Affiliation: Health Protection Agency
- Mumps and the media: changes in the reporting of mumps in response to newspaper coverageBabatunde Olowokure
Health Protection Agency, Regional Surveillance Unit West Midlands, 9th Floor, Ladywood House, 45 Stephenson Street, Birmingham B2 4DY, UK
J Epidemiol Community Health 61:385-8. 2007..To determine the links between national newspaper coverage of mumps after a press release and increased reports of clinical mumps cases...
- What women want: convenient appointment times for cervical screening testsB Olowokure
Health Protection Agency, Regional Surveillance Unit, West Midlands, Birmingham, UK
Eur J Cancer Care (Engl) 15:489-92. 2006..Further research is required to determine whether appointment times for cervical screening can be tailored to meet these expressed needs, and the impact this has on service provision and uptake...
- Volume of print media coverage and diagnostic testing for influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus during the early phase of the 2009 pandemicB Olowokure
Health Protection Agency, Regional Epidemiology Unit, Birmingham, England, UK
J Clin Virol 55:75-8. 2012..Impact of an infectious disease on public health diagnostic health services may be affected by the volume of media coverage which can amplify risk perception and increase demand for services...
- Global surveillance for chemical incidents of international public health concernB Olowokure
Health Protection Agency Regional Surveillance Unit West Midlands, Regional Epidemiology Unit, Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, England
Bull World Health Organ 83:928-34. 2005..This report describes the frequency, nature and geographical location of acute chemical incidents of potential international concern from August 2002 to December 2003...
- An enquiry into the respiratory health effects on a rural community of a soil mound erected close to residential propertyB Olowokure
Department of Public Health and Health Policy, South Staffordshire Health Authority, Stafford, South Staffordshire, UK
Public Health 119:217-22. 2005..We identified a significant increase in respiratory consultations in the exposed population following erection of the soil mound. Limitations associated with this type of study should be considered when interpreting the results...
- Response patterns to a postal survey using a cervical screening register as the sampling frameB Olowokure
Department of Public Health and Health Strategy, South Staffordshire Health Authority, Stafford, PHLS CDSC West Midlands, 2nd Floor Lincoln House, Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham B9 5SS, UK
Public Health 118:508-12. 2004..030) than late respondents. These results suggest that consideration should be given to factors other than sociodemographic differences when examining response patterns to postal surveys...
- Influence of material deprivation on hospital admissions for gynaecologic infectionsB Olowokure
Health Protection Agency West Midlands Regional Epidemiology Unit, Heartlands Hospital, 2nd Floor Lincoln House, Birmingham, B9 5SS, UK
Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis 23:535-8. 2004..Preventive measures together with earlier diagnostic, treatment, and referral procedures are required to reduce morbidity...
- Geographic and socioeconomic variation in meningococcal disease: a rural/urban comparisonBabatunde Olowokure
Shropshire Health Protection Unit, William Farr House, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY3 8XL, UK
J Infect 52:61-6. 2006..To examine the incidence of meningococcal disease in a defined geographic area and relate this to rural/urban residence and material deprivation...
- Immunization with Haemophilus influenzae (Hib) conjugate vaccine following discharge from hospitalB Olowokure
Public Health Laboratory Service Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, 2nd Floor Lincoln House, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham B9 5SS, UK
Infection 31:324-6. 2003....
- Ethnic differences in invasive Haemophilus influenzae disease in the West Midlands region of England, UKB Olowokure
Department of Public Health, South Staffordshire Health Authority, Stafford, England, UK
Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis 21:65-6. 2002
- A survey of the preparedness for an influenza pandemic of general practitioners in the West Midlands, UKM Beaumont
Shropshire and Staffordshire Health Protection Unit, Mellor House, Corporation Street, Stafford, ST16 3SR, UK
Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis 26:819-23. 2007..The results of this paper can be used to inform and influence public health policy and as evidence of a need to provide additional education and training to improve pandemic preparedness among GPs, in particular those in non-urban areas...
- Information given to women invited for cervical screening: results of two postal surveys seven years apartH V Duggal
Department of Public Health and Health Strategy, South Staffordshire Health Authority, Stafford, United Kingdom
Int J Gynecol Cancer 15:267-72. 2005..0001). Bivariate analysis suggests that responses were age related, with older women (> or =45 years) experiencing poorer information provision. The issues highlighted by this study deserve further investigation in other areas...
- The knowledge of healthcare professionals with regard to the treatment and prevention of head liceB Olowokure
Department of Public Health and Health Strategy, South Staffordshire Health Authority, Stafford, UK
Int J Environ Health Res 13:11-5. 2003..5%, P <0.00001). In conclusion, the results of this study suggest that healthcare professionals' knowledge of control methods for head lice varies widely and is sub-optimal and may contribute to ineffective head lice control...
- Trends in sexually transmitted infections (other than HIV) in older people: analysis of data from an enhanced surveillance systemA T Bodley-Tickell
Health Protection Agency West Midlands, Regional Surveillance Unit, Birmingham, UK
Sex Transm Infect 84:312-7. 2008..This study examines the distribution of selected sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in older people (aged >/=45 years) attending genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics in the West Midlands, UK...
- Absenteeism in schools during the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic: a useful tool for early detection of influenza activity in the community?E O Kara
Health Protection Agency West Midlands Regional Epidemiology Unit, Birmingham, UK
Epidemiol Infect 140:1328-36. 2012..Weekly school absenteeism surveillance would not have detected pandemic influenza A(H1N1) earlier but daily absenteeism data and the development of baselines could improve the timeliness of the system...
- Investigating a cluster of Legionnaires' cases: public health implicationsR Carr
Health Protection Agency, Shropshire and Staffordshire Health Protection Unit, Shropshire, UK
Public Health 124:326-31. 2010..To describe the multidisciplinary investigation and management of a rapidly increasing number of cases of Legionnaires' disease in the North Shropshire area, UK during August 2006...
- The international follow-up of individuals potentially exposed to polonium-210 in London 2006K Shaw
Health Protection Agency, Regional Epidemiology Unit South East, London, UK
Public Health 124:319-25. 2010..This paper describes the UK Health Protection Agency's follow-up and assessment of individuals resident overseas who were potentially exposed to (210)Po...
- Challenges and lessons learned from implementing a risk-based approach to school advice and closure during the containment phase of the 2009 influenza pandemic in the West Midlands, EnglandA Awofisayo
Health Protection Agency West Midlands, Birmingham, UK
Public Health 127:637-43. 2013..The objective of this paper is to describe the use of a risk-based approach to public health interventions for schools during the 'containment phase' of the pandemic and to describe lessons learnt...
- Lessons learned from handling a large rural outbreak of Legionnaires' disease: Hereford, UK 2003David Kirrage
Health Protection Agency, Hereford and Worcestershire Health Protection Unit, UK
Respir Med 101:1645-51. 2007..A number of these lessons have a generic applicability to the handling of public health incidents...
- Investigation of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease: Hereford, UK 2003David Kirrage
Health Protection Agency, Hereford and Worcestershire Health Protection Unit, Issac Maddox House, Shrub Hill Road, Worcester WR4 9RW, UK
Respir Med 101:1639-44. 2007..This study illustrates the continuing importance of cooling towers as a source of Legionnaires' disease and the utility of obtaining and comparing both clinical and environmental samples...
- University undergraduates' knowledge of chlamydia screening services and chlamydia infection following the introduction of a National Chlamydia Screening ProgrammeAnna Greaves
School of Medicine, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care 14:61-8. 2009..To determine knowledge of sexually transmitted chlamydia infection among university undergraduates following the introduction of a National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP)...
- Age, sex, material deprivation and respiratory mortalityRachel Jordan
Health Protection Agency, Regional Surveillance Unit West Midlands, 2nd Floor Lincoln House, Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham B9 5SS, UK
Respir Med 100:1282-5. 2006....
- Effect of social factors on winter hospital admission for respiratory disease: a case-control study of older people in the UKRachel E Jordan
Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham
Br J Gen Pract 58:400-2. 2008..Every winter, hospitals in the UK and other developed countries experience a surge in respiratory admissions. Ecological studies suggest that social circumstances may be an important determinant...
- Invasive Haemophilus influenzae disease: an ecological study of sociodemographic risk factors before and after the introduction of Hib conjugate vaccineBabatunde Olowokure
Section of Child Health, School of Postgraduate Medicine, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Eur J Epidemiol 18:363-7. 2003..Our results may have implications for current and future vaccine strategies...
- Social deprivation and hospital admission for respiratory infection: an ecological studyJeremy I Hawker
Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
Respir Med 97:1219-24. 2003..To examine the relationship between social deprivation and risk of hospital admission for respiratory infection...
- Widening inequalities in MMR vaccine uptake rates among ethnic groups in an urban area of the UK during a period of vaccine controversy (1994-2000)Jeremy I Hawker
Health Protection Agency, Ladywood House, Birmingham B2 4DY, UK
Vaccine 25:7516-9. 2007..1% in 1994 (p=ns) to 6.8% in 2000 (p<0.001). This study suggests underlying ethnic inequalities in MMR vaccine uptake and differential response to adverse vaccine publicity...
- Body temperature monitoring and SARS fever hotline, TaiwanS Cornelia Kaydos-Daniels
West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Charleston, 25301, USA
Emerg Infect Dis 10:373-6. 2004..Among 1,966 calls, fever was recorded in 19% (n = 378); 18 persons at high risk for SARS were identified. In a cross-sectional telephone survey, 95% (n = 1,060) of households knew about the campaign and 7 households reported fever...
- Vaccinating healthcare workers against influenza to protect the vulnerable--is it a good use of healthcare resources? A systematic review of the evidence and an economic evaluationAmanda Burls
West Midlands Health Technology Assessment Collaboration, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
Vaccine 24:4212-21. 2006..In the base case, vaccination was cost saving (pounds 12/vaccinee). In the most pessimistic scenario it cost pounds 405/life-year gained. Effective implementation should be a priority...
- Material deprivation, hospitalisation and adverse events temporally associated with immunisationBabatunde Olowokure
Vaccine 22:1842-4. 2004..91, 95% CI 2.69-12.29). Further research is required to determine the contribution of healthcare providers and parents to this health differential...
- Comparing the information experience of women invited for cervical screening for the first time in 1994 with 2001Harsh V Duggal
Department of Public Health and Health Strategy, South Staffordshire Health Authority, Stafford, West Midlands, UK
Eur J Epidemiol 19:433-5. 2004..Negative information experiences may influence attendance...
- Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS): reshaping global public healthBabatunde Olowokure
Public Health 120:3-5. 2006
- Rumor surveillance and avian influenza H5N1Gina Samaan
Western Pacific Regional Office of the World Health Organization, Manila, Philippines
Emerg Infect Dis 11:463-6. 2005..The World Health Organization's Western Pacific Regional Office identified 40 rumors; 9 were verified to be true. Rumor surveillance informed immediate public health action and prevented unnecessary and costly responses...