Italy bans non-vaccinated children from starting state schools as Health Minister blames fall in vaccination rates on ‘fake news’.
In one of only four times the a UN declaration has been reached on a health issue, landmark agreement reached to tackle antimicrobial resistance.
The ECDC Vaccine Schedule hosts the latest vaccine schedules across Europe. The online tool allows you to compare vaccination schedule by diseases and country.
Public Health England hope increased immunisation rates will protect against meningitis W, fatal in 1 in 10 cases.
Public Health England issue new algorithm for individuals with uncertain or incomplete immunisation status
New report examines the importance of prevention in maintaining adult health, the value of adult vaccination, and the burden of adult pneumococcal disease.
The European Immunization Awareness week slogan ‘Protect Promote Immunize’ needs to be seen across the life course. Vaccination programmes focus in the main on children with the aim of vaccinating individuals as early as possible to prevent vaccine preventable disease but also to minimise the spread of infection and stop disease. Many vaccines however, are recommended across the life course and immunisation should be part of health care at all stages of life and in all settings.
Despite tangible benefits, the SAATI Report indicated that there is reluctance to take firmer action to improve standards of adult immunisation in Europe. Vaccination policy in EU Member States mainly focuses on the young (aged below 18), to some extent the old (aged above 65), especially for seasonal influenza and pneumococcal diseases, and those in at-risk groups.
To introduce a new policy report which sets out the findings of research into immunisation policy in England, Darius Hughes, UK Head of Pfizer Vaccines has written a guest blog for the European Adult Immunisation Hub.
Public Health England’s February vaccine update warns that the recent arrival of cold weather could prompt a late surge in demand for the flu vaccine among adults