Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 4 Issue 5

May 16, 2012

HPA warns parents to keep whooping cough vaccinations updated

May 16, 2012

Source: Nursing Times Online

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Date of publication: April 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: A rise in whooping cough cases has prompted a warning to parents to make sure their children’s vaccinations are up to date

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Keeping babies warm may ease injection pain

May 16, 2012

Source: Nursing Times Online

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Date of publication: April 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: The recommended techniques to ease babies’ pain when administering injections could be wrong, according to new research.

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Child flu jabs would ‘stop 80% of flu and cut 790,000 GP visits’

May 16, 2012

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: April 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: Immunising healthy children would prevent 80% of flu infections and free up 790,000 GP appointments a year, a health economic analysis from York University suggests.

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Text message can boost flu jab uptake

May 16, 2012

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: May 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: Sending text messages to remind parents to vaccinate their child against flu increases uptake in hard-to-reach groups, a study has suggested.

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Meningitis vaccine could prevent 90% of infections

May 16, 2012

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: May 2012

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In a nutshell: Around 90% of meningitis cases could be prevented by a vaccine shown to be safe and effective at producing immune responses in an international study.

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Should childhood vaccination be mandatory? Yes

May 16, 2012

Source: British Medical Journal, 2012; 344:e2434

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Date of publication: May 2012

Publication Type: Opinion

In a nutshell:  Someday we may live in a world that doesn’t scare parents into
making bad health decisions. Until then, vaccine mandates are
the best way to ensure protection from illnesses that have caused
so much needless suffering and death.

Length of publication: 1 page item

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