Measles

Pénuries de vaccins : les pharmaciens tirent la sonnette d'alarme

« C'est insupportable, comment peut-on manquer de vaccins en 2015 en France ? Si la situation dure des années, cela pourrait être dramatique en termes de santé publique, on a l'impression de devenir un pays sous-développé ». Voilà le cri de colère d'une pharmacienne installée à Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine, 92) face à la pénurie de vaccins qui sévit actuellement en Ile-de-France.
 
 
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Avant le sida, ces épidémies combattues avec succès par l’homme

Le sida sera-t-il éradiqué d’ici 2030? L’ONU a réaffirmé en juillet cet objectif, alors que le nombre d’infections a enregistré une baisse de 35% depuis 2000. "Nous allons vers une génération sans sida", s'est réjoui le 14 juillet le secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, lors d'une visite dans la capitale ethiopienne, Addis-Abeba.
 
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La Californie s'attaque au lobby des parents anti-vaccin

Une nouvelle loi vient d'être votée par le gouverneur de l'État où les réticences aux vaccins sont les plus fortes.
 
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Washington Woman's Measles Death Is First in US Since 2003

A Washington woman died from measles in the spring — the first measles death in the U.S. since 2003 and the first in the state since 1990, health officials said Thursday.
 
The woman lacked some of the measles' common symptoms, such as a rash, so the infection was not discovered until an autopsy, Washington State Department of Health spokesman Donn Moyer said.
 
This is the 11th case of measles in Washington — and the sixth in Clallam County — this year, Moyer said.
 
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Sudan OCHA Bulletin 24 - Ministry: Change Response to Sudan's Measles Outbreak

Khartoum — The Sudanese Ministry of Health reported that a change in the response to the measles epidemic is needed, stressing that vaccination campaigns should not only cover affected localities. The total number of deaths in 2015 has risen to 38.
 
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Measles in DRC: "A Genuine Epidemic Emergency"

The worst measles epidemic since 2011 continues to ravage Katanga Province in southern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). While vaccinations have made measles very rare in Western countries, it remains fatal for unprotected populations, especially children.
 
Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical coordinator Dr. Louis Albert Massing discusses the situation:
 
"A Huge Epidemic"
 
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De la pénurie à la controverse, le point sur la vaccination en France

Les difficultés d’approvisionnement depuis plusieurs mois de certains vaccins pédiatriques, couplées à des décisions de justice médiatisées et à une pétition relayée par les réseaux sociaux ont relancé le débat sur la vaccination des jeunes enfants en France. Vaccins obligatoires ou recommandés, en pénurie, critiqués… Le point sur une question sensible.
 
Quels vaccins sont obligatoires ou recommandés ?
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Measles may compromise immune systems for three years

A recent study by Princeton University researchers shows children’s immune systems may be compromised for up to three years after contracting the measles virus.
 
Health professionals have known for several years that measles weakens immune systems, but they previously believed that this weakness only lasted a few months. This study shows children who previously had measles are at a greater susceptibility to other serious illnesses for much longer.
 
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Vaccination is ‘safe, cheap, effective’, say doctors

Doctors have added their voices to a growing movement committed to wiping out measles in Europe.
 
This week, the WHO and national governments renewed their pledge to eliminate measles in Europe – something that has been achieved in many countries around the world already.
 
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“We cannot give up thefight to eliminate measles inEurope," said Dr KatrínFjeldsted, President of the Standing Committee of Doctors in Europe (known by its French acronym, CPME).
 
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To vaccinate or not to vaccinate—2015

For a retired pediatrician, the present discussion about vaccinations after the Disneyland measles outbreak brings back a deluge of memories. How times and, yes, people have changed.
 
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