The Use of Test-negative Controls to Monitor Vaccine Effectiveness: A Systematic Review of Methodology

Conclusions: Our review highlights similarities and differences in the application of the test-negative design that deserve further examination. If vaccination reduces disease severity in breakthrough infections, particular care must be taken in interpreting vaccine effectiveness estimates from test-negative design studies.
Source: Epidemiology - Category: Epidemiology Tags: Methods Source Type: research

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Source: Vaccine - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Vaccine Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
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Source: Vaccine - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Vaccine Source Type: research
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