Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 4 Issue 11

November 6, 2012

Flu jab shortage prompts emergency

November 6, 2012

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication Type:  News item

In a nutshell: Local shortages of flu vaccines are affecting some GP practices in England following disruption to supplies from one manufacturer, and GPs have contacted the DH about its emergency reserve.

Length of publication: 1 page news item


Seasonal influenza immunization in early infancy?

November 6, 2012

Source: BMC Public Health, 2012; 12: 873

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication Type: Commentary

In a nutshell: The efficacy and the effectiveness of influenza vaccines in people of all ages are lower than believed and widely questionated among health operators and lay people worldwide. The majority of countries continues to apply World Health Organization recommendations that suggest vaccinating only children older than 6 months of age, and with certain chronic coexisting conditions. Based on scant evidence of efficacy any attempt to suggest immunizing infants less than 6 months of age against seasonal influenza would be arbitrary and unethical.

Length of publication: 9 page commentary


HPV vaccine not linked to sexual promiscuity in girls, study finds

November 6, 2012

Source: Guardian Online

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: First study of its kind to compare records of vaccinated and unvaccinated girls finds no link to change in sexual behaviour

Length of publication: 1 page news item


Australia leads the way on HPV vaccination in boys

November 6, 2012

Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 2012; 12(11): 831-832

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication Type: Comment

In a nutshell: That, in July, Australia was the first country to announce a publicly funded national immunisation programme for human papillomavirus (HPV) in teenage boys is perhaps not surprising. Researchers there had a hand in the early stages of the vaccine’s development, and a highly successful school-based immunisation programme with the quadrivalent Gardasil vaccine was launched for girls in 2007.

Length of publication: 2 page comment

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Public response to the 2009 influenza A H1N1 pandemic: a polling study in five countries

November 6, 2012

Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 2012; 12(11): 845-850

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Date of publication: November 2012

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Many important strategies to reduce the spread of pandemic influenza need public participation. To assess public receptivity to such strategies, we compared adoption of preventive behaviours in response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic among the public in five countries and examined whether certain non-pharmaceutical behaviours (such as handwashing) were deterrents to vaccination. We also assessed public support for related public health recommendations.

Length of publication: 6 page article

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WHO: routine vaccination reaching four in five children but 22 million still miss out

November 6, 2012

Source: World Health Organisation

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Date of publication: November 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: Four in five children (83%) worldwide received the recommended three doses of diphtheria–tetanus–pertussis (DTP) vaccine during infancy in 2011, according to new data released in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and in the WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER).

Length of publication: 1 page news item