H E de Melker

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Affiliation: National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
Country: The Netherlands

Publications

  1. ncbi The epidemiology of varicella and herpes zoster in The Netherlands: implications for varicella zoster virus vaccination
    Hester de Melker
    Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, P O Box 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Vaccine 24:3946-52. 2006
  2. ncbi [Function of tetanus immunoglobulin in case of injury: administration often unnecessary]
    H E de Melker
    Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu, Centrum voor Infectieziekten Epidemiologie, Postbus 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven
    Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd 148:429-33. 2004
  3. pmc Diphtheria antitoxin levels in the Netherlands: a population-based study
    H E de Melker
    National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Emerg Infect Dis 5:694-700. 1999
  4. pmc Reemergence of pertussis in the highly vaccinated population of the Netherlands: observations on surveillance data
    H E de Melker
    Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Emerg Infect Dis 6:348-57. 2000
  5. ncbi Immunity against poliomyelitis in the Netherlands, assessed in 2006 to 2007: the importance of completing a vaccination series
    N A van der Maas
    Epidemiology and Surveillance, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Euro Surveill 19:20705. 2014
  6. ncbi Sero-epidemiology of measles antibodies in the Netherlands, a cross-sectional study in a national sample and in communities with low vaccine coverage
    S van den Hof
    Department of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, Netherlands
    Vaccine 18:931-40. 1999
  7. ncbi High risk of a large measles outbreak despite 30 years of measles vaccination in The Netherlands
    L Mollema
    National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Epidemiol Infect 142:1100-8. 2014
  8. ncbi Immunity to poliomyelitis in The Netherlands
    M A Conyn-van Spaendonck
    Department of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Am J Epidemiol 153:207-14. 2001
  9. doi Seasonal patterns in time series of pertussis
    S C de Greeff
    Epidemiology and Surveillance, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Epidemiol Infect 137:1388-95. 2009
  10. pmc Pertussis in The Netherlands: an outbreak despite high levels of immunization with whole-cell vaccine
    H E de Melker
    National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Emerg Infect Dis 3:175-8. 1997

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  1. ncbi The epidemiology of varicella and herpes zoster in The Netherlands: implications for varicella zoster virus vaccination
    Hester de Melker
    Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, P O Box 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Vaccine 24:3946-52. 2006
    ..Insight into epidemiology of varicella zoster is needed for the assessment of the desirability of introduction of routine varicella zoster vaccination...
  2. ncbi [Function of tetanus immunoglobulin in case of injury: administration often unnecessary]
    H E de Melker
    Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu, Centrum voor Infectieziekten Epidemiologie, Postbus 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven
    Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd 148:429-33. 2004
    ..To calculate the number of tetanus immunoglobulin (TIG) injections given in order to prevent one patient developing tetanus (number needed to treat (NNT)) and the accompanying costs...
  3. pmc Diphtheria antitoxin levels in the Netherlands: a population-based study
    H E de Melker
    National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Emerg Infect Dis 5:694-700. 1999
    ..As more than 60% of orthodox reformed persons have antibody levels lower than 0.01 IU/ml, introduction of diphtheria into religious communities refusing vaccination may constitute a danger of spread of the bacterium...
  4. pmc Reemergence of pertussis in the highly vaccinated population of the Netherlands: observations on surveillance data
    H E de Melker
    Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Emerg Infect Dis 6:348-57. 2000
    ..The small immunogenicity profile of the Dutch vaccine may have resulted in greater vulnerability to antigenic changes in B. pertussis...
  5. ncbi Immunity against poliomyelitis in the Netherlands, assessed in 2006 to 2007: the importance of completing a vaccination series
    N A van der Maas
    Epidemiology and Surveillance, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Euro Surveill 19:20705. 2014
    ..The Dutch National Immunisation Programme against poliomyelitis has provided good seroprotection, with high and long-lasting GMTs against all serotypes upon completion. The unvaccinated population remains at risk...
  6. ncbi Sero-epidemiology of measles antibodies in the Netherlands, a cross-sectional study in a national sample and in communities with low vaccine coverage
    S van den Hof
    Department of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, Netherlands
    Vaccine 18:931-40. 1999
    ..4-94.0%) was lower than the level believed to be necessary for the elimination of measles. Protective levels of maternal antibodies in newborns have waned several months before the first vaccination is scheduled...
  7. ncbi High risk of a large measles outbreak despite 30 years of measles vaccination in The Netherlands
    L Mollema
    National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Epidemiol Infect 142:1100-8. 2014
    ..The Netherlands is at an imminent risk of a measles outbreak in the orthodox Protestant minority. To prevent subsequent transmission to the general population, efforts to protect susceptible age groups are needed...
  8. ncbi Immunity to poliomyelitis in The Netherlands
    M A Conyn-van Spaendonck
    Department of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Am J Epidemiol 153:207-14. 2001
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  9. doi Seasonal patterns in time series of pertussis
    S C de Greeff
    Epidemiology and Surveillance, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Epidemiol Infect 137:1388-95. 2009
    ..Studying trends offers insight into transmission dynamics and may facilitate decisions on future vaccination strategies...
  10. pmc Pertussis in The Netherlands: an outbreak despite high levels of immunization with whole-cell vaccine
    H E de Melker
    National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Emerg Infect Dis 3:175-8. 1997
    ..However, the cause of this increase has not yet been determined. Further research is directed to the severity of disease and a possible mismatch between the vaccine and the circulating Bordetella strains...
  11. ncbi [Effect of vaccination against pertussis on the incidence of pertussis in The Netherlands, 1996-2003]
    S C de Greeff
    Centrum voor Infectieziekten Epidemiologie Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu, Postbus 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven
    Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd 149:937-43. 2005
    ..To determine whether booster vaccination of 4-year-old children with an acellular pertussis vaccine, which has been included in the national vaccination programme since October 2001, has decreased the incidence of pertussis...
  12. doi Pertussis disease burden in the household: how to protect young infants
    S C de Greeff
    Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Clin Infect Dis 50:1339-45. 2010
    ..We conducted a population-based, nation-wide, prospective study to identify who introduced pertussis into the household of infants aged 6 months admitted to the hospital for pertussis in the Netherlands...
  13. pmc Measles outbreak in a community with very low vaccine coverage, the Netherlands
    S van den Hof
    National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Emerg Infect Dis 7:593-7. 2001
    ..The data also show that clusters of persons refraining from vaccination interfere with measles elimination even in populations with very high overall vaccine coverage (96%)...
  14. pmc A model based evaluation of the 1996-7 pertussis epidemic in The Netherlands
    M van Boven
    Department of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Epidemiol Infect 127:73-85. 2001
    ..We discuss the implications of this conclusion for B. pertussis circulation, and for the design of vaccination programmes in the face of a polymorphic B. pertussis population that may adapt itself to vaccination...
  15. doi Incidence of multiple sclerosis in the general population in the Netherlands, 1996-2008
    M A Kramer
    Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance, Center for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Neuroepidemiology 39:96-102. 2012
    ..We estimated the multiple sclerosis (MS) incidence in the Netherlands for better active monitoring of potential vaccine safety signals...
  16. ncbi Antibodies to Haemophilus influenzae serotype b in the Netherlands a few years after the introduction of routine vaccination
    S van den Hof
    National Institute of Public Health and the Environment RIVM, Dept of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Clin Infect Dis 32:2-8. 2001
    ..The key questions for the future are (1) whether Hib and cross-reacting organisms will circulate sufficiently to provide natural reexposure, and (2) how long memory immunity will persist after vaccination without reexposure...
  17. doi Pre-admission clinical course of meningococcal disease and opportunities for the earlier start of appropriate intervention: a prospective epidemiological study on 752 patients in the Netherlands, 2003-2005
    S C de Greeff
    Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, P O Box 1, 3720 BA, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis 27:985-92. 2008
    ..Earlier recognition can be achieved when non-petechial clues are included in the diagnosis. A short duration of disease before admission is a simple tool in the recognition of patients with severe disease...
  18. ncbi Pertussis resurgence: waning immunity and pathogen adaptation - two sides of the same coin
    F R Mooi
    Laboratory for Infectious Disease, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Epidemiol Infect 142:685-94. 2014
    ..We plead for a more integrated approach to the pertussis problem which includes the characteristics of the vaccines, the B. pertussis populations and the interaction between the two...
  19. pmc Population-based Toxoplasma seroprevalence study in The Netherlands
    L M Kortbeek
    Diagnostic Laboratory for Infectious Diseases and Perinatal Screening, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, 3720 BA Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Epidemiol Infect 132:839-45. 2004
    ..2 %, 95 % CI 32.9-38.6) in the study of 1995-1996, compared to the Toxoplasma study of 1987--1988 (45.8 %, 95 % CI 45.2-46.3). The steepest rise in seroprevalence still occurred among the subjects aged 25-44 years...
  20. pmc Antibodies against mumps in The Netherlands as assessed by indirect ELISA and virus neutralization assay
    S van den Hof
    Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Epidemiol Infect 131:703-9. 2003
    ..Therefore, the indirect ELISA is a reliable method for measuring mumps virus-specific antibodies in population-based studies. However, to allow for inter-laboratory comparison, international unitage should be developed...
  21. doi High tetanus antitoxin antibody concentrations in the Netherlands: a seroepidemiological study
    Anneke Steens
    Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute of Public Health and Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Vaccine 28:7803-9. 2010
    ..Only 10% of those eligible for post-exposure prophylaxis were not sufficiently protected against tetanus...
  22. doi Prevalence of genital HPV infections and HPV serology in adolescent girls, prior to vaccination
    M Mollers
    Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Cancer Epidemiol 36:519-24. 2012
    ..Here we present baseline data on vaginal HPV-DNA status in relation to serum antibodies...
  23. doi Prevalence of hepatitis B virus infection in The Netherlands in 1996 and 2007
    S J M Hahné
    Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Epidemiol Infect 140:1469-80. 2012
    ..In FGMs, being of Asian origin was a risk factor. In second-generation migrants, having a foreign-born partner and injecting drug use were risk factors. FGMs are the main target group for secondary HBV prevention in The Netherlands...
  24. ncbi [Rubella epidemic in the Netherlands, 2004/'05: awareness of congenital rubella syndrome required]
    S J M Hahné
    Rijksinstituutvoor Volksgezondheid en Milieu, Centrum Infectieziektenbestrijding, Postbus 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven
    Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd 149:1174-8. 2005
    ..The WHO aims to reduce the incidence of congenital rubella syndrome to < 1/100,000 live births. Health-care workers in the Netherlands should be extra alert to detect and notify rubella in a timely manner...
  25. ncbi [Two pneumococcal vaccines: the 7-valent conjugate vaccine (Prevenar) for children up to the age of 5 years and the 23-valent polysaccharide vaccine (Pneumo 23) for the elderly and specific groups at risk]
    S C de Greeff
    Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu, Centrum voor Infectieziektebestrijding, Postbak 75, Postbus 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven
    Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd 151:1454-7. 2007
    ..Pharmacists should verify that the pneumococcal vaccines they hand out on prescription are recommended for the age-group of the individuals to whom the vaccine will be administered...
  26. ncbi Second national serum bank for population-based seroprevalence studies in the Netherlands
    F R M van der Klis
    Centre for Infectious Disease Control Netherlands, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, PO Box 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Neth J Med 67:301-8. 2009
    ..Results of this second serosurveillance study will contribute to the discussion whether it is needed to reconsider the schedule and/or the vaccine components of the current National Immunisation Programme...
  27. ncbi [The first effect of the national vaccination campaign against meningococcal-C disease: a rapid and sharp decrease in the number of patients]
    S C de Greeff
    Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu, Centrum voor Infectieziekten Epidemiologie, Postbus 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven
    Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd 147:1132-5. 2003
    ..To describe the initial effects of the large-scale vaccination campaign in June-July of 2002 (1-5- and 15-18-year-olds) and September-November of 2002 (6-14-year-olds) on the incidence of group-C meningococcal disease in the Netherlands...
  28. doi Assessing potential introduction of universal or targeted hepatitis A vaccination in the Netherlands
    A W M Suijkerbuijk
    Centre for Prevention and Health Services Research, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, PO Box 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Vaccine 30:5199-205. 2012
    ..However, because susceptibility to hepatitis A is increasing in the group with the highest risk of developing severe complications upon infections, careful monitoring of the epidemiology of hepatitis A remains important...
  29. ncbi Evaluation of the national immunisation programme in the Netherlands: immunity to diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella and Haemophilus influenzae type b
    H E de Melker
    Department of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, PO Box 1, Bilthoven 3720 BA, The Netherlands
    Vaccine 21:716-20. 2003
    ..Herd immunity is sufficient among the general population, but not among orthodox reformed individuals. Immunosurveillance is an efficient way to evaluate the effects of immunisation programmes and identify risk groups for infection...
  30. doi Reported adverse events in girls aged 13-16 years after vaccination with the human papillomavirus (HPV)-16/18 vaccine in the Netherlands
    T M van Klooster
    Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
    Vaccine 29:4601-7. 2011
    ..Although, girls experienced HPV vaccination as painful, no serious or unexpected adverse events were reported. The results of this survey are being communicated to health care workers and the public...