Nigeria: 25 Million Children Never Vaccinated for Measles

More than 25 million children born in the last five years have never had any vaccination against measles, figures show.
They are the target in planned nationwide campaign to immunise at least 39 million children aged nine months to 59 months this November and early next year, according to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.

UAE-wide measles immunisation programme raises questions

DUBAI // Parents say they are confused about a national immunisation programme to have 1.5 million children and teenagers inoculated against measles.
On November 1, the Ministry of Health is launching the National Campaign for Vaccination against Measles for everyone aged between 1 and 18. Many older children have already been vaccinated.
The MMR – or measles, mumps and rubella – vaccine is usually given to infants in two doses. In the UAE, the first MMR shot is given at 15 months, followed by a second at 6 years.

A no-brainer: How to transition from polio eradication to measles eradication

Why stop with eradicating polio when the eradication of measles is within our grasp? During more than 25 years of operations, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative has mobilized and trained millions of volunteers, social mobilizers, and health workers; accessed households untouched by other health initiatives; mapped and brought health interventions to chronically neglected communities; and established a standardized, real-time global surveillance and response capacity.

US could be on verge of measles outbreak, researchers warn

The United States could be on the verge of larger outbreaks of measles.
One in eight children under the age of 17 is susceptible to the disease and would likely get sick if exposed to the dangerous virus, researchers from Emory University in Atlanta reported Thursday.
The situation is most acute among young children: Nearly a quarter of those age 3 and under are now vulnerable to the highly infectious virus.
Measles epidemics used to occur regularly in the pre-vaccine era.

UAE-wide measles vaccination campaign launching in November

The Ministry of Health will launch a national measles vaccination campaign on November 1st, 2015, to run until November 26.
According to Al Ittihad, The National’s sister publication, the campaign targets 1.5 million children, aged 1 to 18, and includes nationals and residents alike.

UAE schools to immunise students for free against deadly measles

After the successful polio vaccination programme for students, UAE authorities have now launched a measles immunisation campaign in the country.
The National Measles Immunisation Campaign will target everyone between the ages of 1 and 18 years.
The Ministry of Health and the health authorities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are urging UAE residents to make the campaign a success and help eliminate the disease from the UAE.

Syria: Kobane Health Administration launches a measles vaccination campaign with support of MSF

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has supported the Kobane Health Administration to implement a nine days measles vaccination campaign in Kobane canton in northern Syria, reaching 5,776 children.

Government rolls out measles, rubella vaccine

All health institutions, primary and secondary schools will from today until Friday be administering the new measles­rubella vaccine to children between nine and 15 years. Children aged between six and 59 months will also be given Vitamin A supplementation during the same period. According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, this year’s national immunisation days were triggered by the quest to eliminate measles and protect children against rubella virus infection.

RDC: l'épidémie de rougeole au Katanga difficile à endiguer

L’épidémie de rougeole qui sévit depuis le début de l’année en République démocratique du Congo est l’une des plus meurtrières qu’ait connues le pays et elle continue sa progression. Depuis le mois de juin, Médecins sans frontières a déjà traité plus de 20 000 malades et vacciné plus de 300 000 enfants, mais la géographie du Katanga, dans le sud-est du pays, ne permet pas d’atteindre toutes les populations.

Exemptions for Ontario kids not vaccinated for measles stays low

TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2015 /CNW/ - New research from Public Health Ontario (PHO) shows that rates of parents choosing not to immunize their kids for measles based on religious or conscientious objections is increasing. However, the total number of children not getting vaccinated due to exemptions remains low across the province.