Haemophilus Influenzae (including Hib)

Task Force on Immunization in Africa

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

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ACIP approves 2014 [US] adult immunization schedule

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted unanimously to approve the 2014 adult immunization schedule.

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Casi 250 millones de niños de países pobres serán inmunizados entre 2011 y 2015

Alrededor de 243 millones de niños de países en desarrollo serán inmunizados en el quinquenio 2011-2015 gracias a la Alianza Mundial para la Inmunización y la Vacunación (GAVI Alliance, según su denominación en inglés), de la que forman parte los Estados donantes y receptores, la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS),

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The growth of global immunisation

Immunisation has been one of the great success stories of global health. It is estimated to prevent the deaths of two to three million children each year. But another 1.5 million children still die from diseases that could be prevented by routine vaccines.

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Pentavalent vaccine gets clean chit, set for national scale-up

The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) has recommended scale-up of the pentavalent vaccine across the country, along with activities to monitor potential adverse effects.

The recommendation comes within days of the Supreme Court issuing notice to the Centre on a PIL petition filed by Dr. Yogesh Jain alleging that the vaccine had serious adverse effects on children, and in the face of stiff resistance to the vaccine.

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Senegal commits to free health care for children five years old and younger

As part of its “A Promise Renewed” initiative, Senegal announced on October 1 a commitment to make health care services free for children under five to try to decrease the child mortality rate.

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Indonesia introduces pentavalent vaccine for children

Indonesia recently announced an ambitious plan to vaccinate children against five major diseases throughout the country’s 6,000 inhabited islands by the end of 2014, thanks to the help of the GAVI Alliance.

GAVI will support Indonesia’s plan to buy the pentavalent vaccine from Bio Farma, a national vaccine supplier based in Bandung, Indonesia. The vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type B.

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Nanoparticle vaccine offers better protection: Particles that deliver vaccines directly to mucosal surfaces could defend against many infectious diseases

Many viruses and bacteria infect humans through mucosal surfaces, such as those in the lungs, gastrointestinal tract and reproductive tract. To help fight these pathogens, scientists are working on vaccines that can establish a front line of defense at mucosal surfaces.

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The sad story of a good vaccine

Lax monitoring, poor public engagement and inadequate training to vaccinators have dealt a serious blow to the crucial pentavalent immunisation programme.

The Pentavalent vaccine, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest addition to the immunisation programme, has run into a storm. The Supreme Court has sent a notice to the Ministry asking why the vaccine should not be banned in the country.

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