In December 2019 an novel coronavirus was reported among patients in China. The virus has since been named SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome- Coronavirus- 2). The disease it causes is named COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 19 (’19’ after the year 2019 in which it was first discovered). This virus causes, like other coronaviruses, causes common cold […]
The complete routine immunisation schedule is updated whenever changes are made to the national programme. It is vital that all staff involved in advising or giving immunisations is aware of the current schedule and has a copy of this to hand. The latest version can be accessed here.
It is not always possible to know a patient’s previous immunisation history however it is important to ensure that they are fully protected against vaccine preventable diseases.This document, created by Public Health England, is invaluable in assisting immunisers in their decisions regarding which vaccines to give to individuals who have uncertain or incomplete immunisation records. […]
The Health and Social Care Act 2008: code of practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance
The Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance (2015) is the seminal text on infection prevention and control for all organisations. The Care Quality Commission, who regulate and inspect all healthcare providers, use this document to measure compliance and quality of an organisation’s […]
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