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Our latest links to important infection control news
- New study reveals just how sick families with children can get
A new study by scientists at the University of Utah reveals that big families have viral infections for 87% of the year. The study is one of the first long-term studies to use modern diagnostics to track the presence of common viruses in kids and their families. The year-long research project kept track of viruses like influenza, parainfluenza and rhinovirus - the cause of the common cold.
- School leavers urged to get new meningitis vaccine
The Public Health Agency is encouraging school leavers and first-time university students to get the new meningococcal vaccine. GP practices will be inviting people born between 2 July 1996 and 1 July 1997 to have the Men ACWY vaccine. First-time university students up to the age of 25 will also be offered the jab.
- Scientists hail '100% effective' Ebola vaccine
"Ebola vaccine is 'potential game-changer'," says BBC News, while the Daily Mail cites a "100% effective jab" for the disease. These headlines stem from early results of a trial investigating the effects of an Ebola vaccine during the most recent outbreak of the virus in west Africa.
- World Hepatitis Day – get tested and prevent the spread
To mark World Hepatitis Day today [28 July], the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people who think they may be at risk of hepatitis B or C infection in particular to get tested and prevent the spread. Viral hepatitis kills 4,000 people every day worldwide and it is estimated 400 million people across the globe are infected.
- President of the United States makes proclamation on World Hepatitis Day
"As President, I am committed to advancing the fight against viral hepatitis infections. Today, we renew our commitment to those impacted by hepatitis and to all those we have lost to this disease. Let us resolve to break the silence surrounding hepatitis, and redouble our efforts to defeat it in all its forms." Read the full proclamation from President Obama on AIDS.gov