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Published: Apr 26, 2013 2:30:00 PM
Senior Lecturer at the Centre, Dr Pat Tookey, was interviewed on the BBC News Channel, and participated in a 3-way live radio discussion on Voice of Russia. More...
Published: Mar 21, 2013 1:02:43 PM
In January 2013 Anna Pearce commences an MRC Population Health Scientist fellowship. Her research will take a longitudinal and cross-national approach to gain a better understanding of why children from disadvantaged backgrounds experience poorer health than those from more advantaged backgrounds. Anna will spend the next three years researching this topic, including 12 months at the University of Adelaide. Findings will be used to inform UK and international policy for the reduction of child health inequalities. More...
Published: Jan 11, 2013 3:57:13 PM
The latest figures for uptake of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine show that 91% of two year old children in England have received the vaccine. This is the first time since 1998 that MMR vaccine rates have been higher than 90%. In 1998 a publication in the Lancet, which was widely interpreted as suggesting MMR vaccine was linked with autism and bowel disease, led to widespread media coverage and speculation about the safety of this vaccine. Many parents who were justifiably concerned, decided not to accept the vaccine for their children. Rates fell to a low of 78% overall but in many districts, particularly in inner London, rates were as low as 50%. We are continuing to see the results of this, with large outbreaks of measles once again in England. More...
Published: Nov 28, 2012 3:24:55 PM
Centre Director, Catherine Law, gave the opening plenary lecture at the International Society of Social Paediatrics and Child Health’s conference in St Andrews on 6th September 2012. The theme for the conference was “evidence into practice and evidence into policy”. More...
Published: Sep 11, 2012 2:15:40 PM
If a woman acquires rubella during early pregnancy she can pass the infection on to
her fetus. A baby born with congenital rubella may have many
associated problems, including deafness and damage to the eye and
heart. Congenital rubella is now extremely rare in the UK because of a highly effective immunisation programme.
Through the National Congenital Rubella Surveillance Programme we collect information about
any new cases of congenital rubella in order to help to monitor the effectiveness of the
rubella immunisation programme.
Principal investigator: Pat Tookey
More information: BPSU website
Rubella in England, Scotland and Wales. Euro Surveill, 2004
Rubella susceptibility among pregnant women in North London, 1996-1999. J
Public Health Medicine, 2002;
Surveillance of congenital rubella in Great Britain, 1971-96. BMJ, 1999
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