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Childhood flu immunisation: More than just a spray

November 30, 2015

Source: British Journal of School Nursing, 2015, 10 (7), pp. 326 – 327

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Date of publication: September 2015

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: As the childhood flu immunisation programme is about to be rolled out further, Wendy Nicholson shares some advice and resources to help support its delivery.

Length of publication: 2 page article


Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 7 Issue 1

June 30, 2015

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June 25, 2015

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Immunisation Horizon Scanning Volume 6 Issue 8

December 12, 2014

Flu: Vaccine ‘ given to too few young children’

December 9, 2014

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: November 2014

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell: The latest figures show fewer than one third of two to four-year-olds are getting the nasal spray.

The uptake is down on the same point last year, the first time children were routinely immunised against flu.
Length of publication: 1-page


Third trimester vaccinations are needed to protect infants from pertussis, report says

December 9, 2014

Source: British Medical Journal  http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7557

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication Type: News Item

In a nutshell: Vaccinating mothers during the third trimester of pregnancy would be the most effective way to protect infants against pertussis, health officials from the California Department of Public Health have said.

Infants are among the hardest hit in California’s ongoing pertussis epidemic. Because they are too young to be effectively vaccinated and are therefore dependent on maternal antibodies for protection, the most effective strategy to protect infants is to make sure all pregnant women receive the tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) in the third trimester of pregnancy. This timing will ensure the maximum transfer of protective maternal antibodies to the infant, wrote lead author Kathleen Winter and her colleagues in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.1

“Since the immune response to Tdap peaks about two weeks after administration and the majority …

Length of publication: 1 -page article