Catching the anti-vax bug

As concern grows about the spread of measles worldwide and the role of social media in sharing misinformation on immunisation, journalist Juliette Astrup looks at the scale of the problem and what can be done to combat the anti-vax movement.

Australia: Post-vaccination febrile seizures no more serious than other types

Research from the University of Sydney has found the severity of febrile seizures following vaccination is no different from febrile seizures due to other causes, and that the majority of seizures are short-lived, self-resolving and don’t require ongoing treatment.

Northern Ireland: boys to be offered HPV vaccine in bid to fight cancer

Boys aged 12 to 13 in Northern Ireland are to be offered a vaccine to protect them against human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and the associated diseases, the Department of Health (DH) has announced.

Denmark: MMR vaccine does not cause autism: reconfirmed

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children and is not associated with clustering of cases following vaccination.

UK/Sweden: painkillers in pregnancy do not cause childhood asthma

The risk of children developing asthma does not increase when their mothers take painkillers during pregnancy, a major study has concluded.

Wales: diabetes prevalence reaches 7.4%

The prevalence of diabetes is higher in Wales than any other UK country, new analysis by Diabetes UK Cymru shows.

Clinical: get the message on MS

Multiple sclerosis is one of the most common neurological conditions affecting adults. Changeable yet incurable, it can take years to manifest fully. But children can develop it too, writes journalist John Windell.

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.

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