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

Cyclospora in travellers returning from Mexico

A cluster of cases of Cyclospora infection in travellers who have recently returned from Mexico Read more

Anti-malaria tablets: one brand of atovaquone/proguanil to be available to purchase without prescription

A brand of anti-malaria tablet, previously available by prescription only, will shortly be available from pharmacies as an Over the Counter (OTC) medicine Read more

BCG vaccine availability

BCG supply has resumed for those who are eligible to receive vaccine Read more

Health requirements for Hajj and Umra pilgrims 2017

The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have published their requirements and recommendations for pilgrims and seasonal workers Read more

Summer travel food and hygiene reminder 2017

Tips on the prevention of food and water borne illness during travel Read more
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