De la pénurie à la controverse, le point sur la vaccination en France

Les difficultés d’approvisionnement depuis plusieurs mois de certains vaccins pédiatriques, couplées à des décisions de justice médiatisées et à une pétition relayée par les réseaux sociaux ont relancé le débat sur la vaccination des jeunes enfants en France. Vaccins obligatoires ou recommandés, en pénurie, critiqués… Le point sur une question sensible.
Quels vaccins sont obligatoires ou recommandés ?

Congo : Campagne de vaccination contre la poliomyélite

Une campagne de vaccination contre la poliomyélite, couplée à une implémentation à la vitamine A, a démarré, jeudi, sur toute l’étendue du territoire national, à l’initiative du ministère congolaise de la santé.Selon un communiqué du ministère de la santé, au moins 936 200 enfants de zéro à  cinq ans doivent être vaccinés au cours de cette opération qui doit se dérouler en trois phases, dont la première doit durer quatre jours (4-7 juin).

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Polio in Pakistan: Drop of 70% recorded this year

Polio cases in Pakistan have dropped by 70% this year as troops make territorial advances in the north against militants opposed to vaccination programmes, government officials have told the BBC.
They say that so far in 2015 there have been about 25 cases.
In October officials said that Pakistan had its highest number of cases for 15 years, mostly due to militant attacks.
At that time they said there were more than 200 cases across the country.

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate—2015

For a retired pediatrician, the present discussion about vaccinations after the Disneyland measles outbreak brings back a deluge of memories. How times and, yes, people have changed.

Rotary International vows to support Pakistan-Afghanistan polio campaign

Rotary International said Friday it will guarantee its support to the Balochistan Emergency Operation Center (EOC) for enhancing a polio vaccination campaign along the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Rotary representatives Asher Ali and Dr. Muhammad Hanif  met with EOC Coordinator Syed Saifur Rehman to voice their dissatisfaction concerning inadequate arrangements at the international transit point. The two Rotary representatives then gave their total support for the organization.

World Immunization Week: A boy in a remote Ethiopian village gets his first shots

Nyabel Both lives in a remote village in the Gambella region of Ethiopia, where common childhood diseases like malaria, tuberculosis and diarrhea are a constant threat.
Yet Nyabel has managed something wonderful: Her one-year-old son has been vaccinated for measles, polio, tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae—in other words, she has fully immunized her child.

Immunization numbers are falling short

Rubella, measles, polio and tetanus are a blast from the past.
Modern medicine has nearly eradicated incidences of these medical conditions. In some areas, however, they’re making a bit of a comeback, and according to health officials, the reason is clear – dropping immunization rates.
Dr. Karin Goodison, one of the medical officers of health for this zone, said the numbers are clear, as a trend has emerged which has seen a smaller percentage of locals participate in immunization programs.

Congo adds polio vaccine to immunization schedule

The Republic of Congo (DRC) is celebrating African Vaccination Week by introducing the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunization schedule.
“As long as a child somewhere is not protected against this crippling disease, every child is at risk,” Anuradha Gupta, deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said.
The addition of the vaccine will benefit more than 2 million Congolese children every year.

This Infographic Proves Why We Need To Stop Believing Myths Related To Vaccinations

It's getting more and more difficult to justify the decision not to vaccinate a child.
In recognition of World Immunization Week from April 24-30, 2015, UNICEF created an infographic to point out how crucial vaccinations are in preventing diseases like polio, tetanus and measles.
Not only do they save lives, they save the world economy lots of money.

WHO asks India to close immunisation gap to avert death due to vaccine-preventable diseases

The WHO today asked countries like India to close the immunisation gap to avert 1.5 million deaths globally due to vaccine-preventable diseases.
"India is one of the countries for the size of its population (that has less than 80 per cent vaccine coverage). If (for example) you have 70 per cent coverage, for a place like India, (in terms) of absolute numbers, lot of children (will be unvaccinated)," Jean Marie Okwo-Bele, World Health Organization (WHO) Director of Immunisation, Vaccines and Biologicals said.