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Safe storage and handling of vaccines

19 February 2014

Nursing Standard


Safe vaccine storage and handling is essential to ensure that the ‘cold chain’ that refrigerates the vaccine at a temperature between +2°C and +8°C is maintained...

Pandemic influenza: the primary care challenge

02 November 2009

Primary Health Care


The UK is on the precipice of the second wave of a global influenza pandemic that will have a massive impact on all primary healthcare services. Primary prevention...

Why immunisation training matters

17 July 2018

Primary Health Care


Vaccines are highly effective at reducing infectious disease and are recognised by the World Health Organization as second only to clean water at effectively...

The medicines refrigerator and the importance of the cold chain in the safe storage of medicines

04 October 2017

Nursing Standard


The medicines refrigerator is a common piece of equipment found in clinical areas. It is used to ensure specific medicines are safely stored within a narrow...

Mosquito-borne infections and UK travellers

28 June 2016

Primary Health Care


Mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting a significant number of infections around the globe. Vaccines or chemoprophylaxis can protect against very few of theses...

Attitudes and beliefs of healthcare workers about influenza vaccination

06 March 2019

Nursing Older People


Background Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all healthcare workers (HCWs) to help reduce the risk of contracting the virus and transmitting it to...

Understanding the health risks of varicella zoster virus in pregnancy

15 March 2019

Primary Health Care


Varicella zoster virus (VZV) is a common illness that causes varicella (chickenpox) and shingles. It is prevalent mostly during childhood but there are additional...

Applying public health theory to practice in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

09 November 2021

Primary Health Care

public health messaging

Public health has a long history and a contested meaning. Furthermore, public health operates in a social context and its messages may be rejected by the public....

Meeting the challenges of cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination in the UK

27 October 2021

Primary Health Care

cervical screening

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women worldwide, despite also being one of the most preventable and treatable. Most deaths from cervical...

Factors contributing to parental ‘vaccine hesitancy’ for childhood immunisations

01 June 2020

Nursing Children and Young People

literature review

Childhood immunisations have contributed to saving millions of lives worldwide. However, a growing number of parents are declining immunisations, while other parents...