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

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The national flu immunisation programme 2014/15

May 29, 2014

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: April 2014

Publication Type: Letter

In a nutshell: This letter supports local planning to ensure good levels of flu immunisation which is one of the most effective interventions we can make to reduce harm from flu and pressures on health and social care services during the winter..

Length of publication: 28-page document.


The importance of influenza vaccination for nurses and midwives

November 21, 2012

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication Type: Letter & evidence

In a nutshell: Every year influenza vaccination is offered to NHS staff as a way to reduce the risk of staff and patients contracting and transmitting the virus. Vaccine uptake across NHS organisations varies from below 10% to above 90% with a national uptake of 45% (2011/12). This document summarises the evidence showing why vaccination of healthcare workers is important.

Length of publication: 6 pages


Vaccination policies and rates of exemption from immunisation, 2005-2011

October 9, 2012

Source: NEJM, 2012; 367 (12): p. 1170-1171

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Date of publication: September 2012

Publication Type: Letter

In a nutshell:  This letter states the results show that nonmedical exemptions have continued
to increase, and the rate of increase has accelerated.

Length of publication: 2-page letter


Quantifying the efficacy of influenza vaccines

September 6, 2012

Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 2012, 12 (9) p. 656

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Date of publication: September 2012

Publication Type: Correspondence

In a nutshell: The gloomy message reported by Michael Osterholm and colleagues urges for improved monitoring of the efficacy of seasonal influenza vaccines. Their finding that influenza vaccines provide only moderate protection, which is greatly reduced or absent in some seasons, against virologically confirmed influenza, seems odd but could be predicted from rather old results that classify immunity against influenza as the so-called original antigenic sin. Only epitopes expressed on the next encountered viral strain that are shared with the first strain will evoke an immune response.

Length of publication: 1 page letter


Assessing the understanding and prior uptake of human papillomavirus vaccination among eligible females attending genitourinary medicine clinics in UK

November 15, 2011

Source: Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2011 Oct;87(6):488.

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Date of publication: October 2011

Publication Type: Letter

In a nutshell: In 2008, the UK human papillomavirus vaccination programme was introduced to vaccinate all 12–13-year-old girls, with a 2-year catch up for those aged up to 18 years. Delivery has been principally through schools and general practitioners, although concern remains that all groups are not being reached and the full three doses may not be received by all. Many young sexually active females attend genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics; therefore, this may be a potential location for vaccine delivery.

Length of publication: 1-page letter


Establishing an opportunistic catch up immunisation service for children attending an acute trust in London

December 22, 2010

Source: Archives of Diseases in Childhood2010 Dec 16. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: December 2010

Publication Type: Letter

In a nutshell: Vaccination rates in London are significantly lower than in the rest of the UK, especially for MMR vaccine. MMR uptake in London ranges from 50 to 75% compared with 80–90% nationally. 1 Our aim was to assess the feasibility and acceptability of an opportunistic immunisation service for children attending the paediatric outpatient department (OPD) at the Royal Free Acute NHS Trust (RFH). We are not aware of any UK acute paediatric department currently routinely offering such a service…  Conclusions:… We have demonstrated the value of offering immunisations to children attending OPD in an acute trust to promote immunisation uptake.

Length of publication: 2 pages