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1Servizio di Epidemiologia, AUSL 3, Catania
2Dipartimento Osservatorio Epidemiologico, Assessorato Sanità (DASOE), Regione Sicilia
3Scuola Specializzazione Igiene e Medicina Preventiva, Università di Catania
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Key words: Varicella, Vaccine, Survey, Hospitalizations, Notifications
Since 2003 the vaccination schedule of the Sicilian region has provided varicella vaccination for toddlers (up to fifteenth month) and for susceptible twelve-year-old adolescents. The Epidemiology Service, LHU 3, Catania, implemented a study to assess the vaccination impact on varicella hospitalizations and notifications. Regarding the 346 hospitalizations registered in 2002 as baseline, a progressive reduction in hospitalizations had been observed: 2003 (-29%), 2004 (-35%), 2005 (-54%), 2006 (-56%), 2007 (-75%). The reduction was also observed in the 0-15 month toddlers (not to be vaccinated) and in the ≥15 year old subjects, for which active proposal vaccination is not contemplated. Since 2003 notifications and hospitalizations have showed a parallel decreasing trend.
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