Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 4 Issue 8

August 15, 2012
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Five infant deaths signal serious UK whooping cough outbreak

August 15, 2012

Source: The Guardian Online

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Date of publication: July 2012

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In a nutshell:

Health experts are warning of a major outbreak of whooping cough: five infants have died so far this year, prompting doctors to consider a new round of vaccinations. The Health Protection Agency said on Friday it was very concerned by figures which show 2,466 confirmed cases between January and June, six times the comparable figure for the previous big outbreak in 2008.
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Whooping cough vaccine ‘for nurses’

August 15, 2012

Source: Nursing Times Online

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Date of publication: July 2012

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In a nutshell: It has been recommended that healthcare professionals who work with young children should be vaccinated against whopping cough.

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Meningitis booster jabs needed, DH advisers say

August 15, 2012

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: August 2012

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In a nutshell: Meningitis booster vaccines for adolescents should be introduced ‘as soon as practicable’ to counter falling immunity after the end of an under-25 catch-up programme, DH advisers have said.
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Flu vaccine to be given to all UK children

August 15, 2012

Source: The Guardian Online

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Date of publication: July 2012

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All children are to be given the flu vaccination after experts said it could save up to 2,000 lives a year. The scheme, which is expected to be rolled out in 2014, will see all children aged two to 17 given the vaccination through a nasal spray

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Parents could be asked to administer flu vaccine to their children

August 15, 2012

Source: The Guardian Online

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Date of publication: July 2012

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In a nutshell:Expansion of influenza vaccination to all children aged two to 17 would require more than 1,000 extra school nurses. The NHS must find more than 1,000 extra school nurses to give the flu vaccine to healthy children under plans announced on Wednesday to expand the vaccination programme to all children aged two to 17. Millions more people will be offered the vaccine, a nasal spray called Fluenz, under the scheme that is expected to run from 2014, the health secretary, Andrew Lansley, said. Options being considered to administer it include allowing parents to vaccinate their own children.

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Shingles vaccination programme could be launched in 2013

August 15, 2012

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: July 2012

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In a nutshell: Shingles vaccination could be offered to all 4.5m people in the UK aged 70-79 from next year, government advisors have said.
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