Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 4 Issue 6

June 20, 2012

NHS reforms spark vaccination fears

June 20, 2012

Source: Pulse

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Date of publication: May 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: The Government’s expert advisers on vaccination and immunisation have written to the chief medical officer to highlight a series of potential risks to patient care posed by the NHS  reforms.

Length of publication: 1 page item


Personal invitations ‘boost flu vaccination rates’

June 20, 2012

Source: Pulse

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Date of publication: May 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: Using a lead staff member to coordinate the flu campaign, sending personal invitations to eligible patients and having midwives give vaccines to pregnant women can increase a practice’s flu vaccination rates, research reveals.

Length of publication: 1 page news item


RCN delegates reject compulsory winter flu jab

June 20, 2012

Source: Nursing Times Online

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Date of publication: May 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: Nurses have rejected the idea of requiring all nursing staff and students to have the annual winter flu jab.

Length of publication: 1 page news item

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Anaphylaxis as an adverse event following immunisation in the UK and Ireland

June 20, 2012

Source: Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2012, epub 23rd January

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Date of publication: January 2012

Publication Type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Anaphylaxis remains a rare adverse event following immunisation. No cases were related to vaccines given as part of the ‘routine’ infant and preschool immunisation programme, despite over 5.5 million vaccines being delivered in this time period. Some children had delayed onset of symptoms and this should be considered when vaccinating those at higher risk of anaphylaxis.

Length of publication: 6 page article

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Measuring childhood vaccine coverage in England: the role of Child Health Information Systems

June 20, 2012

Source: Eurosurveillance, 2012, 17 (16) p. 1-6

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Date of publication: April 2012

Publication Type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Child Health Information Systems (CHISs) are computerised clinical record systems which support a range of health promotion and prevention activities for children, including immunisation and screening. There are a number of different providers of CHISs in England. These systems are managed by child health departments in each local area and not all are interoperable. The establishment of systems which record and maintain accurate information on the entire population is critical to assess vaccination coverage at both national and local levels. These systems should have the flexibility to adapt to a continuously evolving immunisation programme, a mechanism to rapidly feedback to local public health teams for outbreak prevention and control, and the ability to mount a timely response to vaccine safety scares. The ability to schedule (call and recall) immunisation appointments has contributed to improvements in vaccination coverage both in England and elsewhere. While this has been achieved in England through multiple CHISs the development of a single national register would reduce the complexities of maintaining accurate and complete immunisation records for the entire population.

Length of publication: 6 page article


Extend HPV vaccination to boys, nurses urge ministers

June 20, 2012

Source: Independent Nurse Online

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell: The national HPV vaccination programme should be extended to cover boys as well as girls, according to eight out of 10 primary care and community nurses.

Length of publication: 1 page news item