Ulrich Heininger

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UNLABELLED To further scientific progress of immunization safety, comparability of data from clinical trials and surveillance systems is essential. Comparability requires the availability of standardized case definitions for adverse events following immunization (AEFI) and guidelines for case determination, recording and data presentation. METHOD(More)
Background: To advance the science of immunization safety and " vaccinovigilance, " a globally acceptable, common vocabulary for adverse events following immunization (AEFIs) is needed to promote comparability of data. Methods: The Brighton Collaboration develops standardized case definitions and guidelines for data collection, analysis, and presentation(More)
BACKGROUND An increase of pertussis cases, especially in young infants and adolescents, has been noted in various countries. Whooping cough is most serious in neonates and young infants in whom it may cause serious complications such as cyanosis, apnoea, pneumonia, encephalopathy and death. To protect newborns and infants too young to be fully immunized,(More)
The varying clinical manifestations of Lyme borreliosis, transmitted by Ixodes ricinus and caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, frequently pose diagnostic problems. Diagnostic strategies vary between early and late disease manifestations and usually include serological methods. Erythema migrans is pathognomonic and does not require any further laboratory(More)
BACKGROUND Antibiotics are overused in children and adolescents with lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI). Serum-procalcitonin (PCT) can be used to guide treatment when bacterial infection is suspected. Its role in pediatric LRTI is unclear. METHODS Between 01/2009 and 02/2010 we randomized previously healthy patients 1 month to 18 years old(More)
We describe a boy with borreliosis characterized by lymphocytic meningitis and simultaneous palsy of facial and vestibular nerves on the left side. A mild sensoneural affection was also confirmed by brainstem evoked response audiometry. While symptoms of vestibular dysfunction quickly decreased during antibiotic treatment, facial palsy improved only slowly.
BACKGROUND To analyze the clinical presentation and complications of varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection in children with rheumatic diseases treated with immunosuppressive medication such as biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) and/or conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (cDMARDs), and to analyze the therapeutic(More)
One out of three pediatric sepsis deaths in high income countries occur in previously healthy children. Primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) have been postulated to underlie fulminant sepsis, but this concept remains to be confirmed in clinical practice. Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is a common bacterium mostly associated with health care-related(More)
We undertook an epidemiological survey of the annual incidence of pertussis reported from 2000 to 2013 in ten Central and Eastern European countries to ascertain whether increased pertussis reports in some countries share common underlying drivers or whether there are specific features in each country. The annual incidence of pertussis in the participating(More)
Objective Recommendations for immunoprophylaxis in low-birth-weight (LBW) infants born to hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-positive mothers vary. We successfully immunized an HBsAg-exposed infant (birth weight: 400 g) and performed a literature review on the outcome of postexposure immunoprophylaxis in HBsAg-exposed preterm and LBW infants. Methods By(More)