The early benefits of human papillomavirus vaccination on cervical dysplasia and anogenital warts

July 28, 2015

Source: PEDIATRICS, 2015, 135 (5), pp. 1131 – 1140

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Date of publication: May 2015

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Background: Despite widespread promotion of quadrivalent human papillomavirus (qHPV) vaccination for young girls, there is limited information on the vaccine’s real-world effectiveness and none on the effectiveness of qHPV vaccination programs. We assessed the impact of the qHPV vaccine and Ontario’s grade 8 qHPV vaccination program on cervical dysplasia and anogenital warts (AGW)… Conclusions: This study provides strong evidence of the early benefits of qHPV vaccination among girls aged 14 to 17 years, offering additional justification for not delaying vaccination.

Length of publication: 9-page article

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‘I didn’t even know boys could get the vaccine’: Parents’ reasons for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination decision making for their sons

July 20, 2015

Source: Psycho-Oncology, 2015, 10.1002/pon.3894

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Date of publication: July 2015

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Objective: The study’s objective was to examine parents’ reasons for their decision to vaccinate their 9–16-year-old sons with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. ‘I didn’t even know boys could get the vaccine’: Parents’ reasons for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination decision making for their sons… Conclusion: There are important differences in the factors that influence parents’ decision depending on where they are along the decision-making trajectory. Assuring that parents are well informed about the importance of male vaccination, reducing vaccine cost, accurately communicating vaccine safety, and improving patient–provider communication may augment vaccine coverage and prevent HPV-associated cancers

Length of publication: 8-page article


Measles cases in the US reach 20-year high

May 30, 2014

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: May 2014

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell: Public health experts in the US are urging people to get vaccinated after a spike in measles cases in the country this year.

Length of publication:  1-page article.


Herpes Zoster Vaccine Effectiveness against Incident Herpes Zoster and Post-herpetic Neuralgia in an Older US Population: A Cohort Study

April 19, 2013

Source: PLOS Medicine, April 2013, 10(4), e1001420

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication Type: Article

In a nutshell: These findings show that shingles vaccine uptake is low among elderly people in the US and varies between different patient groups. They show that shingles vaccination is effective against incident shingles in a general population of older individuals, including those who are immunosuppressed, and suggest that shingles vaccination is effective against post-herpetic neuralgia… these findings provide useful information for policy makers in countries that are currently considering the introduction of shingles vaccination into routine practice. Moreover, they highlight the need to increase shingles vaccination among elderly individuals in the US, the section of the population at the highest risk of post-herpetic neuralgia.

Length of publication: 11-page article

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Make MMR jab mandatory’ call by US expert

April 19, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication Type: News

In a nutshell: As a measles epidemic in south Wales continues to spread at an “alarming rate” an expert has said mandatory vaccinations should be considered. Dr Paul Offit, a US-based measles expert, told the BBC that mandatory vaccinations in America had prevented similar outbreaks. His comments came as measles cases in the Swansea area rose to 620. The Welsh government said it believed the “hard won trust” in MMR would be damaged if vaccination was compulsory.

Length of publication: 1-page news story


The whooping cough epidemic: prevention and treatment

January 2, 2013

Source: Practice Nursing, 2012, 23 (12) p. 604-608

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This year, whooping cough is very much back in the news. Large scale outbreaks in Australia and the US have been followed by a significant rise in cases in the UK, where the disease appears to have moved out of its traditional 3–4 year cyclical pattern and into an extended phase.  This article will look into the causative organism for pertussis, commons signs and symptoms, prevention and management, as well as planned future strategies.

 Length of publication: 4 page article


Health workers in British Columbia must be vaccinated against flu or wear a mask, new policy says

December 4, 2012

Source: BMJ 2012;345:e7860

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Date of publication: November 2012

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: A Cochrane reviewer has accused a Canadian health chief of misquoting his work to justify a “tyrannical” policy forcing staff to be vaccinated against flu or wear a mask. Under the policy, being introduced from 1 December, health workers in British Columbia who refuse to be vaccinated must wear a mask throughout the flu season. All those who have had the vaccine will be given a distinctive badge to wear.

Length of publication: 1 page news item

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