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

Public Health England updated vaccine incident guidance

PHE have published updated guidance on responding to errors in vaccine storage, handling or administration Read more

New team member

NaTHNaC welcomes Dr MacGregor Read more

‘Current aspects of travel health’ course Dec 2019

A single day update for health professionals will be held on 12 December in London Read more

Ghana: new outbreak of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus (cVDPV)

The first case circulating vaccine derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been reported in Ghana Read more

Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Democratic Republic of Congo and update to Uganda

The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak continues in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Read more
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