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Cape babies at risk as vaccines run low

Thousands of babies and young children in the Western Cape are at risk of contracting serious contagious diseases as the provincial Department of Health ran out of some vaccines as far back as five months ago.

Department spokesperson Faiza Steyn confirmed there was a shortage of oral polio vaccine, measles and hepatitis B vaccines across clinics in the province, a shortage that stemmed from the national immunisation programme.

There were also reports of a shortage of the BCG vaccine, which protects against TB.

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Another Measles Outbreak In A Religious Community

From North Texas back to Northern Europe: A measles outbreak that began at the end of May 2013 in the Netherlands continues, having hit 1,266 people and resulting in 90 cases of pneumonia, one case of encephalitis, and 82 hospital admissions. That’s a 6.5% hospitalization rate in a developed country with good medical care and clean water and quite similar to the rates in the recent outbreak in Wales.

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Outbreaks Make a Case for Vaccinations

A measles outbreak in a North Texas megachurch, where vaccinations were discouraged, and soaring rates of whooping cough across the state are drawing renewed calls for immunization legislation, which some lawmakers and medical professionals argue would help the state prevent and respond to public health crises.

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Meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE)

The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization was established by the Director-General of the World Health Organization in 1999 to provide guidance on the work of the WHO Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Department. SAGE is the principal advisory group to WHO for vaccines and immunization. It is charged with advising WHO on overall global policies and strategies, ranging from vaccines and technology, research and development, to delivery of immunization and its linkages with other health interventions. SAGE is concerned not just with childhood vaccines and immunization, but all vaccine-preventable diseases.
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New iPhone App Helps Parents Get the Right Vaccine Information

When I was pregnant with my daughter in 2007/2008, the anti-vaccine movement was strong and hadn’t been fully debunked. My daily – hourly – thoughts revolved around the fear of a C-section. I was also consumed with doubts as to what we would do once I gave birth and my husband and I were responsible for meeting the baby’s daily needs.

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Philippines DOH begins high school vaccination program

Philippines DOH begins high school vaccination program

 

August 27, 2013 -- The Philippines Department of Health is bringing a school-based adolescent vaccination program for public high school students in some cities to eliminate the emergence of vaccine-preventable diseases, the DOH said on Wednesday.

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Endangering the Herd

Endangering the Herd

 

What if a mother decided not to vaccinate her daughter for measles, based on rumors that the vaccine causes autism, and her daughter gets the disease at the age of 4 and passes it to a 1-year-old, who is too young for the vaccine, at her day care center. And what if that baby dies?   

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