Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 4 Issue 4

April 20, 2012

JCVI warns public health reforms may disrupt vaccination plans

April 20, 2012

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: April 2012

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell: Government advisers have said the switch to the new public health system could disrupt vaccination plans in England.

Length of publication: 1 page news item


No increased seizure risk with childhood measles vaccines, say researchers

April 20, 2012

Source: Pulse Online

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Date of publication:April 2012

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: This study provides reassurance that MMRV and MMR+V were not associated with increased risk of febrile seizures among four to six year-olds.

Length of publication: 1 page news item


Improving Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Delivery: A National Study of Parents and Their Adolescent Sons

April 20, 2012

Source: Journal of Adolescent Health, 2012 [epub March 15th]

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: We examined parents’ and adolescents’ preferences regarding potential strategies to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates, including offering the vaccine in alternative settings, concomitant administration of vaccines, and optimizing the structure of vaccination medical visits.Offering HPV vaccine in alternative settings and administering it with other recommended adolescent vaccines may increase uptake among adolescent boys. Parents and sons may prefer HPV vaccines be administered during brief nurse visits

Length of publication: Several page article
Some importnat notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library


Flu patches may replace jabs to allow patients to self administer

April 18, 2012

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: April 2012

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell: Patches covered in tiny needles could replace current methods for delivering flu vaccines, and allow self-delivery of flu jabs, US scientists believe.

Length of publication: 1 page news item


UK health officials probe possible flu jab link to narcolepsy in children

April 18, 2012

Source: The Guardian Online

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell: British health officials are investigating cases of narcolepsy in children amid concerns that pandemic flu vaccinations lie behind a rise in the sleep disorder seen in other countries. The Health Protection Agency is gathering vaccination histories and medical data on children aged four to 18 who have been assessed for narcolepsy at sleep centres in England in the past few years.
Length of publication: 1 page news item


Glucose gives pain relief to infants undergoing immunisation

April 18, 2012

Source: Nursing Times Online

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: A dose of glucose solution given to young children immediately before vaccination reduces pain, according to a study by nurses at the University of Sydney and Jordan University of Science and Technology.

Length of publication: 1 page news item