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How the Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning

HOUSTON — It’s looking as if 2017 could become the year when the anti-vaccination movement gains ascendancy in the United States and we begin to see a reversal of several decades in steady public health gains. The first blow will be measles outbreaks in America.
 
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India’s measles-rubella vaccination campaign a big step towards reducing childhood mortality, addressing birth defects

World Health Organization congratulates India for launching one of the world’s largest vaccination campaign against measles, a major childhood killer disease, and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), responsible for irreversible birth defects.
 
The campaign launched today to vaccinate more than 35 million children in the age group of nine months to 15 years with MR (measles and rubella) vaccine, once again demonstrates India’s commitment to improve health and well-being of its people by protecting children against vaccine preventable diseases.
 
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Rougeole : un succès en demi- teinte

Si l’on s’en tient aux seuls chiffres bruts, c’est un succès marquant. La rougeole tuait 2,5 millions d’enfants chaque année au début des années 1980. En 2015, moins de 150 000 décès étaient déplorés. La vaccination (dont le taux a augmenté de 18 % depuis quinze ans) mais également un recul dans certains pays de la malnutrition (facteur majeur de mortalité lors d'une rougeole) ont permis d’éviter le décès de 20,3 millions de jeunes enfants depuis 2000.
 
Disparition de l’objectif de faire disparaître la rougeole avant 2020
 
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Beyond Ebola, keeping patients and health workers safe

Dr Doussou Touré arrives for work at Coléah Medical Centre. She washes her hands from a bucket set up in front of the building, proceeds to a screening area where her temperature is checked and recorded and only then enters the bustling facility that she supervises.
 
“Ebola is under control now, but we try to keep up the infection prevention and control systems that were put in place during the outbreak,” Dr Touré says, pointing to several sturdy, brightly-coloured bins, each one designated for the disposal of varying waste matter.
 
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Vaccine in National Immunization Programme Update

WHO, UNICEF, and partners, are in regular dialogue with countries to support effective preparations.

Click here to access the downloadable PowerPoint file from the WHO website or simply click on the image below to read updates on vaccine in national immunization programmes.

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Over Half Of Measles Cases In U.S. Outbreaks Are Unvaccinated -- Often Intentionally

Even though measles was eliminated from the U.S.—meaning the disease no longer circulated on its own within U.S. borders—16 years ago, outbreaks have continued to result from occasionally imported cases. But the disease can only spread if enough people are not vaccinated against it—and that’s precisely why the U.S. has seen an increase in measles outbreaks. In fact, well over half of people who have caught measles in the past decade and a half were unvaccinated, and most of them had refused the measles vaccine, found a recent study in JAMA.
 
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Nigeria: War Against VPD - After Polio, Measles Should Be Next

When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Nigeria polio-free, it was celebrated after fighting the battle since 1976. This battle also forced the federal government to set up the National Programme on Immunization (NPI) in the same year. Though the effort failed woefully but in 1979 it was reactivated, leading to the emergence of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI).The same can be done to other Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD), ODIRI UCHENUNU writes.
 
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DRC: Children who survived measles are now suffering from malnutrition and malaria

As the measles epidemic gradually fades in the Tanganyika province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, malaria and malnutrition often form a deadly combination for children. In order to face this situation, MSF – in collaboration with the Congolese Ministry of Health – continues to support the Manono health zone for the management of severe acute malnutrition and pediatric emergencies and is opening a similar project in Kabalo.
 
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IAIM Joint Regional Meeting for Asia and the Pacific

Registration for this exciting event is closed since August 31, 2016. Thanks to all of you who have registered. We look forward to seeing you in Beijing soon! 

 

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Central African Republic: MSF emergency team vaccinates 10,000 children against measles and pneumococcal disease

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency teams have vaccinated almost 10,000 children in the Gadzi area of the Central African Republic, about 300 kilometres west of Bangui, after the appearance of several cases of measles led the local authorities to raise the alarm. The vaccination teams had to cope with major access problems due to the poor state of the roads and the dispersion of the population in the area, where more than 70,000 people live with virtually no basic healthcare.
 
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