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.

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.

England: social media spreads vaccine misinformation

A report from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) suggests that social media is stoking misplaced fears about vaccines, including concerns over their side effects.

USA: probiotics don’t help children with acute gastroenteritis

A study across 10 paediatric A&E departments found that giving probiotics to children with gastroenteritis did not help their recovery.

A brain under siege

Encephalitis may be rare, but when it strikes it can be devastating, and even deadly – especially for children and young people, writes journalist John Windell.

Switzerland: nose bacteria may dictate speed of babies’ recovery from their first cold

Babies with a wide variety of different bacteria living in their noses tend to recover more quickly from their first respiratory virus compared with those who have less variety, say researchers.

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.

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.

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