Updates to the UK child and adolescent vaccination schedule

May 6, 2016

Source: Nurse Prescribing, 2016, 14 (3), pp. 120-125

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Date of publication: March 2016

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: After clean water, immunisation is the most effective public health intervention for the prevention of disease and an important component of the Healthy Child Programme (HCP) (Department of Health (DH), 2009). Nurses working in primary care should be trusted and key sources of advice for parents on the childhood immunisation programme, but keeping up to date can prove challenging in view of frequent changes to the schedule. This article describes the most recent changes, including the introduction of meningococcal B and ACWY vaccines to the schedule and the extension of the influenza vaccine to some older children. The success of the rotavirus programme is described and continuing issues for the maternal pertussis and influenza vaccine programmes are discussed. In addition, possible future changes to the human papillomavirus and hepatitis B programmes are outlined.

Length of publication: 6 page article

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An update on immunization in UK

February 23, 2016

Source: Paediatrics and Child Health

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Date of publication: January 2016

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: The immunization schedule changes frequently and it is important that healthcare professionals keep up to date. Parents often look to specialists for advice about vaccinating their children and place more trust in them, than government bodies. This article describes the introduction of meningococcal B and ACWY vaccines and the extension of influenza vaccine to some older children. The success of the rotavirus and maternal pertussis programmes is noted. Possible changes to the HPV and hepatitis B programmes are discussed as are vaccines for the future such as varicella, RSV and Group B streptococcus. Extra vaccines/doses for children with chronic disorders are briefly described. Keywords: hepatitis B; HPV; immunization; influenza; meningococcal ACWY; meningococcal B; pertussis; rotavirus; vaccine

Length of publication: 5 pages


Quality of life impacts from rotavirus gastroenteritis on children and their families in the UK

October 12, 2015

Source: Vaccine33 (39), 22 September 2015, pp. 5212–5216

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Date of publication: September 2015

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Aims: Rotavirus vaccines (RV) are safe and effective but demand significant investment of healthcare resource. In countries with low mortality due to rotavirus, a key component to assessing cost-effectiveness is quantifying the Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) lost due to rotavirus acute gastroenteritis (RVAGE). Quality of life impacts from rotavirus gastroenteritis on children and their families in the UK. Conclusions: We have found the HRQoL loss associated with RVAGE in children and their carers to be significantly higher than estimates used for all RV medical attendances in UK cost-effectiveness calculations.

Length of publication: 4-page article


Rotavirus immunisations could cause ‘administrative nightmare’

June 25, 2013

Source: Independent Nurse, 17 June 2013

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Date of publication: June 2013

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: General practices may face an ‘administrative nightmare’ when the rotavirus vaccination is added to the childhood immunisation schedule in July, nurses have warned. NHS England has opted not to produce a Patient Group Direction (PGD) for the oral rotavirus vaccine, Rotarix, which is given in two doses at two and three months. This means non-prescribing nurses must obtain a Patient Specific Direction (PSD) for each child, on an individual basis.

Length of publication: 1-page news item


Rotavirus vaccine: a welcome addition to the immunisation schedule in the UK

April 19, 2013

Source: British Medical Journal, BMJ 2013;346:f2347

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication Type: Editorial

In a nutshell: The introduction of rotavirus vaccination in the UK is expected to result in substantial health benefits to vaccinated children and to the wider population. There is also expected to be a reduction in the burden of nosocomial rotavirus infection. The impact will be most pronounced in the winter months, when many seasonal infections are at their peak and pressures on the NHS are greatest…

Length of publication: 2-page article


GPC warns over future additions to ‘crowded’ immunisation schedule

February 6, 2013

Source: Pulse

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Date of publication: February 2013

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: The GPC has warned that any additions to the ‘crowded’ immunisation schedule need to be very carefully introduced to maximise uptake and minimise the workload on GP practices. The warning comes after the Government’s proposed GP contract deal included two new immmunisations this year – rotavirus in the infant schedule and herpes zoster for the elderly.

Length of publication: Webpage


Rotavirus vaccination to avoid ‘hundreds of thousands’ of GP visits

December 4, 2012

Source: GP Online

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Date of publication: November 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: Nearly a million infants will be vaccinated against rotavirus from next year in a bid to avoid hundreds of thousands of GP and hospital visits for diarrhoea, health officials have announced.

Length of publication: 1 page news item