Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 5 Issue 7

August 2, 2013
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Swansea measles epidemic officially over

July 29, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: The measles epidemic centred on the Swansea area has been declared over eight months after it began. But health officials have warned that unless MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations continue, a further outbreak cannot be ruled out.

Length of publication: 1-page news item


Measles targets and herd immunity

July 29, 2013

Source: British Journal of General Practice, 63 (613), August 2013 , pp. 403-404(2)

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication Type: Comment

In a nutshell: Measles epidemics occur in populations with sufficient numbers of susceptible individuals for each infected person to meet and pass on the virus to one or more other susceptible individuals. Herd immunity suggests that if enough people are rendered immune such meetings will be rare enough for the virus not to be passed on and the whole population to be protected. If immunisation rates for the population were high enough we should therefore prevent epidemics such as the current one in south Wales. So if general practice can and does deliver high measles immunisation rates from ages 2–5 years, why do we currently have a problem?

Length of publication: 2-page comment


Flu vaccinations for school age children in England are cost effective, say experts

July 29, 2013

Source: BMJ, 2013;347:f4749

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: School age children in the United Kingdom could be offered vaccination against influenza from as early as next year after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation  (JCVI) advised that the programme be extended to children aged 5 to less than 17 years. In a statement published on 24 July, the committee said that an extension was “highly likely to be cost effective and well within accepted cost effectiveness thresholds.”

Length of publication: 2-page news item


Taking a stand against schools refusing access to HPV vaccine

July 29, 2013

Source: British Journal of School Nursing, 8 (6), 12 Jul 2013, pp 269 – 270

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication Type: Comment

In a nutshell: A number of schools are opting out of allowing girls’ to have the HPV vaccination, with many citing religious belief or ‘moral’ reasons. However, school nurses are being urged to make a stand. Dorothy Lepkowska reports.

Length of publication: 2-page comment


UK rejects meningitis B vaccine

July 29, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: The only vaccine to protect against a deadly form of meningitis should not be introduced in the UK, the body that advises governments on immunisation says.

Length of publication: 1-page news item


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July 29, 2013

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