21 Apr 2017

Vaccines in the news: product shortages

Update on vaccine availability and risk assessment for pre-travel vaccination Vaccines in the news: product shortages

NaTHNaC is aware that vaccine shortages occur occasionally for a variety of reasons. We have published a factsheet: Vaccine supply, shortages and use of unlicensed medicines to support health professions advising travellers when vaccine availability is limited.

Advice for travellers

Ideally, visit your GP, travel clinic or pharmacy at least four to six weeks before you travel. Your health professional can tell you about current availability of travel vaccines and advise you of any measures you need to take to minimise travel related risks. 

Advice for health professionals

Health professionals experiencing difficulties obtaining vaccines are encouraged to contact their usual supplier for information and advice.

When vaccine supplies are restricted, health professionals should prioritise vaccine use; an effective risk assessment will ensure vaccine recommendations are appropriate, help identify higher risk travellers, and give priority to those who are most vulnerable.

Public Health England regularly publishes a free newsletter: Vaccine update which health professionals can subscribe to. 

Resources

Measles in Europe

A reminder for travellers to be up to date with measles vaccine Read more

Legionnaires’ disease in Dubai

Legionnaires’ disease reported in travellers visiting Dubai Read more

European cluster of cases of hepatitis A

Outbreaks of hepatitis A have been reported in Europe mostly affecting men who have sex with men (MSM) Read more

Yellow fever outbreak in Brazil: Update

Risk areas expanded further to include whole of Rio de Janeiro state, Sao Paulo state excluding Sao Paulo city and new areas in Bahia state Read more
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