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

E.coli advice for travellers to Egypt

Public Health England has issued advice to people travelling to Egypt Read more

DRC: Ebola outbreak declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

The meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director General under International Health Regulations took place on Wednesday 17 July 2019 Read more

Ghana: updated recommendations for polio vaccination

Circulating vaccine derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV) has been detected in an environmental sample during routine surveillance Read more

Rabies case in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

A case of human rabies as been reported following exposure to a bat on Vancouver Island Read more

Philippines: falsified rabies vaccines and rabies immunoglobulin- update

World Health Organization issue a second alert about circulating falsified rabies vaccine and rabies immunoglobulin in the Philippines Read more
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