Immunization Program Management

Une souche vaccinale du virus de la polio détectée au Mali

Le Mali est "en état d'alerte" après qu'un cas de poliomyélite dérivé d'une souche vaccinale a été confirmé, a annoncé lundi 7 septembre 2015 l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). "Le pays est en état d'alerte après que les autorités de Bamako, la capitale et la plus grande ville du pays, ont détecté un cas dont la date de paralysie remonte au 20 juillet 2015", explique l'OMS dans un communiqué.

With limited ACIP nod, U.S. universities take different approaches to Pfizer, GSK MenB jabs

Back in June, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) widened its recommendation for meningitis B vaccines--but stopped short of recommending routine immunization. Instead, it left the decision to doctors and families whether young adults aged 16 to 23 should be vaccinated. Result? U.S. universities are taking varying approaches when it comes to MenB jabs and their students.

MSF warns that Sanofi leaving antivenom market will lead to treatment crisis

Sanofi Pasteur says it let the world know 5 years ago that it would quit making Fav-Afrique, a snakebite antivenom, because cheaper products had left it unable to compete. But Doctors Without Borders this week said the other products are not as effective and said an impending shortage will lead to unnecessary deaths, often of children.

Sierra Leone News: Sustainable Immunization symposium ends

Sustainable immunization Financing (SIF) is an initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, which is an advocacy programme that helps countries finding long-term reliable financing for their national immunization programme.
SIF works with key national decision-makers to find ways to increase domestic immunization funding and lessen dependency on outside donors and partners.

Q&A: Ahead of Seoul-Hosted GHSA Meeting, CDC Director Talks Ebola

No one knows what new infectious disease will be the next to wreak havoc or where it will strike, but public health experts on Monday kicked off the second Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Meeting in Seoul to explore ways to ensure there never will be another deadly epidemic like last year's Ebola outbreak in West Africa. 

Measles elimination in New Zealand - target set for 2020

New Zealand is well on its way to achieving "measles elimination" status according to a Manila-based Kiwi doctor.
World Health Organisation (WHO) communicable diseases director Mark Jacobs said seven countries and areas in the Western Pacific region have already eliminated measles and New Zealand has an important part to play.
Jacobs said the key to eliminating measles is making sure there is a good coverage of primary care and that includes immunisation.

Vaccine hesitancy: A growing challenge for immunization programmes

People who delay or refuse vaccines for themselves or their children are presenting a growing challenge for countries seeking to close the immunization gap. Globally, 1 in 5 children still do not receive routine life-saving immunizations, and an estimated 1.5 million children still die each year of diseases that could be prevented by vaccines that already exist, according to WHO.

Polio Paralyzes 2 Children in West Ukraine Outbreak

Two children in western Ukraine have been paralyzed by polio, in the first cases of the disease seen in Europe in five years, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday.
Although the infections are a setback in the global drive against polio, the W.H.O.’s director of polio eradication, Dr. Hamid Jafari, said that the outbreak appeared to be small and that similar ones had been quickly snuffed out.

Nigeria: NMA Seeks Support to Eradicate Measles in Nigeria

 The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called for the support of government at all levels and other Nigerians in eradicating measles in the country as was done in the case of Ebola and polio.
Reading a communique issued at the end of the of her national executive council meeting in Ilorin, Kwara State, yesterday, National President of NMA, Dr. Kayode Obembe, said they are in full support of the universal health coverage.

Want to improve drug adherence, pharma? Get tracking

If you're a pharma company, chances are you're thinking about how to get patients to stick to their meds. Missed refills create a "big problem" not only for patients' health, but for companies aiming for slam-dunk sales, Manish Gupta, CMO of global data firm Liaison Technologies, told FiercePharmaMarketing.
Sifting patient data could change all that, Gupta says. The thing is, drugmakers need an eye on all sorts of data streams to really track adherence--and make a difference in how patients take their meds.