Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 5 Issue 11

November 25, 2013
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Target MMR at teenagers, measles report urges

November 25, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: “Assertive” efforts need to be made to target teenagers who have not received the MMR vaccination in a bid to eliminate measles from Wales. A joint health boards’ report looking at Wales’ largest measles outbreak said there should be a policy of “aggressive control”. One idea is for unimmunised children to be excluded from school if a close contact has measles during an outbreak.

Length of publication: 1-page news story


Should all children be immunised against influenza?

November 25, 2013

Source: Archives of Disease in Childhood98 (11), November 2013, pp. 846 – 849

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Influenza is an important cause of morbidity and mortality, especially in combination with secondary bacterial infections.1–3 Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone at risk by the WHO.4 In recent years, a number of countries have recommended influenza vaccination for all children older than 6 months although the uptake has been variable. The effectiveness of inactivated influenza vaccines in children has been questioned…

Length of publication: 4-page article


Minority girls less likely to have cervical cancer jab

November 25, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: Girls from black and Asian ethnic minorities are less likely to be vaccinated against cervical cancer, research suggests.

Length of publication: 1-page news story


Measles cases in Swansea and Neath prompt ‘frustration’

November 25, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: A senior doctor has spoken of his frustration with a second crop of measles cases in south Wales just months after an epidemic ended.

Length of publication: 1-page news story

See related storyMeasles cases double in two weeks in Neath and Swansea


Immune Response: Adult Immunisation In The UK

November 25, 2013

Source: International Longevity Centre (ILC)

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication Type: Report

In a nutshell: This report sets out an argument for adult immunisation in the UK as a preventative public health intervention within broader healthy ageing strategies as a cost-effective measure. It highlights a number of policy recommendations that include: JSNAs taking a life-course approach to Immunisation; health and wellbeing boards ensuring that that life-course vaccination is adequately considered as part of health planning and commissioning; and that commissioning arrangements for immunisation should support the uptake of adult vaccination.

Length of publication: 50-page report


The introduction of a new preventive vaccine for shingles

November 25, 2013

Source: Practice Nursing, 24 (11), 01 Nov 2013, pp 550 – 555

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Simon Oakley and Adam Goodband look at the treatment and management of shingles and consider the efficacy of a preventive vaccine.

Length of publication: 4-page article