Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics (formerly Human Vaccines) – Volume 13, Issue 7, 2017

Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics (formerly Human Vaccines)
Volume 13, Issue 7, 2017

Herpes zoster vaccine: A health economic evaluation for Switzerland
Patricia R. Blank, Zanfina Ademi, Xiaoyan Lu, Thomas D. Szucs & Matthias Schwenkglenks
Pages: 1495-1504
Published online: 08 May 2017

brief report
Measles cases among adolescents in southern Pakistan 2012–2015: The case for revisiting vaccination strategies
Sadia Shakoor, Erum Khan, Muhammad Imran Rajput & Wali Muhammad Rahimoon
Pages: 1544-1547
Published online: 25 Apr 2017
Aims: Surveillance of adult measles in Pakistan is a challenge as it does not enjoy the status of a reportable disease unlike childhood cases and therefore cases remain undetected and unreported or misdiagnosed. Consequently no data or estimates of young adult cases, seroprevalence, or estimates of susceptible preadolescent or young adult population exist. We have presented both laboratory conformed and clinically suspected cases of measles occurring in adolescents and adults in the southern province of Sindh in Pakistan. Methods: Through an examination of 2 independent databases, i.e. a laboratory database of measles IgM positive cases and clinically detected cases on surveillance performed by the Disease Early Warning System, we have analyzed and reported age-specific positivity rates from 2012 to 2015 in Sindh, Pakistan. Results: High rates of laboratory confirmed measles were observed in those aged 9 y and younger. Among adolescents and adults, significantly higher positivity rates were observed among those aged 10–19 y. Clinically detected cases from Sindh showed similar distribution of cases. Conclusions: High burden of cases among children <9 y of age confirm that supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) among this age group are inadequate and need to be strengthened. Cases among those 10–19 y further demonstrate the need for consolidating SIAs with an additional strategy to vaccinate those who remain non-immune at college entry and in institutions where outbreaks can be prevented. Such measures are essential to achieving the goal of measles elimination in the country and region.

A review of the value of quadrivalent influenza vaccines and their potential contribution to influenza control
Riju Ray, Gaël Dos Santos, Philip O. Buck, Carine Claeys, Gonçalo Matias, Bruce L. Innis & Rafik Bekkat-Berkani
Pages: 1640-1652
Published online: 22 May 2017

case report
Vaccination campaign at a temporary camp for victims of the earthquake in Lorca (Spain)
Jaime Jesús Pérez-Martín, Francisco José Romera Guirado, Yolanda Molina-Salas, Pedro José Bernal-González & José Antonio Navarro-Alonso
Pages: 1714-1721
Published online: 31 Mar 2017