Americas declared first region to eliminate rubella

Global health officials today at Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) headquarters in Washington, DC, announced that the Americas region has become the world's first to eliminate rubella, the result of a 15-year effort targeting the disease.

Autisme : aucun lien avec le vaccin contre la rougeole

Des enquêtes menées auprès de parents ayant un enfant souffrant d'autisme suggèrent qu'un grand nombre d’entre eux pensent que le vaccin contre la rougeole a contribué à l’apparition de ce trouble. Pourtant, cette méfiance grandissante envers les vaccins serait injustifiée. Une nouvelle étude scientifique américaine vient en effet de conclure qu’il n’existerait aucun lien entre le vaccin contre la rougeole, les oreillons et la rubéole (ROR) et les troubles de l’autisme.

Global vaccination targets ‘off-track’ warns WHO

Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. In the lead-up to World Immunization Week 2015 (24–30 April), WHO is calling for renewed efforts to get progress back on course.

Partnership targets measles immunizations for children in Pakistan

A campaign for measles vaccination in Pakistan relies on partnerships involving government authorities, health workers and international partners.
Punjab province is in one of the most rural areas of Pakistan. The population currently stands at just over 3 million people. Recently, district health authorities and UNICEF staff conducted a measles vaccination campaign that immunized more than 1 million children in the region. This amounts to approximately all the children under 5 years old in the area.

La vaccination sauve 2 à 3 millions de vies par an : agissez avec l’UNICEF !

Un objectif 100% vital et réalisable
1 enfant sur 5 dans le monde n’a toujours pas accès à la vaccination.
La polio n’est toujours pas éradiquée, le tétanos maternel et infantile pas complètement éliminé, et la rougeole continue de tuer.
Cette situation est d’autant plus inacceptable que la vaccination offre une protection efficace à peu de frais.

Disneyland measles outbreak declared over, but political battle continues

The measles outbreak that began at Disneyland over the winter holidays is over, California health officials said Friday.
A total of 131 people were infected with the measles in California as well as at least 25 others who resided in seven other states, Canada and Mexico. There have been no new measles cases related to the outbreak that began at Disneyland in 42 days. 
It can take 21 days for a person infected with measles to show signs of illness. An outbreak can be declared over if no new illnesses are reported for 42 days. 

Measles Outbreak That Began At Disneyland Is Nearing An End

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A measles outbreak that began at Disneyland and reignited debate about vaccinations is nearing an end.
The outbreak will be declared over in California on Friday if no new cases pop up, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Disease investigators worked for months to contain the highly contagious disease that originated at Disney theme parks in December and spread to several other states and countries. In all, 131 people in California were infected.

Study: Serum Institute's powdered measles vaccine inferior to traditional jab

In December, Serum Institute of India reported victory in a Phase I trial of its powdered measles vaccine. But now, it may have to go back to the drawing board, as results from a noninferiority trial reported Thursday showed that one dose of the powdered candidate was not as effective as one dose of the traditional injected vaccine.

Vaccination reminder band tipped to boost global child inoculation rates

Efforts to increase the number of children who are vaccinated against infectious diseases such as polio and measles have been boosted by the launch of a new ankle band that changes colour to remind parents when their child’s next vaccine shot should be given.
The band, announced by Pakistani researchers last week, is designed to alert parents when each round of vaccine is needed by sending “clear visual markers” over the first four months of a child’s life.

First measles vaccine batch arrives in Sudan amid outbreak

Sudan received the first batch of 2 million measles vaccine doses on Monday to help stem the outbreak that has impacted 23 different states in recent months.
The doses, ordered by the Federal Ministry of Health, UNICEF and World Health Organization (WHO), arrived at  Khartoum International Airport. This is the first batch of the 9.6 million doses needed for a mass immunization campaign in Sudan’s affected states.