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a vaccination syringes image cbAugust 14 2017

The Scottish Government has published updated details for several directed enhanced services relating to vaccination. Public Health Wales has also published information around introducing hepatitis B vaccine into the regular vaccine schedule for infants.

 A series of NHS Circulars in Scotland cover the:

  • Influenza and pneumococcal immunisation DES
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Immunisation Scheme - Year 5 DES
  • Meningitis B (Men B) infant vaccination programme DES

These follow on from announcements last week relating to the upcoming seasonal flu vaccination programme.

Public Health Wales has issued details on the introduction of the hexavalent, DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB, (6:1) vaccine which includes protection against hepatitis B in to the routine schedule for infants.

Welsh Health Circular WHC (2017) 039 follows on from the previous WHC (2017) 022 “which initially outlined the change from Pediacel and Infanrix/IPV+Hib to Infanrix hexa for routine childhood immunisations at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age for children born on or after August 1 2017.”

“Health professionals are reminded that there is no change to the timing of the vaccines given as part of the routine schedule as the new hexavalent (6:1) vaccine is a direct replacement for the previous pentavalent (5:1) vaccine; however there are changes to the selective schedule for babies born to hepatitis B infected mothers,” said PHW.

Links:
SEHD Influenza and pneumococcal immunisation directed enhanced service        
SEHD Shingles (herpes zoster) immunisation scheme: year 5 directed enhanced service     
SEHD Meningitis B (Men B) infant vaccination programme directed enhanced service         
PHW announcement WHC (2017) 039 Hepatitis B for babies         
Today’s GP coverage of flu vaccination announcements  

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