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

Country requirements for an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP): key changes for 2018

TravelHealthPro has been updated to reflect updates to yellow fever recommendations and certificate requirements Read more

Imported malaria cases in the United Kingdom in 2017

Public Health England publishes 2017 imported UK malaria cases Read more

Public Health England post-exposure rabies treatment guidance published

Updated guidelines on rabies post-exposure treatment Read more

PHE update Yellow fever - Chapter 35 of the Green Book

Public Health England publishes update to Immunisation against infectious disease (Green Book) Yellow fever chapter online on 14 June 2018 Read more
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