Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 4 Issue 9

September 6, 2012

Vaccination plans raise ‘grave concerns’ from experts

September 6, 2012

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell: Immunisation experts are ‘gravely concerned’ that vaccination services will be undermined by changes to the way national schemes are managed.

Length of publication: 1 page news item


New cervical jab to be offered

September 6, 2012

Source: Nursing Times Online

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Date of publication: September 2012

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell: Girls who are returning to school this week are being encouraged to ensure they receive all three doses of the cervical cancer jab.

Length of publication: 1 page news item

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Teenagers and newborn babies in England and Wales may get pertussis jab as cases continue to rise

September 6, 2012

Source: British Medical Journal, 2012, 354: e5919

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Date of publication: 1 page news item

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell:

Teenagers may be vaccinated against pertussis after a rise of more than 1000 cases this summer in England and Wales. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is considering the move after provisional figures from the Health Protection Agency showed that 1047 cases of the disease were reported in July, bringing the total number of cases so far this year to 3523. The July figure is nearly as high as the number of reported cases in the whole of last year, 1118.

Length of publication: 1 page news item

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Vaccinating against shingles

September 6, 2012

Source: Independent Nurse, 2012, 8 (20) August

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication Type: Article

In a nutshell: Proposals to vaccinate older people against shingles could help prevent the debilitating symptoms illustrated in the following case study, writes Chris Parr

Length of publication: 1 page article

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Quantifying the efficacy of influenza vaccines

September 6, 2012

Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 2012, 12 (9) p. 656

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Date of publication: September 2012

Publication Type: Correspondence

In a nutshell: The gloomy message reported by Michael Osterholm and colleagues urges for improved monitoring of the efficacy of seasonal influenza vaccines. Their finding that influenza vaccines provide only moderate protection, which is greatly reduced or absent in some seasons, against virologically confirmed influenza, seems odd but could be predicted from rather old results that classify immunity against influenza as the so-called original antigenic sin. Only epitopes expressed on the next encountered viral strain that are shared with the first strain will evoke an immune response.

Length of publication: 1 page letter


Measles surge leads to call for back-to-school jabs

September 6, 2012

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell: Measles infections are continuing to rise and parents must ensure children have had both MMR jabs before returning to school, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has said.
Length of publication: 1 page news item