MMR vaccination at right time is associated with lower admissions for all infections in young children

February 27, 2014

Source: BMJ2014;348:g1779

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Date of publication: February 2014

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: Young children who receive the live measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR vaccine) on schedule after vaccination against other common infections have a lower rate of hospital admission for any type of infection than children who are not vaccinated within the recommended timing or sequence, a Danish nationwide study has shown. Researchers followed up 495 987 children born from 1997 to 2006 aged 11 months to two years, using data from Danish national registers on vaccinations and hospital admissions.

Length of publication: 1-page

For more informationLive vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella and the risk of hospital admissions for nontargeted infections. JAMA 2014, 311(8), pp. 826-835


The need for a gender-neutral approach to HPV immunisation

February 27, 2014

Source: British Journal of School Nursing, 9 (1), 14 Feb 2014, pp. 15 – 16

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Date of publication: February 2014

Publication Type: Comment

In a nutshell: In some countries, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been recommended for boys. In light of recent calls from HPV Action for a gender-neutral approach to HPV immunisation, Ian Peate looks at the benefits of extending the programme to boys.

Length of publication: 2-page comment


Increased measles–mumps–rubella (MMR) vaccine uptake in the context of a targeted immunisation campaign during a measles outbreak in a vaccine-reluctant community in England

February 27, 2014

Source: Vaccine, 32 (10), 26 February 2014, pp. 1147–1152

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Date of publication: February 2014

Publication Type: Article

In a nutshell: Highlights: Reactive vaccination to a measles outbreak implemented in a vaccine-rejecting community; We estimated the number of MMR doses given in 2011 during the outbreak; The number of doses increased during the outbreak compared to previous years; Children already vaccinated were more amenable to reactive vaccination; A few parents changed their mind and vaccinated their children for the first time.

Length of publication: 5-page article


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February 27, 2014

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Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 6 Issue 1

February 4, 2014

Patients at risk as flu vaccine uptake drops to three-year low

February 4, 2014

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: January 2014

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: The NHS is set to miss important flu vaccination targets this winter as uptake falls to its lowest point in three years, leaving thousands of vulnerable patients at risk in the event of a flu outbreak.

Length of publication: 1-page news story


“It’s easier in pharmacy”: why some patients prefer to pay for flu jabs rather than use the National Health Service

February 4, 2014

Source: BMC Health Services Research

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Date of publication: January 2014

Publication Type: Article

In a nutshell: While people at risk can access flu vaccinations free via the NHS, some choose to pay privately because they perceive that community pharmacy access is easier. There are opportunities for pharmacy to support the NHS in delivering free flu vaccinations to patients at risk by targeting people unlikely to access the service at GP surgeries.

Length of publication: 6-page article