccine introduction. The objective of this study was to investigate whether this decline was maintained and to simulate projections. METHODS The Rotavirus Belgium(More)
INTRODUCTION The benefits of rotavirus (RV) vaccination in developed countries have focused on reductions in mortality, hospitalization and medical visits, and herd protection. We investigated other aspects related to RV-induced nosocomial infection, duration of hospital stay, age shift, and sustained vaccine impact (VI) over time. METHOD RotaBIS(More)
This study describes epidemiological trends for acute rotavirus gastroenteritis (RVGE) in Belgium in children aged ⩽5 years during the period June 2007 to May 2014 after the introduction of routine rotavirus (RV) vaccination. This period encompassed the switch from lyophilized to the liquid formulation of Rotarix™ (GlaxoSmithKline, Belgium) in August 2011.(More)
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