Freshers urged to get meningitis and septicaemia jab

New figures show less than a fifth of young people have received the MenW vaccine so far this year. School leavers, particularly those going to university or college this month, are being strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against meningococcal disease after figures released today (Monday 19 September) showed less than a fifth of young people … Read more

EU supports Zika research with €10 million

The European Commission is today releasing €10 million for research on the Zika virus, currently affecting large parts of Latin America. The most affected country is Brazil, where the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that the recent cluster of severe brain malformations in new-borns may be linked to the virus. While the risk of … Read more

Older people encouraged to get vaccinated to avoid painful shingles

PHE’s call for eligible people to get vaccine comes after figures show drop in coverage. Public Health England (PHE) is reminding eligible older people to get the shingles vaccine to help prevent the painful infection. New figures have shown a drop in vaccine coverage. From 1 September 2015, the shingles vaccine has been offered to … Read more

National childhood immunisation programme boosted by MenB vaccine

PHE hails the start of a new vaccination programme, which offers young children protection against meningococcal group B (MenB) disease. From 1 September 2015, the MenB vaccination will be added to the NHS Childhood Immunisation Programme in England. The vaccine will help protect children against this devastating disease which can cause meningitis (an infection of the protective … Read more

Eligible groups for shingles vaccine announced

The PHE announcement follows a letter issued to healthcare professionals about eligibility for the 2015 to 2016 vaccination programme. Public Health England (PHE) has announced the groups eligible to receive the shingles vaccine from the start of September for the 2015 to 2016 vaccination programme. From 1 September 2015, the shingles vaccine will be offered … Read more