Immunization Program Management

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.

Advaxis reports 'encouraging' PhII cervical cancer vaccine data

Operating in a field that can leave patients with few options, Advaxis ($ADXS) rolled out data for its cervical cancer vaccine this week that represent a "meaningful step" for those afflicted, according to one expert.

Ukraine health officials fear big polio outbreak

Health officials in Ukraine are gripped by fears of a major polio outbreak, after it was announced this month that the disease had paralysed two children in the south-western region of Trans-Carpathia.
Concerns that the virus could cut a deadly swathe through the country has mobilised officials to launch a national immunisation campaign that would embrace all children up to 10 years old.

Iraqi authorities on high cholera alert

Iraqi authorities are taking strict measures to contain the outbreak of cholera in the country after the death of four people, officials said on Monday.
"The Iraqi ministry of health started a plan aimed at controlling the spread of disease by closely monitoring the situation and implementing cholera contingency measures, distributing medicines and supplies to hospitals and medical centers in areas where the disease spreads," a ministry spokesman told Xinhua news agency.

Vaccine Issue Arises at Republican Debate, to Doctors’ Dismay

When Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist in Tennessee, flicked on the television last night to catch the end of the Republican debate, he watched a scene that felt unsettlingly familiar: A candidate was talking about vaccines and autism.
Dr. Schaffner has spent much of his career trying to debunk the contention that childhood shots can cause serious medical conditions, but he had hoped that national soul-searching this year after an outbreak of measles at Disneyland had moved the country past some of these old notions.

Paludisme : la lutte contre la maladie finit par payer

SUCCÈS. Prévention, traitements, lutte contre la maladie... Les efforts réalisés contre le paludisme finissent par payer. L'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) et l'Unicef ont annoncé jeudi 17 septembre 2015 que cette maladie infectieuse transmise par les moustiques avait régressé. Les deux organisations estiment qu'en 15 ans, 6,2 millions de vies ont pu être épargnées grâce aux mesures de lutte misent en place. En effet, le taux des nouveaux cas de paludisme a chuté de 37% depuis 2000 et la mortalité a chuté de 60% au cours de ces 15 dernières années.


J&J's Janssen strikes four-year, $28.5M government partnership to advance Ebola vaccine

While the most recent Ebola epidemic has been in decline, that doesn't mean that vaccine development has to wind down, too. Johnson & Johnson's ($JNJ) Janssen struck a four-year, $28.5 million government partnership to further the development of the Ebola jab on which Janssen is collaborating with Bavarian Nordic. Janssen awarded Bavarian Nordic $9 million in a subcontract, the latter announced Tuesday.

Why Public Schools Should Require the HPV Vaccine

If you live in Rhode Island and your children go to public school, they will need to be vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV. This is a new requirement—and not everyone likes it. Those who oppose the change point out that you catch HPV through sex, unlike infections like measles or whooping cough that you can catch if someone in the classroom has it and coughs on you. Why, they say, should the HPV vaccine be required for school?
Because it could save lives, that’s why.

Measles Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo Kills 400

More than 23,000 people, mostly children, have been infected with measles in the Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 400 have died, according to United Nations agencies and Doctors Without Borders.
In one village of 500, more than 30 children under age 5 died within two months — a third of all the children in that age group. “Their little graves are still visible in the cemetery,” said Augustin Ngoyi, the response coordinator for Doctors Without Borders.

Three-day anti-polio drive begins amid strict security

LAHORE (Staff report) – Three day countrywide anti-polio drive is underway amid strict security of the Polio vaccination teams, reported the national news channel.
PTV World has reported that polio drops will be administered to children across the country in a three-day campaign. Polio vaccination teams will be accompanied with security officials for their protection.