England is a world leader in childhood vaccinations but PHE data show that while coverage remains high, children’s vaccine uptake has been slowly decreasing since 2012-13. This blog looks at 10 ways to address barriers to vaccination in primary care.
Mary Ramsay is a Consultant Epidemiologist and Head of the Immunisation, Hepatitis and Blood Safety department at Public Health England (PHE). She joined the then Centre for Disease Surveillance and Control (CDSC), Colindale as a Consultant in 1994 after training in Public Health Medicine and held an academic post at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School. She has been responsible for the national surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases since 1994 and since the move into PHE in 2013, has taken on additional responsibilities for the implementation of all vaccine programmes and the secretariat to the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. She is joint chief editor for the UK’s Immunisation against Infectious Disease (Green Book) and has been a temporary advisor to the WHO on immunisation policy.
There’s a simple reason vaccination is so important - it prevents disease and saves lives. And in terms of disease prevention, only clean water (also considered to be a basic human right) performs better. This week is European Immunisation Week, …