Vaccine News

26th March 2019

"Minister targets anti-vaccination websites''

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock wants new legislation to force social media companies to remove content promoting false information about vaccines.

He said the government is working with internet companies to identify misleading material on jabs, including Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR).

Read more here (Source BBC News)

7th March 2019

"Measles: Greater Manchester reports recent spike in confirmed cases''

Doctors have urged people in Greater Manchester to make sure they and their children are vaccinated against measles after a sharp recent increase in cases.

Public Health England said there had been 32 confirmed cases across Greater Manchester so far this year.

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24th January 2019

"Parents' vaccine side effects fear 'fuelled by social media'

Fear of a vaccine's side effects is the top reason for people refusing them, a report from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) suggests.

Among parents, this was fuelled by social media, with up to half exposed to negative messages about vaccines.

The Society's report called for social media platforms and the press to do more to combat "fake news"."

Read more here (Source BBC News)

23rd February 2019

"Flu vaccine 'working better for children' ''

The flu vaccine is so far proving more effective in children than in adults in the UK, mid-season figures suggest.

The nasal spray flu vaccine is 87% effective in children aged two to 17 against the main circulating flu strain, influenza A(H1N1)pmd09, Public Health England data indicates.

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25th January 2019

"HPV vaccine: Thousands of girls did not get full dose


One in three girls in some parts of the UK did not have their full vaccination at school against HPV, the virus that can cause cervical cancer, in 2017-18.

While the national target of immunising 80% of girls is being met, the rate varied between local authority areas.

In total 57,048 girls did not receive the two doses required for the vaccine to be effective."

Read more here (Source BBC News)

21st December 2018

"Flu jab: 'Vaccinate children to protect older people'


Parents are being urged to give young children the flu vaccine to protect older people from the "nasty illness".

Last year, only 43% of those eligible for the free flu vaccine in the Hywel Dda health board area had it.

It is hoped a new campaign which highlights the danger of flu for older people will help increase uptake of the vaccination in young children."

Read more here (Source BBC News)

29th November 2018

"Measles resurgence 'due to vaccine hesitancy', WHO warns


There has been a worldwide resurgence of measles, with many countries experiencing "severe and protracted" outbreaks last year, a report warns.

The World Health Organization data shows a rise in cases in almost every region of the world, with 30% more cases in 2017 than 2016.

Experts say complacency, collapsing health systems and a rise in fake news about the vaccine are behind the rise."

Read more here (Source BBC News)