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The latest recommendations, reports, publications, guidelines, national resources and major public health initiatives.
- Pregnant women urged to get whooping cough vaccine
The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding women who are 28 weeks pregnant or more to get the whooping cough vaccine as it can protect the newborn baby in their first weeks of life against whooping cough. There has been an increase in the number of cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in Northern Ireland, with 79 confirmed cases so far this year.
- Antimicrobial resistance report recognises efforts made by primary care in Wales
A new report has been published by Public Health Wales' Antimicrobial Resistance Programme Surveillance Unit, that explores Antibacterial Usage in Primary Care in Wales from 2005-2015. It found that progress has been made in antimicrobial prescribing and changing antibacterial use, with a reduction in overall usage over the last two years, and more specifically a reduction in the use of agents associated with C. difficile.
- Infectious disease assessment for migrants now available as an online toolkit
Guidance on infectious disease assessment for migrants is now available as a user-friendly toolkit on the HPSC website. The purpose of these guidelines is to offer best practice advice in relation to assessment of common infectious diseases in migrants. They are intended for use by any healthcare professional involved in consultation with migrants in settings such as primary care, specialist services for migrants, antenatal clinics, prison medical services or hospitals.
- WHO releases twentieth Global Tuberculosis Report
The fight against tuberculosis is paying off, with this year's death rate nearly half of what it was in 1990 according to WHO's Global Tuberculosis Report 2015, which was released on 28 October. Nevertheless, 1.5 million people died from TB in 2014. Most of these deaths could have been prevented.
- UK and China start global fund to tackle drug-resistant infections
The UK and China will establish the Global Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) Research Innovation Fund and encourage further investment from other governments and the private sector, helping to address one of the greatest problems facing the world of medicine today.