Vaccine Exemptions: Time to Tighten the Rules

Hello. I'm Dr Sandra Fryhofer. Welcome to Medicine Matters. The topic: a new policy[1] on nonmedical exemptions to immunization from the American Medical Association (AMA). This segment also includes highlights of a joint report from the AMA Council on Science and Public Health and AMA Council on Ethics and Judicial Affairs, presented to the House of Delegates at its June 2015 meeting. Here's why it matters.

Avant le sida, ces épidémies combattues avec succès par l’homme

Le sida sera-t-il éradiqué d’ici 2030? L’ONU a réaffirmé en juillet cet objectif, alors que le nombre d’infections a enregistré une baisse de 35% depuis 2000. "Nous allons vers une génération sans sida", s'est réjoui le 14 juillet le secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, lors d'une visite dans la capitale ethiopienne, Addis-Abeba.

Canada: 1,5 % des enfants n'ont jamais reçu de vaccins

Même s'il a été démontré scientifiquement que la vaccination infantile permet d'éviter plusieurs maladies potentiellement mortelles, 1,5 % des enfants canadiens âgés de deux ans n'ont jamais reçu de vaccins de quelque type que ce soit.
C'est ce que révèlent les résultats de l'«Enquête sur la couverture vaccinale des enfants (ECVNE)» de l'année 2013, publiés mardi par Statistique Canada. L'étude a été menée auprès des parents ou tuteurs de plus de 40 000 enfants âgés de 2 à 17 ans.

Pénurie de certains vaccins pour bébés

Pour sa première vaccination, un bébé reçoit en général un vaccin combiné. Mais certaines préparations se font actuellement rares en Suisse. S'il existe des alternatives, l'Office fédéral de la santé publique (OFSP) est cependant préoccupé.

Buhari and Obama can end polio in Africa

For every one of the almost 70 years I have lived in Nigeria, children – often by the hundreds – have become paralyzed from a virus that I’ve spent my professional life trying to stop. But this year may be different. 
Since July 24, 2014, one year ago this week, Nigeria has not recorded a single case of wild poliovirus. This is the first time this has happened in history. If Nigeria is able to stay on track, it can be removed from the short list of countries that have never halted polio transmission.  

Nigeria: Zamfara Wins U.S.$1 Million for Recording Zero Polio in 2 Years

Zamfara State has won a total sum of one million US dollars from Bill Gates and Dangote Foundation for recording zero polio case in two years.
This was announced by the foundations' representative and head of Solina Group in Zamfara State, Dr Adesina Aladeshawe, during the maiden state's routine immunisation working group meeting, yesterday, in Gusau.

The Great U.S. Polio Panic of 2015

When children come down with an illness that renders them temporarily paralyzed, public health officials tend to want to know why.

UAE immunises 20 million Pakistani children

As part of efforts to stamp out polio, via the Emirates Polio Campaign, the United Arab Emirates has immunised over 20 million Pakistani children, with nearly 87 million vaccines administered.
The campaign was launched under the directives of UAE president, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

From CDC, USA: $1.15m financial aid sought to fight polio

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is seeking financial assistance worth $1.15 million from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta, USA for synergising Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) and routine immunisation.
Talking to The Express Tribune, a senior official in the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination (NHSRC), who wished not to be named, said, “It is for the first time that Pakistan is seeking financial assistance from CDC, Atlanta, USA. Though the idea was floated before, it did not get materialised due to a variety of reasons.”

UAE provides 86.6m polio vaccines in Pakistan

Abu Dhabi: The UAE has immunised more than 20 million Pakistani children against polio with nearly 87 million vaccines administered as part of the Emirates Polio Campaign till May this year.
The campaign was launched under the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on an initiative by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces.
The UAE was declared a polio-free country in 1993.