Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 5 Issue 4

April 30, 2013
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Largest group of children affected by measles outbreak in Wales is 10-18 year olds

April 22, 2013

Source: British Medical Journal, BMJ 2013;346:f2545

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: The United Kingdom is likely to see more outbreaks of measles as the cohort of children who missed routine vaccination because of safety concerns move into secondary schools, doctors said this week. Although children of all ages are being affected by the Swansea outbreak, the highest numbers of cases are being seen in those aged between 10 and 18 years. A targeted MMR catch-up campaign has started in schools in the area, and drop-in vaccination clinics have been set up.

Length of publication: 1-page news story


Measles outbreak in London ‘inevitable’ as practices urged to prepare

April 22, 2013

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication Type: News 

In a nutshell: LMCs have warned GPs in London to prepare for the ‘inevitable’ arrival of the measles outbreak in the capital and warned it could kill hundreds.

Length of publication: 1-page news story


Genital warts in young Australians five years into national human papillomavirus vaccination programme: national surveillance data

April 22, 2013

Source: British Medical Journal, BMJ 2013;346:f2032

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication Type: Article

In a nutshell: Objective: To measure the effect on genital warts of the national human papillomavirus vaccination programme in Australia, which started in mid-2007… Conclusions: The significant declines in the proportion of young women found to have genital warts and the absence of genital warts in vaccinated women in 2011 suggests that the human papillomavirus vaccine has a high efficacy outside of the trial setting. Large declines in diagnoses of genital warts in heterosexual men are probably due to herd immunity.

Length of publication: 9-page article

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A million children at risk of measles, doctors warn

April 22, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: More than a million schoolchildren could be susceptible to measles due to the MMR vaccine scare, warn child health doctors in the UK. They say a generation of unprotected children are now in secondary school, where they are at greater risk.

Length of publication: 1-page news story


Rotavirus vaccine: a welcome addition to the immunisation schedule in the UK

April 19, 2013

Source: British Medical Journal, BMJ 2013;346:f2347

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication Type: Editorial

In a nutshell: The introduction of rotavirus vaccination in the UK is expected to result in substantial health benefits to vaccinated children and to the wider population. There is also expected to be a reduction in the burden of nosocomial rotavirus infection. The impact will be most pronounced in the winter months, when many seasonal infections are at their peak and pressures on the NHS are greatest…

Length of publication: 2-page article


Herpes Zoster Vaccine Effectiveness against Incident Herpes Zoster and Post-herpetic Neuralgia in an Older US Population: A Cohort Study

April 19, 2013

Source: PLOS Medicine, April 2013, 10(4), e1001420

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication Type: Article

In a nutshell: These findings show that shingles vaccine uptake is low among elderly people in the US and varies between different patient groups. They show that shingles vaccination is effective against incident shingles in a general population of older individuals, including those who are immunosuppressed, and suggest that shingles vaccination is effective against post-herpetic neuralgia… these findings provide useful information for policy makers in countries that are currently considering the introduction of shingles vaccination into routine practice. Moreover, they highlight the need to increase shingles vaccination among elderly individuals in the US, the section of the population at the highest risk of post-herpetic neuralgia.

Length of publication: 11-page article

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 Zoster vaccine protects against shingles, BMJ 2013; 346:f2389