Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 6 Issue 8

December 12, 2014
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Flu: Vaccine ‘ given to too few young children’

December 9, 2014

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: November 2014

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In a nutshell: The latest figures show fewer than one third of two to four-year-olds are getting the nasal spray.

The uptake is down on the same point last year, the first time children were routinely immunised against flu.
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Third trimester vaccinations are needed to protect infants from pertussis, report says

December 9, 2014

Source: British Medical Journal  http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7557

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Date of publication: December 2014

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In a nutshell: Vaccinating mothers during the third trimester of pregnancy would be the most effective way to protect infants against pertussis, health officials from the California Department of Public Health have said.

Infants are among the hardest hit in California’s ongoing pertussis epidemic. Because they are too young to be effectively vaccinated and are therefore dependent on maternal antibodies for protection, the most effective strategy to protect infants is to make sure all pregnant women receive the tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) in the third trimester of pregnancy. This timing will ensure the maximum transfer of protective maternal antibodies to the infant, wrote lead author Kathleen Winter and her colleagues in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.1

“Since the immune response to Tdap peaks about two weeks after administration and the majority …

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