Affiliation: University of Turku
Heikkinen T, Marttila J, Salmi A, Ruuskanen O. Nasal swab versus nasopharyngeal aspirate for isolation of respiratory viruses. J Clin Microbiol. 2002;40:4337-9 pubmed
..The sensitivity of nasal swabs was comparable to that of nasopharyngeal aspirates for the detection of all major respiratory viruses except respiratory syncytial virus. ..
Heikkinen T, Booy R, Campins M, Finn A, Olcen P, Peltola H, et al
. Should healthy children be vaccinated against influenza? A consensus report of the Summits of Independent European Vaccination Experts. Eur J Pediatr. 2006;165:223-8 pubmed
..Annual influenza vaccination should be recommended to all children from 6 months to 3 years of age. ..
Heikkinen T, Silvennoinen H, Heinonen S, Vuorinen T. Clinical and socioeconomic impact of moderate-to-severe versus mild influenza in children. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2016;35:1107-13 pubmed publisher
..Illness severity should be considered when assessing influenza vaccine effectiveness in children. ..
Heikkinen T. Respiratory viruses and children. J Infect. 2016;72 Suppl:S29-33 pubmed publisher
..At present, antivirals and vaccines are only available against influenza viruses, but new vaccines and antivirals against other viruses, especially for RSV, are being developed. ..
Heikkinen T. The role of respiratory viruses in otitis media. Vaccine. 2000;19 Suppl 1:S51-5 pubmed
..The availability of effective vaccines against the principal viruses predisposing to acute otitis media could be expected to result in a substantial reduction in the incidence of this disease. ..
Heikkinen T, Osterback R, Peltola V, Jartti T, Vainionpaa R. Human metapneumovirus infections in children. Emerg Infect Dis. 2008;14:101-6 pubmed publisher
..Acute otitis media developed in 61% of hMPV-infected children <3 years of age. Our findings demonstrate that the effect of hMPV in the community is greatest in children <2 years of age...