Pneumococcal Pneumonia

The world needs made-in-China vaccines, despite a recent spate of deaths

China’s ambition to become a major player in vaccines has hit a snag: the deaths of 17 newborn infants who had just received Chinese-made hepatitis B vaccines.

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Afghanistan introduces PCV13 into routine immunization schedule

Afghanistan has introduced the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine into their routine immunization schedule, and will begin vaccinating over 1.2 million children, according to the GAVI Alliance.

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Pneumonia in kids

Study supports narrow-spectrum approach to pneumonia in kids
Narrow-spectrum antibiotics were associated with a 10-hour shorter hospital stay compared with broad-spectrum therapy for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in children—an 18% drop—according to a multicenter retrospective cohort study yesterday in Pediatrics.
 
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Pneumonia on the rise as temperature dips

With the temperature going down by several notches in the past few days, the number of patients with pneumonia and cold related ailments has been rising at Kanti Bal Hospital. 
 
The flow of patients has risen two folds in the last one month and the hospital expects more of such patients in the coming days. Ailing children from across the country come to the hospital as the institution is the only children hospital in country. 
 
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Children in Yolanda-hit areas to receive free vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH) launched on Friday, November 22, a mass vaccination campaign to be carried out in areas affected by the Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

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Routine immunization: an essential but wobbly platform

One-third of the way through the so-called Decade of Vaccines, this is an exciting time for immunization. The World Health Assembly has endorsed a Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP),1 in which immunization is to be extended as a human right beyond infancy across the entire life cycle. Powerful new life-saving vaccines against some causes of pneumonia and diarrhea, the biggest contributors to child mortality, are being introduced. With a global sense of purpose and vastly increased resources, new partners have entered the vaccine and immunization arena.

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Storm-hit Philippines faces risk of diarrhoea, tetanus -MSF

The risk of skin disease, diarrhoea and tetanus are high in storm-hit central Philippines where homes have been flattened and most of the health infrastructure damaged, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Sunday.

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Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety

From the WHO Global Vaccine Safety webpage:

"The Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) was established in 1999 to respond promptly, efficiently, and with scientific rigour to vaccine safety issues of potential global importance.

The Committee provides independent, authoritative, scientific advice to WHO on vaccine safety issues of global or regional concern with the potential to affect in the short or long term national immunization programmes."

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Task Force on Immunization in Africa

From the Task Force on Immunization (TIF) in Africa website:

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