Meningitis B vaccine calls rejected despite petition

May 5, 2016

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: March 2016

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In a nutshell: Offering the meningitis B vaccine to all children is “not cost effective” and would be a waste of NHS money, the UK government says. Public support for extending the vaccine grew after the mother of two-year-old Faye Burdett shared pictures of her dying from the infection. The jab is offered to children in their first year of life. But more than 800,000 people signed a petition for it to be given to all children under 11.

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UK is safe from Zika virus and is helping towards a vaccine, MPs hear

February 23, 2016

Source: The BMJ, 2016;352:i692

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Date of publication: January 2016

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In a nutshell: The United Kingdom is “on top of” the Zika virus in terms of warning its population about avoiding certain parts of South and Central America while the national vaccine network tackles the issue, MPs have been told.

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Jump in winter deaths last year is blamed on ineffective flu vaccine

November 30, 2015

Source: BMJ, 2015;351:h6392

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Date of publication: November 2015

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In a nutshell: Excess deaths in England and Wales in 2014-15 were the highest for 15 years, the Office for National Statistics has reported, largely because of an ineffective flu vaccine.

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Flu jab worked in one in three cases

October 13, 2015

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Date of publication: September 2015

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In a nutshell: Last winter’s flu jab worked in 34% of cases, according to a final report by Public Health England. At one stage early in the season, it was estimated that the vaccine was stopping only three out of every 100 immunised people developing symptoms. But the report said there had been a “shift” in the dominant circulating strains during the rest of the winter. Prof Paul Cosford, from Public Health England, said its effectiveness had been “slightly lower” than usual. Flu is a constantly shifting target making it difficult to develop a vaccine. It is why a new jab is needed each year. Officials are concerned that the drop in the vaccine’s effectiveness may affect uptake this coming winter.

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Childhood MMR vaccination rates fall

October 12, 2015

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Date of publication: September 2015

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In a nutshell: The proportion of two-year-old children in England having the MMR vaccine has fallen, according to NHS statistics. In 2014-15, 92.3% of children had the jab to protect them from measles, mumps and rubella. The Health and Social Care Information Centre said the figure was 92.7% in the previous year – which was the highest level of coverage ever achieved. Some parts of the country had less than 80% of children immunised against the infections. The target rate is 95%, which is enough to prevent the diseases spreading in a community.

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Meningitis vaccine should be followed up with paracetamol

October 12, 2015

Source: Nursing Times

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Date of publication: September 2015

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In a nutshell: Nurses delivering a new vaccine protecting against meningitis should encourage parents to give their children paracetamol following immunisation, due to increased risk of fever. It marks a change from previous advice warning against paracetamol use after immunisation due to study evidence that it could reduce the efficacy of vaccinations.

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Polio: Vaccinated British man shed virus for 30 years

September 7, 2015

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Date of publication: August 2015

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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.

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