Communicating with parents about vaccination: a framework for healthcare professionals

November 21, 2012

Source: BMC Pediatrics 2012, 12: 54

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Date of publication: September 2012

Publication Type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Health professionals have a central role in maintaining public trustin vaccination, including addressing parents’ concerns. These recommendations are tailored to specific parental positions on vaccination and provide a structured approach to assist professionals. They advocate respectful interactions that aim to guide parents towards quality decisions.

Length of publication: 11 page article


The importance of influenza vaccination for nurses and midwives

November 21, 2012

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication Type: Letter & evidence

In a nutshell: Every year influenza vaccination is offered to NHS staff as a way to reduce the risk of staff and patients contracting and transmitting the virus. Vaccine uptake across NHS organisations varies from below 10% to above 90% with a national uptake of 45% (2011/12). This document summarises the evidence showing why vaccination of healthcare workers is important.

Length of publication: 6 pages


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November 21, 2012

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Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 4 Issue 11

November 6, 2012

Flu jab shortage prompts emergency

November 6, 2012

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication Type:  News item

In a nutshell: Local shortages of flu vaccines are affecting some GP practices in England following disruption to supplies from one manufacturer, and GPs have contacted the DH about its emergency reserve.

Length of publication: 1 page news item


Seasonal influenza immunization in early infancy?

November 6, 2012

Source: BMC Public Health, 2012; 12: 873

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication Type: Commentary

In a nutshell: The efficacy and the effectiveness of influenza vaccines in people of all ages are lower than believed and widely questionated among health operators and lay people worldwide. The majority of countries continues to apply World Health Organization recommendations that suggest vaccinating only children older than 6 months of age, and with certain chronic coexisting conditions. Based on scant evidence of efficacy any attempt to suggest immunizing infants less than 6 months of age against seasonal influenza would be arbitrary and unethical.

Length of publication: 9 page commentary


HPV vaccine not linked to sexual promiscuity in girls, study finds

November 6, 2012

Source: Guardian Online

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: First study of its kind to compare records of vaccinated and unvaccinated girls finds no link to change in sexual behaviour

Length of publication: 1 page news item