Meningitis B vaccine deal agreed

March 31, 2015

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: All UK babies will soon have access to a vaccine against meningitis B, after a deal with drug manufacturers, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced. The agreement with GlaxoSmithKline will mean the vaccine can be introduced on the NHS “this year”, Mr Hunt said. Government advisers said in 2014 that every child over two months old should be given the vaccine, but negotiations over costs have delayed this process. Mr Hunt said it was important to get value for money. Campaigners had warned the delays put children’s lives at risk.

Length of publication: 1-page news story

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Morbidly obese in England could get free flu jab

March 31, 2015

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: Morbidly obese people in England should be given a free flu jab on the NHS each year, say government advisers. Public Health England and the government’s vaccine advisory committee are in agreement that obesity poses enough of a health threat to consider including it as one of the “at risk” groups routinely offered the vaccine. It would put obesity in the same league as asthma, diabetes and heart disease. The government is yet to announce whether it will act on the advice.

Length of publication: 1-page news story


Case studies in childhood vaccination

March 18, 2015

Source: Nurse Prescribing,  13 (3),| pp 122–128

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Immunization is one of the most important public health measures that primary care offers the population. All health professionals, regardless of whether they administer vaccines or not, should be well-informed on this topic and should know where to get the latest information on the UK national schedule and evidence-based guidelines on the use of vaccines. Nurse prescribers are in a particularly good position to make the most of opportunistic encounters to ensure that individuals who have missed routine or recommended vaccines are able to catch up without delay.

Length of publication: 6-page article


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