Hepatitis B

ECDC warns hepatitis underreported, underdiagnosed in Europe

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said on Friday that viral hepatitis in Europe is both underdiagnosed and underreported.
The announcement, made before World Hepatitis Day on July 28, said that hepatitis could lead to other conditions, according to an ECDC press release.

What's the world's biggest health risk?

Infectious diseases can break out suddenly, almost anywhere in the world, and with devastating impact.
The past week has seen Ebola infecting key medical staff in Sierra Leone, a deadly Middle East virus become airborne and a whole city in China put on lock-down for fear of bubonic plague.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), a UN body that exists to protect and advise the international community about threats such as these, raised concerns in May about the "striking changes in the communicable disease situation".

WHO welcomes global momentum on viral hepatitis

On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, WHO welcomes new progress in tackling one of the world’s most serious diseases. Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year.
“For years, viral hepatitis has been largely neglected,” says Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General at WHO. “But now we are beginning to see greater awareness and global momentum building to tackle it.”

WHO in the Western Pacific: Working towards a hepatitis-free Region

Viral hepatitis causes an estimated 1.4 million deaths worldwide each year—which is close to the number of deaths caused by HIV/AIDS, and more than those caused by malaria and tuberculosis. Despite the high burden on individuals, families and societies, political and financial engagement remains inadequate. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 500 million people worldwide are affected by chronic hepatitis B and C.

USA: une étude confirme l'innocuité des vaccins

Les vaccins utilisés de façon routinière aux Etats-Unis chez les enfants contre différentes infections sont sûrs et ne sont pas liés à l'autisme ou à la leucémie, ne provoquant que très rarement des réactions graves, selon une étude publiée mardi.
En 2011, l'Institut de Médecine aux Etats-Unis (IOM) avait publié un rapport qui faisait l'unanimité du corps médical et concluait déjà à l'innocuité des vaccinations. 

GAVI Alliance addresses MSF concerns on infant Hepatitis B vaccine

Medecins Sans Frontieres recently expressed concern about the slow implementation of the World Health Organization’s recommendation that a dose of hepatitis B vaccine be delivered immediately after birth.
Since 2000, the GAVI Alliance has supported infant hepatitis B vaccinations in nearly all GAVI-supported countries. Hepatitis B causes around 260,000 deaths each year in GAVI-eligible countries, according to the World Health Organization.

GAVI Alliance wants Indian government to bolster immunisation programme

With a view to ensure that childhood vaccination becomes a key priority for the new Indian government, GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership committed to saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in poor countries, has called for renewed efforts in India to bolster routine immunisation coverage and protect more children from vaccine preventable disease.

GSK offers five-year price freeze on vaccines for GAVI graduating countries

GlaxoSmithKline announced on May 20 that it will support developing countries that have growing economies by putting a five year freeze on vaccine prices for countries who graduate from GAVI Alliance support.
The announcement was made by Andrew Witty, the CEO of GSK, at the GAVI Alliance replenishment launch meeting in Brussels.

CIA Announces Plans To End Fake Vaccination Programs

The White House announced that the CIA will stop using fake vaccination programs to further its spy operations. The decision comes after leaders from U.S. public health schools brought the practice to light.

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