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Vaccination for tomorrow: the need to improve immunisation rates.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20397551     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Since the 1998 health scare about measles mumps and rubella (MMR) immunisation, vaccination rates for measles have suffered. Although these recovered for a brief period in 2004-05, they have stalled again and latest figures suggest that only 85% of children are now immunised against this disease. The UK has become one of the five countries in the European Union with the highest measles rates. Meanwhile the wider picture indicates that other vaccination rates, including for seasonal influenza, are not meeting targets. This is a potential sign that the MMR scare and myths around immunisation are setting a worrying trend of some people losing confidence in the practice of vaccination. The UK has expanded its childhood immunisation programme to include the human papilloma virus vaccine (HPV) which protects against some types of cervical cancer. New life-saving vaccines for diseases, including meningococcal B meningitis (a strain of meningitis not yet covered by the existing vaccination programme), shingles and hepatitis C will soon become available. It is therefore important that information is available to the general public about the excellent safety record and benefits of vaccination to ensure that as many people as possible can take advantage of these new vaccines. This article explores the current uptake of, and attitudes towards, vaccination programmes and discusses some myths about immunisation. It suggests that community health care teams with access to adults, including parents of children and young people who need vaccination, are well placed to help challenge some of these myths and promote the benefits of immunisation. Practical suggestions are included on how this can be achieved.
George Kassianos
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of family health care     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1474-9114     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Health Care     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-19     Completed Date:  2010-04-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101142028     Medline TA:  J Fam Health Care     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  13-6     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Great Britain / epidemiology
Health Education / organization & administration*
Health Services Needs and Demand
Immunization Programs
Mass Media
Measles / epidemiology,  prevention & control
Meningococcal Infections / epidemiology,  prevention & control
Parents* / education,  psychology
Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Poliomyelitis / epidemiology,  prevention & control
Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
School Nursing / organization & administration
Vaccination* / nursing,  psychology,  statistics & numerical data
World Health
Comment In:
J Fam Health Care. 2010;20(1):4   [PMID:  20397548 ]

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