Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 7 Issue 3

September 11, 2015

Polio: Vaccinated British man shed virus for 30 years

September 7, 2015

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: August 2015

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: A British man who was vaccinated against polio has been producing the virus for nearly 30 years. He had an immune disorder that meant the weakened polio virus used to vaccinate him in childhood survived in his body. Over time it has mutated into a form of the virus that can cause paralysis and he had no idea the jab had not worked…They now warn that similar cases could trigger new outbreaks and hamper efforts to eradicate the disease.

Length of publication: 1 page


HPV vaccine acceptance in male adolescents

September 7, 2015

Source: Psycho-Oncology, 2015

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Date of publication: August 2015

Publication Type: Letter

In a nutshell: Policymakers are under increasing pressure in the UK and other countries to consider the merit of a gender neutral vaccination. This correspondence does not aim to provide a scientific opinion on whether to implement the vaccine or not. It does however highlight the importance of understanding vaccine acceptance in adolescent boys to enhance the uptake of vaccines in this population group, should a decision to implement a gender neutral vaccine be reached or have already been made.

Length of publication: 3 pages


Saving lives from meningitis in 2015

September 7, 2015

Source: Practice Nursing, 2015, 6 (9), pp. 422 

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Date of publication: September 2015

Publication Type: Editorial

In a nutshell: This has been a landmark year in combatting meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia, with MenACWY vaccination for adolescents beginning over the summer, and the long-awaited introduction of MenB vaccine for babies from September. Meningococcal disease remains the most important cause of bacterial meningitis and septicaemia in healthy UK babies, toddlers and young adults.

Length of publication: 1-page


Meningitis B vaccinations start across UK for all newborns

September 7, 2015

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: September 2015

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: A new programme to vaccinate all newborn babies against meningitis B has started in the UK – the first scheme of its kind in the world.

Length of publication: 1-page news story


Recent changes to the routine childhood immunization schedule

September 1, 2015

Source: Practice Nursing, 2015, 26 (8), pp. 386 – 392

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Date of publication: August 2015

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Practice nurses play a key role in both promoting the uptake of immunizations and administering them, ensuring that every child benefits from this important public health intervention. Karen Ford discusses recent changes to the childhood immunization schedule

Length of publication: 6-page article