Influenza Research

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Clinical Trials




Influenza epidemiology in adults admitted to sentinel Australian hospitals in 2014: the Influenza Complications Alert Network (FluCAN).
Cheng AC, Holmes M, Senenayake S, Dwyer DE, Hewagama S, Korman T, Irving L, Brown S, Waterer G, Hunter C, Friedman ND, Wark P, Simpson G, Upman J, Bowler S, Macartney K, Blyth C, Kotsimbos T, Kelly P.
Commun Dis Intell Q Rep. 2015 Sep 30;39(3):E355-60.

Mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination of health care workers: a way forward to improving influenza vaccination rates.
Chean R, Ferguson JK, Stuart RL.
Healthcare Infection 2014 [in press]

A pilot study of an influenza vaccination or mask mandate in an Australian tertiary health service.
Stuart RL, Gillespie EE, Kerr PG.
Med J Aust. 2014 Feb 3;200(2):83-4. No abstract available.
PMID: 24484101 [PubMed – in process]

Influenza vaccine effectiveness against hospitalisation with confirmed influenza in the 2010-11 seasons: a test-negative observational study.
Cheng AC,  Holmes M,  Irving LB, Brown SG, Waterer GW, Korman TM, Friedman ND, Senanayake S, Dwyer DE,  Brady S, Simpson G, Wood-Baker R, Upham J, Paterson D, Jenkins C, Wark P, Kelly PM. Kotsimbos T.
PLOS One 2013 Jul 16;8(7):e68760. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0068760. Print 2013.
PMID: 23874754 [PubMed – in process]

Hospital-acquired influenza in an Australian sentinel surveillance system.
Macesic N, Kotsimbos TC, Kelly P, Cheng AC. FluCAN Investigators
Med J Aust. 2013 Apr 15;198(7):370-2.
PMID:23581956 [PubMed – in process]

Hospitalisation with confirmed influenza in a sentinel surveillance system in 2010 and 2011.
Cheng AC, FluCAN Investigators,
Med J Aust. 2012 Aug 2s0;197(4):217.
PMID: 22900868 [PubMed – in process]

Influenza vaccination uptake amongst pregnant women and maternal care providers is suboptimal.
Lu AB, Halim AA, Dendle C, Kotsanas D, Giles ML, Wallace EM, Buttery JP, Stuart RL.
Vaccine. 2012 Jun 8;30(27):4055-9. Epub 2012 Apr 19.
PMID: 22521842 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

Mycophenolate and lower graft function reduce the seroresponse of kidney transplant recipients to pandemic H1N1 vaccination.
Mulley WR, Visvanathan K, Hurt AC, Brown FG, Polkinghorne KR, Mastorakos T, Lewicki MC, Stuart RL, Tan SJ, Chean R, Kerr PG, Kanellis J.
Kidney Int
. 2012 Jul;82(2):212-9. doi: 10.1038/ki.2012.106. Epub 2012 Apr 11.

Effectiveness of H1N1/09 monovalent and trivalent influenza vaccines against hospitalization with laboratory-confirmed H1N1/09 influenza in Australia: A test-negative case control study.
Cheng AC, Kotsimbos T, Kelly HA, Irving LB, Bowler SD, Brown SG, Holmes M, Jenkins CR, Thompson P, Simpson G, Wood-Baker R, Senanayake SN, Brady SJ, Paterson DL, Wark PA, Upham JW, Korman TM, Dwyer DE, Waterer GW, Kelly PM.
Vaccine. 2011 Oct 6;29(43):7320-5. Epub 2011 Jul 31.
PMID: 21810450 [PubMed – in process]

2009 H1N1 influenza A and pregnancy outcomes in Victoria, Australia.
Hewagama S, Walker SP, Stuart RL, Gordon C, Johnson PD, Friedman ND, O’Reilly M, Cheng AC, Giles ML.
Clin Infect Dis. 2010 Mar 1;50(5):686-90.
PMID: 20100064 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Hospitalised adult patients with pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza in Melbourne, Australia.
Denholm JT, Gordon CL, Johnson PD, Hewagama SS, Stuart RL, Aboltins C, Jeremiah C, Knox J, Lane GP, Tramontana AR, Slavin MA, Schulz TR, Richards M, Birch CJ, Cheng AC.
Med J Aust. 2010 Jan 18;192(2):84-6.
PMID: 20078408 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

ASID (HICSIG) position statement: infection control guidelines for patients with influenza-like illnesses, including pandemic (H1N1) influenza 2009, in Australian health care facilities.
Stuart RL, Cheng AC, Marshall CL, Ferguson JK; Healthcare infection control special interest group of the Australian Society for Infectious Diseases.
Med J Aust. 2009 Oct 19;191(8):454-8. Erratum in: Med J Aust. 2009 Dec 7-21;191(11-12):667.
PMID: 19835543 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Summary of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand guidelines: treatment and prevention of H1N1 influenza 09 (human swine influenza) with antiviral agents.
Cheng AC, Dwyer DE, Kotsimbos AT, Starr M, Korman TM, Buttery JP, Jenkins CR, Krause VL, Johnson PD; Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Med J Aust. 2009 Aug 3;191(3):142-5. No abstract available.
PMID: 19645641 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Melting muscles: novel H1N1 influenza A associated rhabdomyolysis.
D’Silva D, Hewagama S, Doherty R, Korman TM, Buttery J.
Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2009 Dec;28(12):1138-9.
PMID: 19841604 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Personal protective equipment and antiviral drug use during hospitalization for suspected avian or pandemic influenza.
Swaminathan A, Martin R, Gamon S, Aboltins C, Athan E, Braitberg G, Catton MG, Cooley L, Dwyer DE, Edmonds D, Eisen DP, Hosking K, Hughes AJ, Johnson PD, Maclean AV, O’Reilly M, Peters SE, Stuart RL, Moran R, Grayson ML.
Emerg Infect Dis. 2007 Oct;13(10):1541-7.
PMID: 18258004 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]Free PMC ArticleFree text

Preparing for an influenza pandemic: healthcare workers’ opinions on working during a pandemic
Stuart RL, Gillespie EE.
Healthcare Infect 2008; 13(3): 95–99.

Improving influenza vaccination rates in a large health service
Bellaard-Smith E, Stuart RL, Gillespie EE.
Healthcare Infect 2008 13(1) 15–19.