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Data of hospitalizations for varicella and herpes zoster in Spain during the 1999-2000 period were obtained from the national surveillance system for hospital data. A total of 3083 hospitalizations for varicella and 6324 for herpes zoster were identified, representing an annual incidence of 4.1 and 8.4 per 100,000 persons per year, respectively. Almost half(More)
The aim of this study is to provide estimates on the incidence of rotavirus infection requiring hospitalization in children <or=5 years of age during the 1999-2000 period in Spain and the associated direct cost of these hospitalizations. Hospital admissions attributable to rotavirus were estimated by using data on confirmed laboratory reports of rotavirus(More)
The aim of the study was to carry out a cost analysis to allow the comparison of the cost of two vaccination strategies against Hepatitis A in health-care personnel. A total of 423 health-care workers were recruited at one General Hospital of Madrid, Spain. Blood specimens were obtained for anti-HAV antibody determination. The prevalence of anti-HAV(More)
Our objectives were to assess the prevalence of anti-hepatitis A (HAV) antibodies in Spanish travellers to developing countries and to carry out a cost analysis to allow the comparison of two vaccination strategies. Adult subjects were selected from among travellers to developing countries. Information was obtained on age, sex, destination, previous(More)
This study assessed the seroprevalence of varicella antibodies in children and adolescents in Spain and evaluated the reliability of two methods for detecting susceptible individuals: (1) parental-reported history of varicella and (2) medically-documented histories maintained by the pediatrician. A total of 186 children (6 to 15 years of age) were recruited(More)
OBJECTIVES This epidemiological survey was undertaken to estimate the burden of hospital admissions for pneumonia in Spain during a four-year period (1995-1998). METHODS Data were obtained from the national surveillance system for hospital data. RESULTS There were 231,512 hospital admissions for pneumonia (ICD 9 CM 480-486; first listed diagnosis)(More)
Varicella vaccines available in Spain were marketed in 1998 and 2003 for non-routine use. Since 2006 some regions included universal varicella vaccination in their regional routine vaccination programs at 15-18 months of age. Regions without universal vaccination in toddlers, but instead with the strategy of vaccinating susceptible adolescents, reached(More)
The objective of this study was to assess the seroprevalence of varicella antibodies in healthcare workers and students of healthcare professions and to determine the validity of the self-reported varicella history for detecting susceptible subjects. Personnel of a general hospital and students were recruited and a 5 mL blood sample was obtained from all(More)
Rotavirus vaccines were licensed in Spain between late 2006 and early 2007. Rotavirus vaccination was recommended but not reimbursed by the Spanish National Health System. Significant coverage rates have been reached in Galicia, with an average of 47% since the period July 2007-June 2008. We aim to explore eventual variations in the incidence of(More)