Vaccination

Health written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Conservative, Reigate

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has to update its guideline on reducing differences in the uptake of immunisation, published in September 2009; whether the guideline will be extended to include uptake in people over the age of 18 years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is an independent body and is responsible for the review of its existing guidance.

NICE published public health guidance on “Reducing differences in the uptake of immunisations” in 2009 and reviewed the need to update the guidance in consultation with stakeholders in late 2012. NICE announced in February 2013 its conclusion that the guidance did not need to be updated at that time.

I understand that NICE intends to review again the need to update the guidance in 2015. Further information will be made available at:

www.nice.org.uk/Guidance/PH21

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