The EUVAC-NET survey: national pertussis surveillance systems in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland.

J. E. Schmidt, A. E. Tozzi, L. Rava, S. Glismann

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Abstract

A questionnaire was mailed out to member states of the European Union (EU) plus Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland, to inquire about the type of information routinely recorded in national pertussis surveillance systems. Information was requested on surveillance methods, type of information recorded for cases of pertussis, vaccination schedule, type of vaccine used, and methods for estimating vaccination coverage. Local surveillance methods, vaccination strategies, and methods to estimate vaccination coverage were found to differ widely across the participating countries. The results of the questionnaire survey show, however, that there are comparable subsets of variables common to many countries. Future activities of the EUVAC-NET project will include defining the homogeneous elements in national systems and to group appropriately those countries with common surveillance features.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-104
Number of pages7
JournalEuro surveillance : bulletin européen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin
Volume6
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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