Editor's column

This column published in Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 22 Number 7, 9 July 1998, contains a commentary by the Editor about readers' feedback and a summary of this issue's contents.

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This issue of CDI features a report of the workshop on pertussis vaccines (p 125) convened by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases in August 1997. As well as providing a summary of the history of pertussis vaccines, the report highlights some of the complexities that face us in making decisions about which vaccines should be incorporated into the Standard Vaccination Schedule. These complexities will increase as the range of diseases for which vaccines are available expands and more combination vaccines come on to the market. The report also discusses some issues in the evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of vaccines used in population programs. Such evaluations are relatively new but likely to be of increasing importance in vaccine scheduling decisions. With the launch of the Measles Control Program this month, the article by Burgess et al on adverse events following measles immunisation (p 136) is both timely and reassuring. The slight increase in notifications of meningococcal disease noted in the Communicable Diseases Highlights on page 139 reminds us that we are entering the peak season for meningococcal disease. The short report by Harvey (p 134) reviews the 1997 meningococcal disease data and points to the need for increased vigilance to diagnose cases early and commence treatment promptly. There is nothing like claiming that something is a first to provoke correspondence to the Editor. Following reminders of two other reports of infant botulism, we have published (p 133) a clarification of the editorial comment that accompanied last issue's case report.

This article was published in Communicable Diseases Intelligence Vol 22 No 7, 9 July 1998.

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