Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 5 Issue 1

January 2, 2013
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DH to use Facebook to fight future flu pandemic

January 2, 2013

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: The DH has published plans for clearer communication to the public and between health officials in a future flu pandemic, including greater use of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Length of publication: 1 page news item


Contributing factors to influenza vaccine uptake in general hospitals: an explorative management questionnaire study from the Netherlands

January 2, 2013

Source: BMC Public Health, 2012, 12: 1101

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell:  The influenza vaccination rate in hospitals among health care workers in Europe remains low. As there is a lack of research about management factors we assessed factors reported by administrators of general hospitals that are associated with the influenza vaccine uptake among health care workers.

Length of publication: 11 page journal article


NHS antivirals released for GPs to prescribe as flu cases soar

January 2, 2013

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: England’s CMO has signalled that GPs can now prescribe antivirals on the NHS, after flu cases in children soared.

Length of publication: 1 page news item


MMR vaccine: coverage for young children by age two at highest level in 14 years

January 2, 2013

Source: The Information Centre

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Date of publication: November 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: Nine out of 10 children in England in 2011-12 had been immunised against Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) by their second birthday – the highest recorded coverage since 1997-98.

Length of publication: 1 page news item


Doctors hail meningitis vaccine ‘breakthrough’

January 2, 2013

Source: The Guardian Online

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: Doctors and meningitis campaigners hope to see children in the UK immunised with new vaccine by late next year

Length of publication: 1 page news item


Pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009 vaccination in children: A UK perspective

January 2, 2013

Source: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 16 Dec 2012, DOI: 10.1111/jpc.12037

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Pandemic H1N1 influenza infection was common in the UK in 2009 and children were particularly vulnerable. Most cases were mild or subclinical, but there was significant mortality, predominantly in those with pre-existing disease. Despite the rapid development of monovalent pandemic vaccines, and the fast-tracked approval process, these products were not available for large-scale use until the end of the second wave of infection. Vaccine uptake was relatively low, both among children and health-care workers. The monovalent pandemic vaccines and the 2010/2011 trivalent seasonal influenza vaccines were immunogenic and effective, and they probably reduced the impact of the third wave of infection. Vaccines containing novel adjuvants enabled antigen sparing, but safety concerns could limit the future use of these adjuvanted influenza vaccines in children. Public perceptions that the threat of the pandemic was exaggerated by the authorities, and concerns about vaccine safety, might prompt an inadequate response to the next influenza pandemic, potentially compromising public health.

Length of publication: 6 page article

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