Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 5 Issue 10

October 31, 2013

Shingles vaccine stocks may run out, officials warn

October 28, 2013

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: October 2013

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: Disruption to the shingles vaccination campaign is expected to continue into next month as delays to supplies threaten to exhaust UK stocks of the vaccine.

Length of publication: 1-page news story


GPs told to refuse shingles vaccination for 71 to 78 year olds

October 28, 2013

Source: Pulse

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Date of publication: October 2013

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: GPs are being told to turn down requests from people aged 71 to 78 years for the shingles vaccination even though this goes against patients’ rights under the NHS constitution. Pulse has learned that in many areas patients over 70 but under 79 years have been asking for the vaccination after hearing reports about the national programme, with GPs having to explain why they are not yet covered. Public Health England (PHE) said everyone aged 70 to 79 years is entitled to the vaccination under the NHS Constitution, as recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI). However, to make the best use of limited vaccine supplies, the programme is being rolled out to patients aged 70 and those aged 79 years to begin with.

Length of publication: 1-page news story


High Court orders two sisters must receive MMR vaccine

October 28, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: October 2013

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: A judge has ruled that sisters aged 15 and 11 must have the MMR vaccine even though they and their mother do not want it, BBC Newsnight has learned.

Length of publication: 1-page news story


Muslim parents’ concern over gelatine delays flu vaccine in schools

October 28, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: October 2013

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: A programme to vaccinate schoolchildren against flu has been delayed in Glasgow after concerns from Muslim parents that it contains products derived from pork.

Length of publication: 1-page news story


Useful resources for the delivery of immunisation programmes

October 28, 2013

Source: British Journal of School Nursing, 8 (8), 11 Oct 2013, pp 408 – 409

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Date of publication: October 2013

Publication Type: Article

In a nutshell: This year has seen a lot of changes to the national immunisation schedule. While some of these do not directly involve school age children at present, it is important for school nurses to be aware of and knowledgeable about these changes. Parents and schools may look to school nurses for information and advice about immunisations.

Length of publication: 2-page article


Varicella and secondary pneumonia in a healthy child: is it time to introduce varicella vaccine in the UK?

October 28, 2013

Source: British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 74 (10), 09 Oct 2013, pp 590 – 591

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Date of publication: October 2013

Publication Type: Case Report

In a nutshell: Chickenpox is usually a benign self-limiting disease in children, and almost all children recover uneventfully. However, chickenpox is not without significant associated morbidity and varicella-related complications are often seen in clinical practice. Early recognition and treatment is vital to reduce morbidity and mortality. At present, the UK has urgent priorities for regular vaccination in childhood, i.e. meningococcal serogroup B vaccine, but the authors propose that the introduction of routine varicella vaccination in the UK is likely to be beneficial and cost effective in the long term.

Length of publication: 2-page article