This includes invasive pneumococcal disease and influenza. The primary aim of this study was to describe compliance with current Australian guidelines for vaccination of children and adolescents diagnosed with IBD. A secondary aim was to review the serological screening for VPD. Methods A random sample of patients (0-18 years at diagnosis), were selected from the Victoria Australia state based Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Register. A multi-faceted retrospective review of immunization status was undertaken, with hospital records audited, a telephone interview survey conducted with consenting parents and the vaccination history was checked against the primary care physician and Australian Childhood Immunization Register (ACIR) records. The routine primary childhood vaccinations and administration of the recommended additional influenza and pneumococcal vaccines was clarified. Results This 2007 audit reviewed the immunization status of 101individuals on the Victorian Pediatric IBD database. Median age at diagnosis was 12.1 years, 50% were on active immunosuppressive therapy. 90% (38/42) [95% confidence intervals (CI) 77%; 97%] with complete immunization information were up-to-date with routine primary immunizations. Only 5% (5/101) [95% CI 2%; 11%] received a recommended pneumococcal vaccine booster and 10% (10/101) [95% CI 5%; 17%] had evidence of having ever received a seasonal influenza vaccine. Those living in rural Victoria (p = 0.005) and younger at the age of diagnosis (p = 0.002) were more likely to have ever received an influenza vaccine Serological testing, reviewing historical protection from VPD, identified 18% (17/94) with evidence of at least one serology sample. Conclusion This study highlights poor compliance in IBD patients for additional recommended vaccines.
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Australian prime minister defends gay marriage
“Well mate, if I was going to have that view, the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition,” Rudd said. “Because St. Paul said in the New Testament: Slaves be obedient to your masters. And therefore we should have all fought for the Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War,” he added. Rudd said the fundamental principle of the New Testament was universal love. “If we get obsessed with a particular definition of that through a form of sexuality, then I think we are missing the centrality of what the Gospel,” Rudd said. “If you think homosexuality is an unnatural condition, then frankly I cannot agree with you based on any element of the science,” he added. Gay marriage is a point of difference between Rudd and opposition leader Tony Abbott, whose conservative coalition is favorite to win Saturday’s elections after six years out of power. Abbott remains staunchly opposed to same-sex marriage, despite his lesbian sister Christine Forster endorsing marriage equality. He said Tuesday that Australians should not expect a vote on gay marriage in the next three-year term of Parliament after the weekend election. “Everyone knows where I stand on this,” said Abbott, a former Roman Catholic seminarian. “There are some of my colleagues who have a different position on this.” Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome described Rudd’s defense of marriage equality as “a historic moment in the campaign for the reform.” Croome urged people of faith who support marriage equality to follow the example set by Rudd, who is a Catholic. “It is unprecedented in Australian history for a prime minister to give such a strong defense of equality for gay people, and it was made all the more compelling because it was from a Christian perspective,” Croome said in a statement. “Mr. Rudd gave a moral and spiritual urgency to marriage equality that will resonate with many Australians, including many Australians Christians, and which marks a historic moment in the debate,” he added.