Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 4 Issue 12

December 4, 2012
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Health workers in British Columbia must be vaccinated against flu or wear a mask, new policy says

December 4, 2012

Source: BMJ 2012;345:e7860

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Date of publication: November 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: A Cochrane reviewer has accused a Canadian health chief of misquoting his work to justify a “tyrannical” policy forcing staff to be vaccinated against flu or wear a mask. Under the policy, being introduced from 1 December, health workers in British Columbia who refuse to be vaccinated must wear a mask throughout the flu season. All those who have had the vaccine will be given a distinctive badge to wear.

Length of publication: 1 page news item

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Belief not science is behind flu jab promotion, new report says

December 4, 2012

Source: BMJ 2012;345:e7856

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Date of publication: November 2012

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In a nutshell: An independent meta-analysis of vaccines against influenza has found that claims of benefit have been significantly exaggerated. The report, released last month by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, was based on a comprehensive review of data published from 1967 to 2012.

Length of publication: 1 page news item

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PCTs add unfunded work to pertussis vaccine roll-out

December 4, 2012

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: November 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: GPs should not provide pertussis vaccines for pregnant women if PCTs impose additional unfunded work, the GPC has said.

Length of publication: 1 page news item


‘Breakthrough’ meningitis B vaccine set to receive UK licence

December 4, 2012

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: November 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: A vaccine to protect children against one of the most common and deadly forms of meningitis is set to be licensed for use in the UK.

Length of publication: 1 page news item


Rotavirus vaccination to avoid ‘hundreds of thousands’ of GP visits

December 4, 2012

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: November 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: Nearly a million infants will be vaccinated against rotavirus from next year in a bid to avoid hundreds of thousands of GP and hospital visits for diarrhoea, health officials have announced.

Length of publication: 1 page news item


Safety alert issued over typhoid vaccine

December 4, 2012

Source: Nursing Times Online

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has issued a drug alert advising healthcare professionals that 16 batches of the vaccine Typhim Vi have been recalled.

Length of publication: 1 page news item

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