A report in the Daily Telegraph has revealed that a mismatch between the flu vaccine and the dominant strain of influenza may have contributed to increased mortality in 2016.
This database contains the names and practice details of vaccination providers operating in the UK.
The UK Food Standards Agency’s use of social media to map outbreaks of the norovirus holds lessons for how to target vaccine awareness and outreach campaigns.
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.
Speaking at an International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) event in London, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Gina Radford, argued that too few of us wash our hands properly, despite the importance of doing so to reduce the risk of infections. She argued that “On a day to day basis, you should wash your hands with soap and water for the length of one verse of God Save the Queen or two times through Happy Birthday”.
The NHS in the UK has launched it’s “Staywell” campaign to encourage uptake of the influenza vaccine. The campaign urges those eligible for a free vaccine to take up that right. The new website provides links to help people find their local pharmacy.
David Sinclair, Director of ILC-UK discusses healthy ageing and the importance of adult immunisation.
The flu steering committee (UK) has produced an app to help healthcare managers capture and report flu vaccinations. The app, designed to reduce the burden of administrative work, helps the performance team “report daily on divisional flu performance which is visible on the Trust intranet and via social media”.
For more information see: http://fabnhsstuff.net/2016/10/23/development-flu-app-nuh/
The UK’s National Institute for Health Research produces new infographic demonstrating the cost effectiveness of immunisation.
Public Health England hope increased immunisation rates will protect against meningitis W, fatal in 1 in 10 cases.