Overview and assessment of available data sources to determine incidence of vaccine preventable diseases- vaccination coverage- and immune status in Germany.

Author: Poggensee- G; Reuss- A; Reiter- S & Siedler- A
Tags: Data quality

Abstract

The surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases and vaccination coverage is necessary in order to deliver epidemiological data with respect to national vaccination recommendations and control targets. The data available on the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases- vaccination coverage- and immune status of the population are fragmentary and do not allow the epidemiological situation to be fully assessed. Although the majority of vaccine preventable diseases are under surveillance nationwide (by statutory reporting or sentinel surveillance)- data are not available for some diseases. In addition- data on vaccination coverage are not collected centrally. Nationwide data on vaccination coverage are only available for children at school entry. Use of secondary data such as data from health insurance companies or associations of statutory health insurance physicians provides an opportunity to close gaps in knowledge and to improve the surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases.

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Type Journal article
Language English
Country Germany
PubMed URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19823785
Journal Bundesgesundheitsblatt- Gesundheitsforschung- Gesundheitsschutz
Volume 52
Year 2009
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