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One in five Indigenous infants are hospitalised with acute lower respiratory infection (ALRI) in their first year of life. Recent international studies suggest an association between vitamin D deficiency and ALRI despite adequate sun exposure. This study will be the first to characterise vitamin D levels in Indigenous children and investigate the association between vitamin D deficiency and ALRI in this population. The results of this work could have implications for prevention strategies involving vitamin D supplementation for ALRIs.
The primary aim of the study is to determine if vitamin D insufficiency in cord blood is associated with a higher risk of hospitalisation for ALRI during the first year of life.
The secondary aims of the study are:
Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research
Child Health Division
Respiratory and Ear Health Teams
Menzies School of Health Research
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