NICE issues immunisation guidance to boost uptake levels

NICE has issued the first guidance on the uptake of immunisations, in an attempt to tackle inequalities across England.

The guidance, published today, is aimed at increasing the number of children and young people under the age of 19 who are up-to-date with their vaccinations.

The guidance makes recommendations applying to all vaccinations and specifically recommendations about the vaccination programme for babies born to mother who are hepatitis B-positive.

NICE states that PCTs and practices should have a structured, systemic method in place for recording, maintaining and transferring accurate information on the vaccination status of all children and young people.

Professor Catherine Law, chairman of the public health interventions advisory committee at NICE, said: ‘This new guidance, for those who have a role in immunisation, makes recommendations which aim to increase the uptake in groups and settings where immunisation levels are currently low.'

Dr David Elliman, a consultant community paediatrician at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, added: ‘Although immunisation rates are rising, there is still a way to go before all PCTs have achieved the desired public health targets.'



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