Children with autism at increased risk of vaccine-preventable disease

Children with autism and their younger siblings are less likely to be fully vaccinated, a study shows. 

Big story: mandatory vaccinations?

Measles has been surging across Europe amid high levels of safety-based vaccine scepticism and falling immunisation levels. Italy and France have responded with new laws that make childhood vaccinations mandatory. Journalist Juliette Astrup takes a look at this controversial issue and asks what should be done to keep uptake rates high.

Men in England to be offered HPV vaccine

A programme offering the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination to men who have sex with men will start from April.

Immunisation: spreading the word

Health visitors are vital to achieving full vaccine coverage among children, say Michelle Falconer, Laura Craig, Helen Campbell and David Green of Public Health England.

England: new antibiotics awareness campaign

A major new campaign to ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ has been launched by Public Health England in the face of the antibiotic resistance crisis.

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.