Provision of Immunization Services

Polio, Measles drive kicks off in tribal belt

PESHAWAR / DI KHAN, PAKISTAN: 
Around 1.7 million children will be administered measles and polio vaccines in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas during an ongoing immunisation drive.
 
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Single Cholera Vaccine Dose May Slow Cholera Epidemics

When it comes to a vaccine to prevent cholera, one dose may be as good as two. That is the finding of a new study whose authors say the strategy would make a new vaccine that is in short supply go further.
 
The World Health Organization is stockpiling 2 million doses of a recently licensed oral cholera vaccine to prevent the severe diarrheal illness.  
 
An estimated 1.4 billion people around the world, according to the WHO, are at risk for contracting the water-borne illness, making the stockpile woefully inadequate to meet the need.
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Scripps Research Institute, J&J test 'universal' flu vaccine in mice, monkeys

The NIAID may have posted 94% efficacy in mice for its investigational "universal" flu vaccine, but The Scripps Research Institute and partner Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) are hot on its heels. Scripps announced Monday that its most advanced candidate fully protected mice in a lethal challenge. They also conducted a sublethal challenge, where the vaccine reduced fever in monkeys.
 
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Betting on Better Data

When you mention innovation, most people immediately think of the latest app that tracks daily life with pinpoint precision, or costly new technologies like Google Glass that just a decade ago would have been considered impossible.
 
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Cholera Vaccine: Reduction to Single Dose May Save Lives

Vaccination campaigns that use a single dose of oral cholera vaccine (OCV) may be able to prevent more deaths than the standard two-dose campaign, according to a modeling study published online August 25 in PLOS Medicine. Such a strategy may be especially important when vaccine supplies are limited or when an outbreak is characterized by complex logistics.
 
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NIAID funds Soligenix with $2.7M in ricin vaccine effort

If this week's collaborations are any indication, the U.S. government isn't taking bioterror threats lightly.

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Inovio's MERS vaccine shows 100% protection in mice, camels, monkeys

Since 2012, 1,118 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have been reported in Saudi Arabia and 483 people have died, but there is no vaccine that might head off an outbreak.

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Researchers develop promising DNA vaccine for MERS

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a DNA vaccine that can protect against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). This is the first synthetic vaccine that has been shown to induce protective immunity against the virus in animals, the researchers say.
 
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Odisha: More than 3,000 govt school students test positive for malaria in Kandhamal

Berhampur (Odisha): As many as 3,434 students of government-run residential schools in Kandhamal district of Odisha have tested positive for malaria.
 
"The affected students have been administered drugs. The health officials are keeping a watch on their condition," said Kandhamal District Collector Yamini Sarangi.
 
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WHO: Pakistan, Afghanistan must step up fight against polio

GENEVA –  Pakistan and Afghanistan must intensify efforts to halt spread of the crippling poliovirus, including better screening of travelers heading abroad, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
 
The WHO emergency committee of experts warned in a statement that vaccinations of international air travelers in Afghanistan are not being tracked "and no exit screening and restriction of unvaccinated travelers has been implemented at international airports".
 
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