Prestación de servicios de inmunización

East Africa: Injectable Anti-Polio Drug to Be Rolled Out Next Month

Kenyan children will from next month benefit from an extra dose of injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV).
The Ministry of Health has received about 800,000 doses of the vaccine for the exercise, through Gavi, the global vaccine alliance.
"By introducing this vaccine into routine immunisation programmes and using it together with the oral vaccine, children will be better protected from polio and at the same time we will be able to eradicate the remaining strains of wild polio virus," reads a statement from the Ministry of Health.

Give HPV vaccine to men who have sex with men, government told

Government advisers have said the HPV vaccine offered to girls aged 12 or 13 to help protect them against cervical cancer should also be available to men who have sex with men.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommends three doses for men aged up to 45 who attend clinics specialising in treating HIV and genitourinary conditions. There should be no lower age limit, it says.

WHO continues to support the cholera outbreak response in Iraq as cases decline

The cholera outbreak in Iraq has continued to decline over the past 3 weeks with a few cases being reported from the affected districts or governorates. A total of 4858 laboratory-confirmed cases tested at provincial laboratories have been reported from the country, with 2 related deaths as of 17 November 2015.

Africa: Another 3-5 Years Before Malaria Vaccine Is Unveiled

The first malaria vaccine RTS,S, will initially be rolled out on a pilot basis, given its limited efficacy, World Health Organisation advisory group has recommended.
The WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation (Sage) and the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) jointly recommended that the pilot projects help understand how best to deliver the vaccine, also known as Mosquirix.

Bye Bye Ebola! Eradication spurs rap song in Sierra Leone.

As we reported last week, Sierra Leone has officially been declared Ebola-free after passing the 42-day mark since any new cases of the disease have been diagnosed there. Last weekend, thousands danced in the streets to celebrate. And there's more joyful dancing in the video for the song "Bye Bye Ebola" by rapper Block Jones from Sierra Leone. You can see staff members at Ebola treatment centers in Sierra Leone strutting their stuff in empty wards. And policemen dancing the Azonto, a west African dance, at border checkpoints.


Study: Teens More Apt to Complete HPV Vaccine Series When Given With Other Shots

Could partnering the human papilloma virus vaccine with other, less controversial vaccines lead to higher compliance and completion rates and, ultimately, a drop in certain cancer rates?

In Iraq, taking steps to stamp out cholera

With an outbreak of cholera threatening to spread further, UNICEF has launched a campaign to inform vulnerable communities on basic measures for prevention and treatment.
DOHUK, Iraq, 9 November 2015 – In Domiz refugee camp in Dohuk, northern Iraq, Elhani is gathering a group of very excited schoolchildren and having them stand in a circle.
It’s Global Handwashing Day, and normal classes at Kobani primary school have been suspended for a while as children learn an equally important lesson: how to prevent cholera.

HPV Vaccine Myth: Good Talks Needed

When people hear about vaccine deniers — anti-vaxxers, to some — they most often think about parents who are refusing to vaccinate their children. But there’s another type of vaccine refusal, and it’s important that we not ignore that. Doctors sometimes promote the use of some vaccines with less enthusiasm than others. Sometimes, they don’t talk about them at all.


14.9M children vaccinated against measles across Egypt

CAIRO: The Health Ministry vaccinated 14.9 million children against measles during the first week of a national campaign taking place across governorates, according to a Saturday ministry statement.
The campaign kicked off Oct. 31 and is expected to last until Nov. 21. It targets to inoculate 24 million children from 9 nine months to 10 years old from measles and Rubella (also known as German measles.)

EU regulator finds no safety issues with GSK, Merck HPV vaccines

 European drug regulators have found no safety concerns linking GlaxoSmithKline's and Merck's cervical cancer vaccines with two conditions known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).
Concluding a safety review on Wednesday, the European Medicines Agency said its Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) found that "evidence does not support a causal link between the vaccines and development of CRPS or POTS".