- The Hib booster campaign in 2003 helped re-establish herd immunity in the UK and should be done routinely, claims the Health Protection Agency. Researchers said there was a dramatic reduction in Hib cases the following year but a steady increase among toddlers after this 'supports the decision to introduce routine boosting'.
Archives of Disease in Childhood online first (2007) www.adc.bmj.com
- Nurses can help change the public's health-related behaviour, according to new NICE guidance. The guidelines set principles for planning and delivering activities to change behaviour.
See Update, p21
- Food hypersensitivity can have a significant impact on adolescents' lives, suggest Swedish nurse researchers who interviewed 17 teenagers. The authors said they disclosed feelings of frustration, sadness, embarrassment and anger over being food-hypersensitive.
BMC Nursing (2007) 6: www.biomedcentral.com
- Good handwashing with normal soap and water is an effective way of containing respiratory virus epidemics, according to researchers in Italy who looked at 51 studies.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2007) 4: www.cochrane.org
- Medlock Medical Ltd has recalled three batches of Steripaste Medicated Paste Bandages - 0708930, 07085932 and 07085673 - due to failed pouch seals, which pose a risk of microbial contamination.