Varicella-related complications and hospitalisations in a tertiary pediatric medical center before vaccine introduction
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The aim of this study was to identify varicella complications in children and assess the hospitalisation rates in the pre-vaccination era.
The present study was conducted in Aghia Sophia Children’s Hospital, which is located in the Athens metropolitan area and serves approximately 650,000 children 0–14 years of age. The records of patients discharged with the diagnosis of varicella from January 1998 to December 2002 were reviewed, and pertinent information regarding demographic data, complications, and outcome was abstracted. Complications were categorised by the main system involved and analysed only for immunocompetent children. Annual incidence of hospitalisation rates of varicella was calculated per 100,000 children in each age group. Population figures were based on the latest census (2000) and predicted changes in the paediatric population of the aforementioned geographic area.
Five hundred and seventy-three children were hospitalised for varicella during the study period. Of...
KeywordsVaricella Varicella complications Hospitalisation rate
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