Immunisation Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 1 Issue 5

August 27, 2009
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[NEWS] Swine flu incidence in England is slowing down.

August 27, 2009


Source:BMJ 2009;339:b3134

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: The signs are that the weekly number of new infections of A/H1N1 flu is beginning to level off, the Department of Health for England has said.


Who should get the swine flu vaccine?

August 27, 2009


Source:Telegraph 29 Jul 2009

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: One of Labour’s favourite mantras is that being in government is about making the tough decisions. But when it comes to swine flu, a series of choices is approaching that may prove a matter of life and death.


Pharmacists argue for national contract to pay for flu pandemic work

August 27, 2009


Source:Health Service Journal 30 July 2009

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: Pharmacists have warned the lack of a standard contract to pay them for taking on extra work during the flu pandemic could hinder the national response to the outbreak. Payments for community pharmacists are being determined through 86 separate local negotiations.


Healthcare watchdogs could suspend NHS inspections during crisis.

August 27, 2009


Source:Health Service Journal 30 July 2009

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: The Care Quality Commission plans to suspend a “whole suite of activities” such as hygiene inspections if the flu pandemic worsens.


Andy Burnham seeks swine flu critical care assurance.

August 27, 2009


Source:Health Service Journal 31st July 2009

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: National director for NHS flu resilience Ian Dalton will work with strategic health authorities to produce a new plan by the end of August.


England swine flu cases may have reached a plateau.

August 27, 2009


Source:Health Service Journal 31st July 2009

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: Despite 110,000 new cases diagnosed in England this week – a 10 per cent increase on last week – and 27 deaths in some way linked to the virus, the government says the current level is possibly close to a maximum for the virus’s spread.