School nurses’ experiences of delivering the UK HPV vaccination programme in its first year

August 31, 2011

Source: BMC Infectious Diseases, 2011 Aug 24;11(1):226

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Date of publication: August 2011

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Background: In the United Kingdom (UK) in September 2008, school nurses began delivering the HPV immunisation programme for girls aged 12 and 13 years old. This study offers insights from school nurses’ perspectives and experiences of delivering this new vaccination programme. Conclusion: Overall the first year of the implementation of the HPV vaccination programme in the UK has exceeded school nurses’ expectations and some of its success may be attributed to the school nurses’ commitment to the programme.

Length of publication: 31-page article

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Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination in a child with suspected egg allergy

August 31, 2011

Source: British Medical Journal, 2011 Aug 3;343:d4536. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d4536

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Date of publication: Augsut 2011

Publication Type: 10-Minute Consultation

In a nutshell: A mother presents with her 12 month old son requesting testing for an egg allergy before the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination; his older sister has a severe egg allergy. What should you do?

Length of publication: 2-page article


Hepatitis B transmission event in an English prison and the importance of immunization

August 31, 2011

Source: Journal of Public Health, 2011 Jun;33(2):193-6

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Date of publication: June 2011

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Immunization against hepatitis B virus (HBV) is recommended for all sentenced prisoners and all new entrants to prison in the UK. In November 2008, acute hepatitis B was confirmed serologically in a 27-year-old man (Case 1) who had been incarcerated since February 2007. The cell mate of Case 1, a 26-year-old man was an established HBV carrier. A home-made tattoo gun was confiscated from their prison cell. In the absence of other clearly identifiable risk behaviours, tattooing was deemed to be a possible route of HBV transmission. Transmission of hepatitis B in a prison setting is a real concern and this report highlights the importance of immunizing prisoners against hepatitis B and should encourage health professionals to communicate the benefits of immunization to inmates to increase vaccine uptake.

Length of publication: 4-page article


A brief guide to human papillomavirus vaccination

August 31, 2011

Source: Practice Nursing, 2011 Aug; 22(8): 410 – 415

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Date of publication: August 2011

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Tracey Lamming and Gail Beckett review the implementation of the HPV immunization programme to date and discuss some key aspects.

Length of publication: 6-page article


Attitudes to HPV vaccination among mothers in the British Jewish community: Reasons for accepting or declining the vaccine

August 31, 2011

Source: Vaccine, 2011 Jul 30. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: July 2011

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Objective: This study aimed to explore attitudes to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and reasons for accepting or declining the vaccine in the British Jewish community. Results: HPV and cervical cancer knowledge varied, with poor knowledge attributed to lack of contact with the disease. Although mothers thought HPV vaccination was a good idea in general, many did not perceive it as necessary for their daughter, citing Jewish religious laws governing family purity and abstinence until marriage as reasons for daughter’s low susceptibility. Conclusion: Attitudes to HPV vaccine in religious communities may lead to reduced vaccine coverage. The development of community-specific information about the importance of the vaccine may help address concerns.

Length of publication: Unknown


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