03 May 2017

Viral Hepatitis update

WHO publishes the Global Hepatitis Report 2017 and the UK adds hepatitis B vaccination to its routine childhood immunisation schedule Viral Hepatitis update

The WHO Global Hepatitis Report was published in April 2017.  The report describes the global and regional estimates on viral hepatitis in 2015, focusing on hepatitis B and C, which are responsible for 96% of all hepatitis mortality.

This report provides a baseline for tracking progress in implementing new strategies towards the elimination of hepatitis worldwide [1].

Additionally a change is planned for the UK routine immunisation schedule. Babies born on or after 1 August will be offered a pentavalent vaccine (providing protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and hepatitis B virus) as part of the routine childhood immunisation schedule [2].  Further details will be provided through future issues of Vaccine Update.

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Confirmed cases of Nipah virus infection(NiV) including fatalities and hospital admissions, have been reported in the southern state of Kerala Read more

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Democratic Republic of Congo

Update on case numbers and advice for travellers Read more

Polio: Public Health Emergency of International Concern

An update on the polio Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) Read more

Yellow fever outbreak in Brazil: further expansion to risk areas- May 2018

Risk areas expanded to include the entire States of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul (south Brazil) Read more

Hajj 1439

Hajj 1439H – estimated dates for this years Hajj pilgrimage Read more
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