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.

Resources

Travel Health Competence conference June 2017

Conference with RCN on 24th June 2017 is now full (waiting list only) Read more

Summer Holiday Travel 2017

A reminder to check out country specific and general travel health advice in preparation for the summer holiday season Read more

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in ticks in Spain

CCHF virus has been detected in ticks in the regions of Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla and León, and Madrid Read more

India added as a moderate risk area for Zika virus transmission

Zika virus advice for travellers to India updated, pregnant women should consider postponing non-essential travel until after the pregnancy Read more

Polio: Public Health Emergency of International Concern- update

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