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Italy embraces ‘life-course immunisation’

By Editor December 19th, 2014 0 Comments

Health professionals in Italy have come together to help to redesign the Italian vaccination schedule. The new approach puts greater emphasis on "life-course immunisation" and provides recommendations for people of all ages. Dr Anna Odone, Unit of Public Health, University of Parma, said the previous version of the schedule paid too little attention to adults.

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How are vaccines developed?

By Editorial board December 16th, 2014 0 Comments

Before a vaccine is developed it undergoes rigorous testing. Vaccines are subject to even tougher standards than medicines – more people are included in clinical trials and safety standards are very high. A new vaccine is first tested in a very small group of people to rule out major safety problems and helps doctors work

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Adult immunisation: keeping us healthier for longer

By Gary Finnegan December 16th, 2014 0 Comments

Experts say vaccines have a key role to play in keeping Europe’s ageing population in good health. Gary Finnegan reports from the European Public Health Conference in Glasgow. "The good news is we are living longer," says Dr Daphne Holt, Vice President of the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO). "The bad news is we’ll have

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Decisions, decisions…how we make healthy choices

By Editor December 14th, 2014 0 Comments

"Decisions about anything – from vaccines to what we have for breakfast – are influenced by what information we have. But we don’t usually have all the information so, largely, decisions are influenced by how that information feels." David Ropeik, risk communication expert and author of ‘How risky is it really?’, says decision-making is a

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