Timeliness of immunisations in preterm infants in the Netherlands

Elsbeth D. M. Rouers*, Guy A. M. Berbers, Josephine A. P. van Dongen, Elisabeth A. M. Sanders, Patricia Bruijning-Verhagen, Marlies van Houten, Anne van Kempen, Obbe Norbuis, Dasja Pajkrt, Jacqueline van der Sluijs, Arine Vlieger, Gijs van Well, PRIEMA study group

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Abstract

Background: In the Netherlands, preterm infants receive the immunisations at the same chronological age as recommended for term infants without correction for gestational age (GA). The aim of this paper was to describe the timeliness of the routine Dutch national immunisation schedule in preterm infants in their first year of life and to evaluate possible determinants of delay.

Methods: Preterm infants were prospectively recruited between October 2015 and October 2017 and stratified according to GA (

Results: Timely start of immunisation occurs in 60.5% of preterm infants in the Netherlands. The proportion of infants receiving the first immunisation on time was lowest for the group with GA

Conclusion: These findings indicate that start of immunisations was often delayed in prematures and differs for different GA groups, being lowest (37%) in infants

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5862-5867
Number of pages6
JournalVaccine
Volume37
Issue number39
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2019

Keywords

  • AGE
  • BIRTH-WEIGHT INFANTS
  • DIPHTHERIA
  • National immunisation programme
  • PERTUSSIS
  • PREMATURE
  • Preterm infants
  • RISK
  • ROUTINE IMMUNIZATION
  • TETANUS
  • TRANSPORT
  • Timeliness
  • VACCINATION
  • Vaccination
  • EVENTS
  • ACELLULAR PERTUSSIS

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