The impact of access to immunization information on vaccine acceptance in three countries

Lori K. Handy, Stefania Maroudi, Maura Powell, Bakanuki Nfila, Charlotte Moser, Ingrid Japa, Ndibo Monyatsi, Elena Tzortzi, Ismini Kouzeli, Anthony Luberti, Maria Theodoridou, Paul Offit, Andrew Steenhoff, Judy A. Shea, Kristen A. Feemster

PLoS One. 2017; 12(8): e0180759, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180759


Introduction: Vaccine acceptance is a critical component of sustainable immunization programs, yet rates of vaccine hesitancy are rising. Increased access to misinformation through media and antivaccine advocacy is an important contributor to hesitancy in the United States and other high-income nations with robust immunization programs.  Little is known about the content and effect of information sources on attitudes toward vaccination in settings with rapidly changing or unstable immunization programs.

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Perioperative antimicrobial prophylaxis in pediatric patients in Greece: Compliance with guidelines and impact of an educational intervention

Dimopoulou A, Kourlaba G, Psarris A, Coffin S, Spoulou V, Zaoutis T. J Pediatr Surg.

2015 Dec 1. pii: S0022-3468(15)00772-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2015.11.017. [Epub ahead of print]

BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Appropriate antimicrobial prophylaxis (PAP) prevents surgical site infections (SSI). The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an educational intervention to improve adherence to PAP guidelines in pediatric patients.

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Variation in paediatric hospital antibiotic guidelines in Europe

Spyridis N, Syridou G, Goossens H, Versporten A, Kopsidas J, Kourlaba G, Bielicki J, Drapier N, Zaoutis T, Tsolia M, Sharland M; ARPEC Project Group Members. Arch Dis Child.

2016 Jan;101(1):72-6. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-308255. Epub 2015 Sep 28.

OBJECTIVE: To assess the availability and source of guidelines for common infections in European paediatric hospitals and determine their content and characteristics.

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Antibiotic prescribing and expenditures in outpatient paediatrics in Greece, 2010-13

Kourlaba G, Kourkouni E, Spyridis N, Gerber JS, Kopsidas J, Mougkou K, Lourida A, Zaoutis TE. J Antimicrob Chemother.

2015 Aug;70(8):2405-8. doi: 10.1093/jac/dkv091. Epub 2015 Apr 16.

OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to provide a nationally representative analysis of antibiotic prescribing in outpatient paediatrics and to assess overall and class-specific antibiotic costs in Greece.

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Assessment of hand hygiene resources and practices at the 2 children's hospitals in Greece

Kouni S, Kourlaba G, Mougkou K, Maroudi S, Chavela B, Nteli C, Lourida A, Spyridis N, Zaoutis T, Coffin S. Pediatr Infect Dis J.

2014 Oct;33(10):e247-51. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000376.

BACKGROUND: Hand hygiene (HH) is the most effective way to prevent health care-associated infections and the spread of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens. The aim of our study was to assess the existing HH resources and current HH practices at 2 hospitals in Athens, Greece.

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