Is measles next?

Steve Cochi is not your stereotypical disease warrior. You won't see him parachuting into hot zones on the hunt for the next exotic virus. He's not a regular on radio shows or in front of the camera.


The most predictable disaster in the history of the human race

Bill Gates is an optimist.

Ask him, and he'll tell you himself. "I'm very optimistic," he says. See?


Nepal earthquakes: How medics race to avert a health crisis

Three weeks, two earthquakes. More than 8,000 deaths and 17,000 injuries. Nearly 3 million displaced and more than 4 million people affected.

Nepal was brought tumbling down through a series of disasters beyond its control. The collapse of buildings may have ceased -- for now -- but the lives of Nepal's residents remain at risk with the deluge of health consequences now facing them.


Scientists Crack A 50-Year-Old Mystery About The Measles Vaccine

Back in the 1960s, the U.S. started vaccinating kids for measles. As expected, children stopped getting measles.
But something else happened.
Childhood deaths from all infectious diseases plummeted. Even deaths from diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea were cut by half.
Writer Roald Dahl and his wife, actress Patricia Neal, with two of their children, Theo and Chantel Sophia "Tessa." The photo was taken a few years after oldest daughter, Olivia, died of measles.

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.

Breaking the chain

More needs to be done to step up global vaccination rates in light of news from the World Health Organization (WHO) that one in five children still go without routine vaccines for preventable diseases. Moreover, five out of six 2015 global vaccination targets are in threat of being missed, WHO reiterated ahead of World Immunization Week (24–30 April 2015).

Australia's 'measles-free' status under threat as vaccination rates drop to 50 per cent and health authorities warn an OUTBREAK is imminent

Australia's 'measles-free' status is under threat from an increasing number of anti-vaccination clusters breaking out across the country. Almost half of Australia's suburbs do not have enough people vaccinated against the potentially deadly disease, according to new research. The dangerous fall in vaccination rates puts Australia at risk of an outbreak, according to medical experts.

Microneedle Patch Might Boost Global Measles Vaccination Rates

A microneedle patch may be an easier, safer and more convenient way to vaccinate more people worldwide against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases, new research suggests.
Being developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Institute of Technology, the small patch is lined on one side with 100 tiny needles made of polymer, sugar, and vaccine. These microneedles are less than a millimeter long and are pressed into the skin with a thumb, the CDC researchers said.

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.