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Commun Dis Intell (2018)


Australian vaccine preventable disease epidemiological review series: varicella-zoster virus infections, 1998-2015.


Sheel M, Beard F, Quinn H, Dey A, Kirk M, Koehler A, Markey P, McIntyre P, Macartney K
Commun Dis Intell (2018). 2018; 42.
PMID: 30626299.


In 2005, the National Immunisation Program implemented a varicella vaccine for children aged 18 months, and in 2016, a herpes zoster (HZ) vaccine for adults aged 70-79 years. This epidemiological review analyses national trends in varicella and HZ for the years 1998-2015 to examine the impact of a funded varicella vaccine and provide a baseline for monitoring the impact of a funded HZ vaccine.