Vaccine 2021 Mar 20;39(12):1727-1735. Epub 2021 Feb 20.
School of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia; The University of Sydney Northern Clinical School, Women and Babies Research, St Leonards, NSW, Australia; Northern Sydney Local Health District, Kolling Institute, St Leonards, NSW, Australia; National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, Westmead, NSW, Australia.
Background: Risk-based recommendations are common for pneumococcal vaccines but little is known about their uptake. In Australia, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) was funded only for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) children and those with underlying medical conditions in 2001, and then there were different booster dose recommendations depending on risk after the introduction of universal PCV vaccination in 2005.
Methods: We measured coverage of PCV dose 3 and additional PCV and 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV23) doses by risk group among children born in July 2001-December 2012 in two Australian states using linked immunisation and hospitalisation data (available until December 2013). Read More