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

Polio: Public Health Emergency of International Concern

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

Change to yellow fever vaccination certificate requirement for French Guiana

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is now required for all travellers aged 1 year or over going to French Guiana Read more

South Africa – Malaria: updated risk areas and advice

The risk areas for malaria transmission in South Africa have been reviewed by the South African authorities resulting in changes to guidance for UK travellers Read more

Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Democratic Republic of Congo

Update on case numbers and advice for travellers Read more

West Nile virus transmission season 2018

An early start to the transmission season and an upsurge of human cases in Europe and neighbouring countries is reported Read more
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