Provision of Immunization Services

Vaccine Issue Arises at Republican Debate, to Doctors’ Dismay

When Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist in Tennessee, flicked on the television last night to catch the end of the Republican debate, he watched a scene that felt unsettlingly familiar: A candidate was talking about vaccines and autism.
 
Dr. Schaffner has spent much of his career trying to debunk the contention that childhood shots can cause serious medical conditions, but he had hoped that national soul-searching this year after an outbreak of measles at Disneyland had moved the country past some of these old notions.
 
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RDC: l'épidémie de rougeole au Katanga difficile à endiguer

L’épidémie de rougeole qui sévit depuis le début de l’année en République démocratique du Congo est l’une des plus meurtrières qu’ait connues le pays et elle continue sa progression. Depuis le mois de juin, Médecins sans frontières a déjà traité plus de 20 000 malades et vacciné plus de 300 000 enfants, mais la géographie du Katanga, dans le sud-est du pays, ne permet pas d’atteindre toutes les populations.
 
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J&J's Janssen strikes four-year, $28.5M government partnership to advance Ebola vaccine

While the most recent Ebola epidemic has been in decline, that doesn't mean that vaccine development has to wind down, too. Johnson & Johnson's ($JNJ) Janssen struck a four-year, $28.5 million government partnership to further the development of the Ebola jab on which Janssen is collaborating with Bavarian Nordic. Janssen awarded Bavarian Nordic $9 million in a subcontract, the latter announced Tuesday.
 
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Exemptions for Ontario kids not vaccinated for measles stays low

TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2015 /CNW/ - New research from Public Health Ontario (PHO) shows that rates of parents choosing not to immunize their kids for measles based on religious or conscientious objections is increasing. However, the total number of children not getting vaccinated due to exemptions remains low across the province.
 
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Scientists warn Malaria cases may increase

Scientists are warning that malaria cases in the country could see a rapid increase after a study was conducted on a highly aggressive invasive weed known scientifically as Parthenium hysterophorus, and locally as famine weed.
 
The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) says the weed could increase malaria incidents in East Africa since it has the ability to sustain the malaria-transmitting mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, by extending its life even in the absence of a blood meal.
 
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Why Public Schools Should Require the HPV Vaccine

If you live in Rhode Island and your children go to public school, they will need to be vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV. This is a new requirement—and not everyone likes it. Those who oppose the change point out that you catch HPV through sex, unlike infections like measles or whooping cough that you can catch if someone in the classroom has it and coughs on you. Why, they say, should the HPV vaccine be required for school?
 
Because it could save lives, that’s why.
 
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Mali : Lutte contre le Vih-Sida et le paludisme et pour la promotion de la planification familiale

L’Ong américaine « Futures Group » opère dans notre pays depuis plus d’une vingtaine d’années. Elle assiste le ministère de la Santé et de l’Hygiène publique dans la lutte contre le Vih/Sida et le paludisme et pour la promotion de la planification familiale. Prenant récemment le nom de « Palladiumgroup », l’Ong a amené plusieurs projets dans notre pays parmi lesquels le Projet des politiques de santé (HPP).

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FDA begging manufacturers to participate in global single audit pilot program

The international Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) to coordinate manufacturing facility inspections across 5 countries is not securing much participation from industry, much to the chagrin of the FDA. Only 45 manufacturing sites expressed interest in joining the program in its first year, out of a goal of 330 sites by the end of 2016.
 
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Three-day anti-polio drive begins amid strict security

LAHORE (Staff report) – Three day countrywide anti-polio drive is underway amid strict security of the Polio vaccination teams, reported the national news channel.
 
PTV World has reported that polio drops will be administered to children across the country in a three-day campaign. Polio vaccination teams will be accompanied with security officials for their protection.
 
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Merck's Zostavax not cost-effective for those in their 50s: Study

The CDC doesn't currently recommend Merck's ($MRK) shingles vaccine, Zostavax, for those between the ages of 50 and 60. And a new analysis of the vaccine's cost-effectiveness in that population suggests it should stay that way.
 
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