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RSV: Paediatricians call on government to expedite infant vaccination programme

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 20 March 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q706
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has called on the UK government not to wait until after the upcoming general election to approve an infant immunisation programme against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), so that babies can be protected next winter.

In June 2023 the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) recommended developing an RSV immunisation programme for infants and for older adults.1 It issued a fuller statement reiterating the advice in September 2023.2 But the government has yet to make a final decision on rolling out an RSV immunisation programme.

A letter signed by more than 2000 paediatricians and healthcare professionals says that the sooner a full RSV vaccination programme is implemented the more effective it will be and that it “could save child health services reaching breaking point.” It says that the UK risks falling behind other countries, such as Spain, that have already introduced RSV vaccination …

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