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Switching from the current vaccine against cervical cancer to one used in America and over Europe could save the NHS millions of pounds according to an analysis by the Health Protection Agency.
GlaxoSmithKlein won the contract to supply the vaccine Cevarix in 2008. The decision was met with dismay by many sexual health doctors who expected the rival vaccine, Gardasil, produced by Sanofi Pasteur MSD, to win the contract. Gardasil protects against four strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) which can trigger cervical cancer, where as the current vaccine only protects …

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MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureu) cases are now at a record low – according to the latest data from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
25 acute NHS trusts have now been free from any outbreaks of the superbug MRSA for the past twelve months.  Taking all the NHS trusts in England into account, there were less than 100 infections reported in any given month of last year.
Incidents of another superbug, Clostridium difficile (C. diff) are also down by 16 per cent from the previous year – from 2,001 to 1,681 across England’s …

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 The abolition of the Health Protection Agency has been delayed until after the Olympic games amidst concerns for public safety.
The axing of the NHS’s main public health body was due to take place in July 2012, weeks before the games begin. However, it has been decided that it is too risky to make such drastic changes, which will affect thousands of staff, and could compromise emergency responses, during the world’s biggest sporting event due to take place in London.
A document released by the government, scheduling the transition of the HPA …

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The Health Protection Agency (HPA) have issued a warning to any Brits planning to travel to Germany within the foreseeable future.
Germany is believed to be the source of the recent E-coli outbreak but as yet, despite several cases being reported within the UK, it is not thought that any of them have origins here.
Generally E-coli will cause diarrhoea and pass within seven days as most people carry harmless strains within their intestines. However, the current strain seems to contain Haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) which is a serious condition that can …

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Figures have revealed that more than 330 cases of measles were reported across England and Wales within the first 3 months of this year, almost as many as the whole of last year. At the same time it has been revealed that MMR vaccines are down.
Data from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) confirms that 334 cases of measles were reported in England and Wales by the end of April compared to 33 cases in the same period last year. In comparison, only 374 cases were reported throughout the whole of …