Wales: new records system to paint clearer picture of child health

A new system that ensures every child has an active care record with all their details in one place has gone live.

Switzerland: cough medicines could do more harm than good

Over-the-counter cough medicines don’t help clear up persistent coughs, a study suggests.

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Life with COPD a passport to better care

Community matron Susan Nyandoro explains how a Devon trust is enhancing continuity of care for those with chronic lung disease.

Northern Ireland: doctors urge girls to take up HPV vaccine

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has urged parents to take up the offer of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine for their daughters following a fall in uptake.

News in numbers: November

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers.

Holding on to primary healthcare nurses

Sue Randall and Tonia Crawford describe a programme in Sydney, Australia, that helps to recruit and retain community health nursing students.

Clinical: coping with croup

This viral infection is common and usually harmless, writes journalist John Windell, but a toddler’s barking cough and rasping breathing can still alarm parents.

Northern Ireland: cancer charity says boys should receive HPV vaccine

Boys should be included in a vaccination scheme to protect them from the cancer-causing human papilloma virus (HPV), say Cancer Focus NI and the British Dental Association.

Supplementary benefits for teens?

As a rise in the use of supplements among children – especially teens – is observed in the US, journalist Helen Bird looks at whether it’s a trend we’re likely to see in the UK and how you can help to address it.

Making measles history

Measles has almost disappeared from the UK, but how can it be totally eradicated so it’s no longer an issue? Michelle Falconer and David Green of Public Health England show how CPs can help.

The meningitis safety net

Rob Dawson of the Meningitis Research Foundation reveals the life-saving messages parents and CPs need to know if faced with bacterial meningitis or septicaemia.

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.

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