European ADULT IMMUNISATION HUB

Category: Shingles/Herpes Zoster

There have been a few news stories recently about the Shingles Vaccine.

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We detail below some organisations interested in adult immunisation. We also provide some links to information about vaccine preventable diseases impacting on older people. We will update this list every 3 months. [last updated January 2017]

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Responding to the news of falls in uptake of the shingles vaccination, the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) has urged a change to its eligibility guidelines.

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Public Health England has reported a decline in the uptake of the Shingles vaccination in both the routine in the routine (70 year old) and catch up (78 years old) cohorts.

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Research published in 2015 in the Journal of Primary Prevention has estimated the cost of four of the most significant vaccine preventable diseases.

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New research reported in the Daily Mail finds that “vaccine-preventable diseases among adults cost the U.S. economy $8.95 billion in 2015”. The Daily Mail reports that Eighty per cent of this spending was used to treat unvaccinated individuals. They highlight that flu, pneumococcal disease and shingles pose the biggest cost to healt

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New study suggests that shift workers are more susceptible to communicable diseases, and so ‘could be prime candidates for receiving the annual flu vaccine’.

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Between September 2015 to May 2016, 49% of 70 year olds in England did not receive the vaccine, and 48.9% of the 78 year old catch-up cohort went unprotected.

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