Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 4 Issue 3

March 13, 2012
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DH blamed as UK-wide shingles jab is delayed

March 13, 2012

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell: UK-wide shingles vaccination has been put back years because the DH has not negotiated supply of the vaccine ahead of other countries, GP has learned. In 2010 the DH announced that all 4.5m people in the UK aged 70-79 would be offered shingles vaccination, provided a licensed vaccine can be obtained at a reasonable cost. The shingles vaccine Zostavax has been licensed in the UK since 2006, but was only made available last week, on a private-prescription basis. Supply problems have limited availability of the vaccine because the virus its uses is complicated to grow on the scale needed for vaccine production.
Length of publication: 1 page news item


Media induced anti-vaccination sentiment can even affect health workers, vaccine researcher says

March 13, 2012

Source: British Medical Journal, 2012, 344 p. e1563

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell: Opposition to vaccination, which has been induced in large part by media scare stories, extends even to healthcare workers, a vaccine expert and co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine told a research meeting this week. “It is very easy to scare people, it is much harder to unscare them,” he commented. He believes the media play an important role in the current wave of anti-vaccination sentiment, in large part because they do not understand science.
Length of publication: 1 page news item


Vaccine developed to protect against norovirus or ‘winter vomiting bug’

March 13, 2012

Source: The Guardian Online

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell: A vaccine for norovirus, which is highly infectious and is difficult to kill by cleaning, could be availabe within five years

Length of publication: 1 page news item


Trust looked at compulsory flu jabs for staff

March 13, 2012

Source: Nursing Times Online

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell: A foundation trust considered whether the flu jab could be made compulsory for staff, Nursing Times can reveal.

Length of publication: 1 page news item


Better flu jab education needed for healthcare staff

March 12, 2012

Source: Nursing Times Online

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: Healthcare professionals are driven to get the flu jab if they believe it works, over and above a concern to protect patients from infection.

Length of publication: 1 page news item


Boys should be included in the HPV vaccination programme

March 12, 2012

Source: British Journal of School Nursing, 2012, 7 (2) p. 60-62

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication Type: Comment

In a nutshell: The principal aim of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme is to help reduce the incidence of cervical cancer in women by vaccinating girls and young women. The vaccination programme is voluntary and not mandatory.

Length of publication: 2 page article