Measles may compromise immune systems for three years

A recent study by Princeton University researchers shows children’s immune systems may be compromised for up to three years after contracting the measles virus.
Health professionals have known for several years that measles weakens immune systems, but they previously believed that this weakness only lasted a few months. This study shows children who previously had measles are at a greater susceptibility to other serious illnesses for much longer.

Vaccination is ‘safe, cheap, effective’, say doctors

Doctors have added their voices to a growing movement committed to wiping out measles in Europe.
This week, the WHO and national governments renewed their pledge to eliminate measles in Europe – something that has been achieved in many countries around the world already.
“We cannot give up thefight to eliminate measles inEurope," said Dr KatrínFjeldsted, President of the Standing Committee of Doctors in Europe (known by its French acronym, CPME).

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.

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).