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1. Group A streptococcal infections: second update on activity during the 2016 to 2017 season
Public Health England continues to monitor notifications of scarlet fever cases in England following the high levels recorded last spring. A second update on group A streptococcus activity for the current 2016/17 season , indicates that this is the fourth successive season of elevated scarlet fever activity, albeit with a later peak in notifications compared with the previous three seasons. Invasive disease rates have fallen from the levels seen earlier in the season.
2. Vaccine coverage and vaccine-preventable disease reports in this issue of HPR
The following four infection reports are published in this issue of HPR. The links below are to the relevant webpage collections.
2.1 Vaccine coverage (England) reports
- Quarterly vaccination coverage statistics for children aged up to five years in the UK (COVER programme): October to December 2016
- Preliminary vaccine coverage estimates for the new meningococcal B (MenB) immunisation programme for England, update to the end of February 2017