Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 3 Issue 5

May 16, 2011

Adolescent immunisation: the next big thing?

May 16, 2011

Source: Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2011 Jun;96(6):497-9. Epub 2010 Jul 6.

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Date of publication: May 2011

Publication Type: Editorial

In a nutshell: Introduction: The recent introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine into the routine immunisation schedule for girls in the UK has reaffirmed the possibility of widespread adolescent immunisation, assuming appropriate prior consultation and resource allocation. On the back of this success, it is timely to consider the case for extending the programme of school-based adolescent immunisations to include the provision of both additional primary immunisations as well as important booster doses of vaccines given earlier in childhood. Such a programme, if well designed, would ensure that individual protection from vaccine preventable disease was maximised prior to school leaving and, of equal importance in some cases, that herd immunity was sustained more effectively in the population as a whole. The possible contents of a re-invigorated adolescent immunisation programme are discussed considering those vaccines which are already available and for which cost-benefit calculation may therefore be of prime importance, as well as vaccines which may become available in the future and for which the issues may be more complicated. The importance of providing balanced, accurate, appropriate and accessible information regarding adolescent immunisation is also highlighted.

Length of publication: 3-page article


Measles outbreak warning as cases rise in Europe and UK

May 16, 2011

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: May 2011

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell: In the 1990s, experts thought they were close to eliminating measles for good. But now the World Health Organization (WHO) has put back its target date for getting rid of the disease to 2015. But even that seems unlikely. The reason? A measles outbreak which is spreading across Europe, affecting France, Belgium, Germany and Romania – and now the UK.

Length of publication: 1 page news-item


Diagnosing and managing mumps

May 13, 2011

Source: Independent Nurse, 02 May 2011

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Date of publication: May 2011

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Despite the MMR vaccine programme and a dip in cases, mumps still occurs in non-immunised children and young peeple, writes Dr Jean Watkins

Length of publication: 1-page article


Advising travellers on vaccine-preventable diseases

May 13, 2011

Source: Practice Nursing, Vol. 22, Iss. 5, 04 May 2011, pp 242 – 249

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Date of publication: May 2011

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Margaret Umeed provides an overview of some of the key aspects of advice to offer travellers on how to reduce the risk of illness abroad through vaccination.

Length of publication: 5-page article


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May 13, 2011

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