PHE Data week: Immunisation in numbers – 5 fascinating facts
1) We’ve seen 99.9% reductions in infections like diphtheria and Haemophilus influenzae type b
2) 39 vaccines have been introduced in the UK
3) 77% decline in rotavirus infections in babies
For new parents, seeing their baby hospitalised is a nightmare scenario. But since 2013 this situation has been avoided for thousands of families due to the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine. Rotavirus is a common cause of vomiting & diarrhoea in children under five, which prior to vaccination was responsible for thousands of hospitalisations every year.
4) We’ve had 535,000+ visits to the Green Book in the last year
Have you heard of ‘The Green Book’? Thousands of health professionals certainly have, as our guide to vaccines and vaccination procedures is one of the most popular pages on PHE’s website receiving well over half a million page views in the last year.
5) Vaccines can protect people who haven’t been vaccinated
A pilot programme last year showed vaccinating children against flu had dual benefit; as well as protecting them it protects others, such as parents, grandparents and siblings.