Measles

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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Trump's 'vaccine hesitant’ views run against public opinion, Pew says

As many experts wait anxiously to see how President Donald Trump might act on vaccines, a new survey documents strong support by Americans that the benefits of childhood immunizations outweigh any potential risks.
 
Pew Research Center reports that 88% of Americans think the benefits of the MMR vaccine outweigh the risks, while one in 10 believe the risks aren’t worth the benefits.
 
The survey—conducted from May 10 to June 6 last year—found that 82% of Americans are in favor of MMR vaccination requirements for healthy schoolchildren.
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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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China needs tougher enforcement of vaccine regulation: WHO

China must strengthen regulation of its market for vaccines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, after a bust of an illegal black market drugs ring this month underscored the country's regulatory weaknesses.
 
Police have arrested more than 130 suspects over a scandal in which 310 million yuan ($48 million) of illegal vaccines was sold onto the market. The value of the illegal trades could be as much as $90 million.
 
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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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