Australia’s active hospital-based surveillance for severe childhood disease


Principal investigator 

Associate Professor Jim Buttery

Intussusception is the most common cause of bowel obstruction in infants and young children and was associated with a previous rotavirus vaccine in the USA which was withdrawn in 1999. Timely, active and systematic surveillance of intussusception cases is important and has identified a temporal but low incidence association with the rotavirus vaccines currently available under the National Immunisation Program (since July 2007). Surveillance also aims to describe the epidemiology, aetiology and severity of intussusception. Surveillance of intussusception is currently paused.