Personal stories of vaccine side effects reduce the impact of hard science messages

Expert scientific messages on vaccine safety are effective at increasing public acceptance of vaccines, but this benefit is mostly lost when news programmes show a personal narrative on side effects, research has found.

Vaccinations will prevent 69 million deaths by 2030

A modelling study has estimated that vaccination against 10 major pathogens will have prevented 69 million deaths in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) over the period 2000 to 2030.

Vaccination: the complications of hesitation

How can you talk to parents who have doubts about immunising their children from serious infectious diseases? Journalist Radhika Holmström reports on vaccine hesitancy.

England: PHE guidance on delivering Covid-19 vaccine

Public Health England (PHE) published new guidance at the end of November 2020 to support health and social care workers in delivering the Covid-19 vaccine.

What lies ahead? The future of practice after Covid

Regardless of how much we dare to hope the beginning of the end of the pandemic is in sight, its ripple effects on the UK’s health and their implications for CPs are just starting. Journalist Anna Scott asks if Covid-19 has changed the professions’ methods forever.

England and Wales: parents urged to keep children vaccinated

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England and Wales, has said that a national effort to vaccinate children and young people today will relieve the long-term pressures on health services by avoiding preventable diseases.

Comprehensive expansion of flu vaccination this winter

More than 30 million people in England are to be offered a free flu vaccine this year, described by the government as ‘the most comprehensive flu vaccination programme in the UK’s history’.

News in numbers: July/August 2020

A breakdown of recent community health news, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

News in numbers: May/June 2020

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

Fear of measles outbreak amid Covid-19 pandemic

Measles outbreaks may occur because of the coronavirus pandemic, says Unicef, due to possible disruptions to vaccination services. 

England: jab drives HPV to lowest level in 12 years

Cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) infections are now at a very low level in young, sexually active women in England, following the introduction of the HPV vaccination in 2008.

England: meningococcal vaccine reduces disease by almost two-thirds

Infant vaccination against group B meningococcal disease (MenB) has significantly reduced the number of cases of the disease in young children, research by Public Health England shows.

News in numbers: March/April 2020

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

Now it’s two not three injections for pneumococcal vaccination

Babies will have two rather than three injections to protect them against pneumococcal disease in changes to the childhood immunisation schedule.

Wales: mumps strikes in universities

Public Health Wales (PHW) has urged people to ensure they have been vaccinated following cases of suspected mumps in universities.

Measles wipes children’s immune system

A new study has shown that measles damages the immune system, leaving children who recover more vulnerable to other infections.

UK loses measles-free status: health leaders to renew efforts

The government has set out measures to improve vaccination rates after the UK lost its measles-free status with the World Health Organization.

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