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Zostavax shingles vaccine available on Danish market

Following a number of obstacles, the shingles vaccine Zostavax, which was developed by Merck, was recently approved for sale on the Danish market.
 
The vaccine, which as registered in 2006 but did not come to market due to limited production capacity, is approved for patients over the age of 50 to prevent shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster.
 
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Study finds herpes zoster vaccine effective after chemotherapy

A study published on Tuesday revealed that the herpes zoster vaccine continues to be effective in protecting older adults from shingles even after they undergo chemotherapy.
 
The study, conducted by Kaiser Permanente, was published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
 
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Vaccins contre la varicelle et le zona : pas de recommandation spécifique pour les voyageurs

L'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) vient de publier une note de synthèse concernant les vaccins contre la varicelle et le zona dans le Relevé épidémiologique hebdomadaire.
 
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The ethical negligence of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children

Most parents see vaccinations as a medical necessity to protect their children from what are now preventable diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough and chicken pox. Others are steadfast in their belief that vaccinations are a danger to their children, and choose not to immunize them. In fact, a study published in the journal Pediatrics showed that 1 in 10 parents in the United States now forgo or delay vaccinations for their kids.
 
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Immunize Canada announces the new ImmunizeCA App

Visit Immunize Canada about the ImmunizeCA appFrom Immunize Canada's website:

ImmunizeCA App

What it does

Provide Canadians with the ability to:

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Thailand Health Officials Report Chickenpox Outbreak, More Than 2,500 Cases Seen In January

The Thailand Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) is reporting an outbreak of chickenpox, which infected some 2,565 patients during the first 19 days of January, according to a National News Bureau of Thailand report today.

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Production snag forces worldwide hold on GSK chickenpox vaccines

GlaxoSmithKline has stopped worldwide deliveries of two chickenpox vaccines for children after discovering that some batches produced at its factory in Wavre, Belgium, were not up to standard.
 
Britain's biggest drugmaker, which is also one of the world's leading vaccine manufacturers, said on Tuesday it expected shipments to begin again at the end of the first quarter.
 
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Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety

From the WHO Global Vaccine Safety webpage:

"The Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) was established in 1999 to respond promptly, efficiently, and with scientific rigour to vaccine safety issues of potential global importance.

The Committee provides independent, authoritative, scientific advice to WHO on vaccine safety issues of global or regional concern with the potential to affect in the short or long term national immunization programmes."

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