Dr Leon Heron

Senior Lecturer
Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead
National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (NCIRS)

Telephone 9845 1410

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Selected grants

2009

  • An Unblinded randomized study of influenza A/H1N1 09 resistance to oseltamivir and zanamivir; Booy R, Dwyer D, Elliott E, Heron L; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Special Call Research On H1N1 Influenza.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Dierig, A., Heron, L., Lambert, S., Yin, K., Leask, J., Chow, M., Sloots, T., Nissen, M., Ridda, I., Booy, R. (2014). Epidemiology of respiratory viral infections in children enrolled in a study of influenza vaccine effectiveness. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 8(3), 293-301. [More Information]
  • Rashid, H., Azeem, M., Heron, L., Haworth, E., Booy, R., Memish, Z. (2014). Has Hajj-associated MERS-CoV transmission occurred? The case for effective post-Hajj surveillance for infection. Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 20(4), 273-276. [More Information]
  • Chow, M., Morrow, A., Heron, L., Yin, K., Booy, R., Leask, J. (2014). Quality of life for parents of children with influenza-like illness: development and validation of Care-ILI-QoL. Quality of Life Research, 23(3), 939-951. [More Information]
  • Chow, M., Yin, K., Heron, L., Morrow, A., Dierig, A., Booy, R., Leask, J. (2014). The impact of influenza-like illness in young children on their parents: A quality of life survey. Quality of Life Research, 23(5), 1651-1660. [More Information]
  • Khandaker, G., Heron, L., Rashid, H., Li-Kim-Moy, J., Lester-Smith, D., Kesson, A., McCaskill, M., Jones, C., Zurynski, Y., Elliott, E., Dwyer, D., Booy, R. (2013). Comparing the use of, and considering the need for, lumbar puncture in children with influenza or other respiratory virus infections. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 7(6), 932-937. [More Information]
  • Yin, J., Salkeld, G., Lambert, S., Dierig, A., Heron, L., Leask, J., Chow, M., Booy, R. (2013). Estimates and determinants of economic impacts from influenza-like illnesses caused by respiratory viruses in Australian children attending childcare: a cohort study. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 7(6), 1103-1112. [More Information]
  • Tashani, M., Rashid, H., Ridda, I., Heron, L., Memish, Z., Haworth, E., Booy, R. (2013). Oseltamivir for Control of Influenza at Mass Gatherings. Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets, 13(1), 46-52. [More Information]
  • Yin, K., Heron, L., Salkeld, G., Rashid, H., Booy, R. (2013). Oseltamivir use in adolescents and adults: clinical and economic considerations. Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets, 13(1), 53-58. [More Information]
  • Lambert, S., Chuk, L., Nissen, M., Nolan, T., McVernon, J., Booy, R., Heron, L., Richmond, P., Walls, T., Marshall, H., et al (2013). Safety and tolerability of a 2009 trivalent inactivated split-virion influenza vaccine in infants, children and adolescents. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 7(5), 676-685. [More Information]
  • Booy, R., Richmond, P., Nolan, T., McVernon, J., Marshall, H., Nissen, M., Reynolds, G., Ziegler, J., Stoney, T., Heron, L., et al (2013). Three-Year Antibody Persistence and Safety After a Single Dose of Combined Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib)-Neisseria meningitidis Serogroup C-Tetanus Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine in Hib-Primed Toddlers. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 32(2), 169-174. [More Information]
  • Yin, K., Salkeld, G., Heron, L., Booy, R. (2012). How to better inform the decision making about universal influenza vaccination in children. Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 7(2), 69-73. [More Information]
  • Yin, K., Chow, M., Khandaker, G., King, C., Richmond, P., Heron, L., Booy, R. (2012). Impacts on influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 infection from cross-protection of seasonal trivalent influenza vaccines and A(H1N1)pdm09 vaccines: Systematic review and meta-analyses. Vaccine, 30(21), 3209-3222. [More Information]
  • Khandaker, G., Zurynski, Y., Buttery, J., Marshall, H., Richmond, P., Dale, R., Royle, J., Gold, M., Snelling, T., Whitehead, B., Jones, C., Heron, L., Macartney, K., Elliott, E., Booy, R., et al (2012). Neurologic complications of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09: Surveillance in 6 pediatric hospitals. Neurology, 79(14), 1474-1481. [More Information]
  • Booy, R., Lindley, R., Dwyer, D., Yin, K., Heron, L., Moffatt, C., Chiu, C., Rosewell, A., Dean, A., Dobbins, T., et al (2012). Treating and preventing influenza in aged care facilities: a cluster randomised controlled trial. PLoS One, 7(10), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Rashid, H., Booy, R., Heron, L., Memish, Z., Nguyen-Van-Tam, J., Barasheed, O., Haworth, E. (2012). Unmasking masks in Makkah: preventing influenza at Hajj. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 54(1), 151-153. [More Information]
  • Khandaker, G., Zurynski, Y., Lester-Smith, D., Kesson, A., Heron, L., Dwyer, D., Elliott, E., Booy, R. (2011). Clinical features, oseltamivir treatment and outcome in infants aged <12 months with laboratory-confirmed influenza A in 2009. Antiviral Therapy, 16(7), 1005-1010. [More Information]
  • Booy, R., Khandaker, G., Heron, L., Yin, J., Doyle, B., Tudo, K., Hueston, L., Gilbert, G., MacIntyre, C., Dwyer, D. (2011). Cross-reacting antibodies against the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza virus in older Australians. Medical Journal of Australia, 194(1), 19-23. [More Information]
  • Booy, R., Richmond, P., Nolan, T., McVernon, J., Marshall, H., Nissen, M., Reynolds, G., Ziegler, J., Heron, L., Lambert, S., et al (2011). Immediate and longer term immunogenicity of a single dose of the combined haemophilus influenzae type B-Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C-tetanus toxoid conjugate vaccine in primed toddlers 12 to 18 months of age. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 30(4), 340-342. [More Information]
  • Yin, K., Khandaker, G., Rashid, H., Heron, L., Ridda, I., Booy, R. (2011). Immunogenicity and safety of pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009 vaccine: systematic review and meta-analysis. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 5(5), 299-305. [More Information]
  • Yin, K., Lahra, M., Iskander, M., Lambert, S., Heron, L., Nissen, M., Rost, L., Murphy, J., Sloots, T., Booy, R. (2011). Pilot study of influenza vaccine effectiveness in urban Australian children attending childcare. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 47(12), 857-862. [More Information]
  • Khandaker, G., Dierig, A., Rashid, H., King, C., Heron, L., Booy, R. (2011). Systematic review of clinical and epidemiological features of the pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 5(3), 148-156. [More Information]
  • Nolan, T., McVernon, J., Skeljo, M., Richmond, P., Wadia, U., Lambert, S., Nissen, M., Marshall, H., Booy, R., Heron, L., et al (2010). Immunogenicity of a Monovalent 2009 Influenza A(H1N1) Vaccine in Infants and Children: A Randomized Trial. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 303(1), 37-46. [More Information]
  • Kirk, M., Moffatt, C., Hall, G., Becker, N., Booy, R., Heron, L., MacIntyre, R., Dwyer, D., Lindley, R. (2010). The Burden of Infectious Gastroenteritis in Elderly Residents and Staff of Long-Term Care Facilities, Australia. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 31(8), 860-863. [More Information]
  • Wiseman, E., Fraser, M., Holden, S., Glass, A., Kidson, B., Heron, L., Maley, M., Ayers, A., Locarnini, S., Levy, M. (2009). Perinatal transmission of hepatitis B virus: an Australian experience. Medical Journal of Australia, 190(9), 489-492. [More Information]
  • Muscatello, D., Cretikos, M., Bartlett, M., Churches, T., Carter, I., Eastwood, K., Heron, L., McPhie, K. (2006). Planning for pandemic influenza surveillance in NSW. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 17, 146-149. [More Information]

2014

  • Dierig, A., Heron, L., Lambert, S., Yin, K., Leask, J., Chow, M., Sloots, T., Nissen, M., Ridda, I., Booy, R. (2014). Epidemiology of respiratory viral infections in children enrolled in a study of influenza vaccine effectiveness. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 8(3), 293-301. [More Information]
  • Rashid, H., Azeem, M., Heron, L., Haworth, E., Booy, R., Memish, Z. (2014). Has Hajj-associated MERS-CoV transmission occurred? The case for effective post-Hajj surveillance for infection. Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 20(4), 273-276. [More Information]
  • Chow, M., Morrow, A., Heron, L., Yin, K., Booy, R., Leask, J. (2014). Quality of life for parents of children with influenza-like illness: development and validation of Care-ILI-QoL. Quality of Life Research, 23(3), 939-951. [More Information]
  • Chow, M., Yin, K., Heron, L., Morrow, A., Dierig, A., Booy, R., Leask, J. (2014). The impact of influenza-like illness in young children on their parents: A quality of life survey. Quality of Life Research, 23(5), 1651-1660. [More Information]

2013

  • Khandaker, G., Heron, L., Rashid, H., Li-Kim-Moy, J., Lester-Smith, D., Kesson, A., McCaskill, M., Jones, C., Zurynski, Y., Elliott, E., Dwyer, D., Booy, R. (2013). Comparing the use of, and considering the need for, lumbar puncture in children with influenza or other respiratory virus infections. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 7(6), 932-937. [More Information]
  • Yin, J., Salkeld, G., Lambert, S., Dierig, A., Heron, L., Leask, J., Chow, M., Booy, R. (2013). Estimates and determinants of economic impacts from influenza-like illnesses caused by respiratory viruses in Australian children attending childcare: a cohort study. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 7(6), 1103-1112. [More Information]
  • Tashani, M., Rashid, H., Ridda, I., Heron, L., Memish, Z., Haworth, E., Booy, R. (2013). Oseltamivir for Control of Influenza at Mass Gatherings. Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets, 13(1), 46-52. [More Information]
  • Yin, K., Heron, L., Salkeld, G., Rashid, H., Booy, R. (2013). Oseltamivir use in adolescents and adults: clinical and economic considerations. Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets, 13(1), 53-58. [More Information]
  • Lambert, S., Chuk, L., Nissen, M., Nolan, T., McVernon, J., Booy, R., Heron, L., Richmond, P., Walls, T., Marshall, H., et al (2013). Safety and tolerability of a 2009 trivalent inactivated split-virion influenza vaccine in infants, children and adolescents. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 7(5), 676-685. [More Information]
  • Booy, R., Richmond, P., Nolan, T., McVernon, J., Marshall, H., Nissen, M., Reynolds, G., Ziegler, J., Stoney, T., Heron, L., et al (2013). Three-Year Antibody Persistence and Safety After a Single Dose of Combined Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib)-Neisseria meningitidis Serogroup C-Tetanus Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine in Hib-Primed Toddlers. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 32(2), 169-174. [More Information]

2012

  • Yin, K., Salkeld, G., Heron, L., Booy, R. (2012). How to better inform the decision making about universal influenza vaccination in children. Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 7(2), 69-73. [More Information]
  • Yin, K., Chow, M., Khandaker, G., King, C., Richmond, P., Heron, L., Booy, R. (2012). Impacts on influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 infection from cross-protection of seasonal trivalent influenza vaccines and A(H1N1)pdm09 vaccines: Systematic review and meta-analyses. Vaccine, 30(21), 3209-3222. [More Information]
  • Khandaker, G., Zurynski, Y., Buttery, J., Marshall, H., Richmond, P., Dale, R., Royle, J., Gold, M., Snelling, T., Whitehead, B., Jones, C., Heron, L., Macartney, K., Elliott, E., Booy, R., et al (2012). Neurologic complications of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09: Surveillance in 6 pediatric hospitals. Neurology, 79(14), 1474-1481. [More Information]
  • Booy, R., Lindley, R., Dwyer, D., Yin, K., Heron, L., Moffatt, C., Chiu, C., Rosewell, A., Dean, A., Dobbins, T., et al (2012). Treating and preventing influenza in aged care facilities: a cluster randomised controlled trial. PLoS One, 7(10), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Rashid, H., Booy, R., Heron, L., Memish, Z., Nguyen-Van-Tam, J., Barasheed, O., Haworth, E. (2012). Unmasking masks in Makkah: preventing influenza at Hajj. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 54(1), 151-153. [More Information]

2011

  • Khandaker, G., Zurynski, Y., Lester-Smith, D., Kesson, A., Heron, L., Dwyer, D., Elliott, E., Booy, R. (2011). Clinical features, oseltamivir treatment and outcome in infants aged <12 months with laboratory-confirmed influenza A in 2009. Antiviral Therapy, 16(7), 1005-1010. [More Information]
  • Booy, R., Khandaker, G., Heron, L., Yin, J., Doyle, B., Tudo, K., Hueston, L., Gilbert, G., MacIntyre, C., Dwyer, D. (2011). Cross-reacting antibodies against the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza virus in older Australians. Medical Journal of Australia, 194(1), 19-23. [More Information]
  • Booy, R., Richmond, P., Nolan, T., McVernon, J., Marshall, H., Nissen, M., Reynolds, G., Ziegler, J., Heron, L., Lambert, S., et al (2011). Immediate and longer term immunogenicity of a single dose of the combined haemophilus influenzae type B-Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C-tetanus toxoid conjugate vaccine in primed toddlers 12 to 18 months of age. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 30(4), 340-342. [More Information]
  • Yin, K., Khandaker, G., Rashid, H., Heron, L., Ridda, I., Booy, R. (2011). Immunogenicity and safety of pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009 vaccine: systematic review and meta-analysis. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 5(5), 299-305. [More Information]
  • Yin, K., Lahra, M., Iskander, M., Lambert, S., Heron, L., Nissen, M., Rost, L., Murphy, J., Sloots, T., Booy, R. (2011). Pilot study of influenza vaccine effectiveness in urban Australian children attending childcare. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 47(12), 857-862. [More Information]
  • Khandaker, G., Dierig, A., Rashid, H., King, C., Heron, L., Booy, R. (2011). Systematic review of clinical and epidemiological features of the pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 5(3), 148-156. [More Information]

2010

  • Nolan, T., McVernon, J., Skeljo, M., Richmond, P., Wadia, U., Lambert, S., Nissen, M., Marshall, H., Booy, R., Heron, L., et al (2010). Immunogenicity of a Monovalent 2009 Influenza A(H1N1) Vaccine in Infants and Children: A Randomized Trial. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 303(1), 37-46. [More Information]
  • Kirk, M., Moffatt, C., Hall, G., Becker, N., Booy, R., Heron, L., MacIntyre, R., Dwyer, D., Lindley, R. (2010). The Burden of Infectious Gastroenteritis in Elderly Residents and Staff of Long-Term Care Facilities, Australia. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 31(8), 860-863. [More Information]

2009

  • Wiseman, E., Fraser, M., Holden, S., Glass, A., Kidson, B., Heron, L., Maley, M., Ayers, A., Locarnini, S., Levy, M. (2009). Perinatal transmission of hepatitis B virus: an Australian experience. Medical Journal of Australia, 190(9), 489-492. [More Information]

2006

  • Muscatello, D., Cretikos, M., Bartlett, M., Churches, T., Carter, I., Eastwood, K., Heron, L., McPhie, K. (2006). Planning for pandemic influenza surveillance in NSW. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 17, 146-149. [More Information]

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