Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 4 Issue 10

October 9, 2012

Vaccination policies and rates of exemption from immunisation, 2005-2011

October 9, 2012

Source: NEJM, 2012; 367 (12): p. 1170-1171

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Date of publication: September 2012

Publication Type: Letter

In a nutshell:  This letter states the results show that nonmedical exemptions have continued
to increase, and the rate of increase has accelerated.

Length of publication: 2-page letter


Teenagers should be vaccinated against whooping cough, RCGP says

October 9, 2012

Source: Independent Nurse

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell:The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has called for teenagers to be vaccinated against pertussis in the wake of the ongoing whooping cough outbreak.

Length of publication: 1-page news item


Flu jab given at some pharmacies in Wales for first time

October 9, 2012

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell:The flu vaccine will be available from some pharmacies in Wales for the first time, the Welsh government has announced.

Length of publication: 1-page news item


Typhoid vaccine failure warning

October 9, 2012

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: More than 700,000 people recently immunised against typhoid may not have full protection because of a dud vaccine that has now been recalled, say experts.

Length of publication: 1-page news item


BCG vaccination in England since 2005: a survey of policy and practice

October 9, 2012

Source: BMJ Open, 2012;2:e001303.

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Date of publication: September 2012

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article assesses the current BCG vaccination policies and delivery pathways for immunisation in Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England since the 2005 change in recommendations.

Length of publication:7-page article


The role of herd immunity in parents’ decision to vaccinate children: a systematic review

October 9, 2012

Source: Pediatrics, 2012; epub August 27th, DOI: 10.1542

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell:Herd immunity is an important benefit of childhood immunization, but it is unknown if the concept of benefit to others influences parents’ decisions to immunize their children. Our objective was to determine if the concept of “benefit to others” has been found in the literature to influence parents’ motivation for childhood immunization.

Length of publication: 9-page article