Flu hospitalisation risk for children with older siblings

Children under two years are more likely to be admitted to hospital with influenza if they have an older sister or brother, a study has found.

Childhood infection linked to coeliac disease

Childhood respiratory infections have been linked with coeliac disease, research published in

Wales: flu vaccination extends to year four pupils

Welsh schoolchildren in year four are being included in the free flu vaccination programme for the first time this term.

England: MMR vaccination rate down for third year running

The number of children in England receiving their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine by the age of two is down for the third year in a row.

Tuberculosis: a ghost from the past

Tuberculosis is still rife in some parts of the community. But even where it remains rare, community practitioners need to be alert to its seriousness.

New mothers hesitate over vaccinations

First-time mums are more hesitant about vaccinations than those who already have children, say researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Wales: flu vaccine for all primary school children

All children at primary schools in Wales will be offered the flu vaccine within two years, it has been confirmed.

Wales: measles risk as children miss MMR jabs

More than 7400 children in north Wales are at risk of measles after not receiving two doses of the MMR vaccine.

UK: no HPV vaccinations for teenage boys

Adolescent boys will not be offered the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination on the NHS.

Positive information about vaccines can 'backfire' and 'reinforce ill-founded beliefs', say researchers

Pro-vaccine messages from health professionals can reinforce parents’ belief that children’s vaccines are damaging, a study has revealed.

Saliva tests track heptatis E outbreaks

A saliva test almost matches the performance of a blood test widely used to assess recent or past hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection, a new study has shown.

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