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Pneumococcal Vaccine Uptake Among Australian Hajj pilgrims in 2011-13


Tashani, M and Barasheed, O and Azeem, M and Alfelali, M and Badahdah, AM and Bokhary, H and Almasri, N and Alshehri, J and Matbouly, G and Kalantan, N and Heron, L and Ridda, I and Haworth, E and Asghar, A and Rashid, H and Booy, R, on behalf of the Hajj Research Team, Pneumococcal Vaccine Uptake Among Australian Hajj pilgrims in 2011-13, Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets, 14, (2) pp. 117-124. ISSN 1871-5265 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.2174/1871526514666140713154727


The uptake of the pneumococcal vaccine is suboptimal in Australia and remains unknown among Australian Hajj pilgrims, many of whom are eligible because of age or underlying disease and at particular risk because of travel and activities at Hajj. Pneumococcal vaccination uptake was examined over three consecutive years (2011 to 2013) through anonymous self-administered cross sectional surveys among Australian pilgrims who assembled in Mina valley, Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Respectively, 158, 513 and 219 pilgrims were recruited in 2011, 2012 and 2013; their mean ages were 43.8 (SDą13), 43 (SDą13.5) and 42.6 (SDą12.3) years; males accounted for 67 (42.4%), 325 (63.4%) and 172 (78.5%). Overall pneumococcal vaccine uptake rates were 28.5% (45/158), 28.7% (147/513) and 14.2% (31/219); among the pilgrims with 'at risk' conditions the pneumococcal vaccine uptake rates were 15 (30.6%), 43 (45.3%) and 9 (29%) respectively. According to our surveys, the pneumococcal vaccine uptake among Australian pilgrims is low. Further research is needed to explore the reasons through a validated study.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Hajj, Mecca, Pneumococcal vaccine, vaccination coverage
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Infectious diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Haworth, E (Dr Elizabeth Haworth)
ID Code:97297
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2014-12-10
Last Modified:2018-01-31

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