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Vaccination not linked to subdural haematomas in babies

04 Jun 2019
The China-branch of the WHO has been urging China’s State Council to expand its childhood immunisation programme to include flu vaccines as part of the core vaccines that are provided at free of charge.

There appears to be no temporal link between vaccination and the development of subdural haematomas in infants, a recent study has found.

Researchers performed a prospective, population-based study on 228 infants who had received a vaccine shot. Computerized tomography scan or magnetic resonance imaging was performed to detect the presence of subdural haematoma. Cases were matched with controls based on chronological and gestational age.

Of the participants, 28 were positive for subdural haematomas: 22 had abusive while six had nonabusive head trauma. The remaining 200 children were designated as controls, of whom 61 percent (n=121) had available vaccination information. Majority of those with available vaccine data had received a hexavalent (n=124) pneumococcal (n=123) vaccine; 15 had not received any shots.

After matching, the analysis was carried out in 28 infants with subdural haematomas and in 62 controls without the condition. Cases and controls were not significantly different in terms of the frequency of receiving at least one vaccination since birth (86 percent vs 89 percent; odds ratio [OR], 0.77, 95 percent CI, 0.17–3.86; p>0.50).

The same was true for the frequency of vaccination within the last 7 (11 percent vs 11 percent; OR, 0.94, 0.08–6.96), 14 (18 percent vs 22 percent; OR, 0.70, 0.12–2.92) and 21 (18 percent vs 27 percent; OR, 0.48, 0.08–1.98) days before imaging. Median time since last vaccination (1.4 vs 1.3 months; p=0.62) was comparable in both groups.

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Joyce Lam Ching Mei, 28 Mar 2019
April 17 marks World Haemophilia Day, and this year’s theme is  “Reaching Out – The First Step to Care”. Adjunct Assoc Prof Joyce Lam Ching Mei, head of the Haematology Laboratory and Blood Bank and senior consultant from the Paediatric Haematology/Oncology Service at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore, speaks to Elaine Soliven on the importance of recognizing and managing bleeding disorders in primary care.
02 Apr 2019
Using preventive zinc and micronutrient powder supplementation does not appear to improve growth in children, a recent study has found.
Pearl Toh, 01 May 2019
Preterm infants with very low birth weight (VLBW) who were breastfed have significantly higher levels of metabolites important for brain growth and development in their brain tissue compared with formula-fed infants, suggesting that breastfed infants have improved cerebral metabolism at term-equivalent age, according to a study presented at the PAS 2019 Meeting.