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.

Measles in Asia: Mongolia cases way up; Philippines and Vietnam down significantly

The number of measles cases in the Western Pacific Region of the World Health Organization as a whole is down significantly through the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period last year.


HIV-Positive Youth May Lack Immunity to MMR Diseases

Children who contract HIV at birth may not have enough immunity to ward off measles, mumps, or rubella (MMR) as they get older, even if they have received the MMR vaccine, according to the results of a new retrospective study. The study results were published online June 9 in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Une méthode pour convaincre les anti-vaccins ?

Alors que la vaccination  est aujourd’hui en pleine tourmente et, qu’en France, le ministre de la Santé va jusqu’à proposer un « débat national » pour rassurer les parents qui n’ont plus confiance, une étude américaine se penche sur les méthodes permettant de convaincre les parents récalcitrants à faire vacciner leurs enfants.

La Californie s'attaque au lobby des parents anti-vaccin

Une nouvelle loi vient d'être votée par le gouverneur de l'État où les réticences aux vaccins sont les plus fortes.

De la pénurie à la controverse, le point sur la vaccination en France

Les difficultés d’approvisionnement depuis plusieurs mois de certains vaccins pédiatriques, couplées à des décisions de justice médiatisées et à une pétition relayée par les réseaux sociaux ont relancé le débat sur la vaccination des jeunes enfants en France. Vaccins obligatoires ou recommandés, en pénurie, critiqués… Le point sur une question sensible.
Quels vaccins sont obligatoires ou recommandés ?

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).

Solid, heat-resistant vaccine to ease immunisation processes

EU researchers have set out to substitute liquid and freeze-dried vaccines for new, solid state candidates. If successful, the research will enable the large scale production of new virosome-based vaccines with increased stability, longer shelf life and less invasive administration methods.
To this day, immunisation remains the most effective way to eradicate diseases. Their widespread use has helped reduce the incidence of diseases such as hepatitis A, polio, rubella, tetanus or varicella by over 90 % compared to pre-vaccine era.

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.