Breaking the chain

More needs to be done to step up global vaccination rates in light of news from the World Health Organization (WHO) that one in five children still go without routine vaccines for preventable diseases. Moreover, five out of six 2015 global vaccination targets are in threat of being missed, WHO reiterated ahead of World Immunization Week (24–30 April 2015).

Americas region is declared the world’s first to eliminate rubella

The Americas region has become the first in the world to be declared free of endemic transmission of rubella, a contagious viral disease that can cause multiple birth defects as well as fetal death when contracted by women during pregnancy.

Americas declared first region to eliminate rubella

Global health officials today at Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) headquarters in Washington, DC, announced that the Americas region has become the world's first to eliminate rubella, the result of a 15-year effort targeting the disease.

Global vaccination targets ‘off-track’ warns WHO

Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. In the lead-up to World Immunization Week 2015 (24–30 April), WHO is calling for renewed efforts to get progress back on course.

EU/EEA Member States prepare for next round in annual reporting for verification of measles and rubella elimination

Annual reporting of immunization activities and disease burden by an independent national verification committee (NVC).in each Member State is required to verify the status of measles and rubella elimination in the European Region. After two rounds of reporting by Member States to the Regional Verification Commission (RVC) for the elimination of measles and rubella, WHO/Europe has initiated a series of intercountry meetings to discuss the verification process with stakeholders.

Of vaccines and vacuous starlets

AS THOMAS PEEBLES jabbed a needle into the arm of a sick student in 1954, he told him, “Young man, you are standing on the frontiers of science.” Indeed he was. Using blood collected at the boy’s school, Peebles was able to isolate the measles virus, which John Enders then used to craft a vaccine in 1963. That year there were around 400,000 cases of measles in America. In the decade to 2013 the average number of annual cases dropped below 100. The disease is no longer endemic in America (though it still kills thousands abroad).


Vaccination contre la rougeole et la rubéole à Bach Long Vi, Nam Dinh et Dak Nong

Dans le cadre de la campagne de vaccination contre la rougeole et la rubéole mise en oeuvre dans l'ensemble du pays depuis plus d'un mois, 95% des enfants de moins de 5 ans du district insulaire de Bach Long Vi, province de Hai Phong (Nord), ont été vaccinés.
Dans la province de Nam Dinh (Nord), 153.151 enfants de moins de 5 ans ont été vaccinés, soit 98,4%; et 600.000 dans la province de Dak Nong (Hauts Plateaux du Centre), soit 94,35%. 

Supplemental immunization against measles and rubella continues in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan has begun a second round of supplemental immunization activities against measles and rubella, in response to an importation-related measles outbreak in 2013.
An initial campaign to supplement routine immunization, conducted during European Immunization Week in April 2013, targeted 27 083 children aged under 10 years, who received measles–mumps–rubella (MMR) vaccination. For the second round, the Ministry of Health has procured 200 000 doses of WHO-prequalified measles–rubella (MR) vaccine to cover 11–15-year-olds.

Gavi runs campaign to vaccinate 21 million Tanzanian children against measles-rubella

A nationwide immunization campaign supported by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance will run over the next seven days in Tanzania and will offer 21 million children between the ages of nine months to 14-years-old a measles and rubella vaccine.
With worldwide campaigns like the one in Tanzania, there have been decreases in measles and rubella cases over the last decade, but the diseases still have devastating effects. In 2012, measles alone took more than 120,000 lives.

Vaccins : ce qui est obligatoire et ce qui ne l'est pas

Certains vaccins contre des maladies que l'on dit disparues mais qui ne le sont en réalité pas totalement sont obligatoires. C'est le cas du DTP : le vaccin contre la diphtérie et le tétanos, et celui contre la poliomyélite. Environ 95 % des Français sont vaccinés contre ces maladies, ce qui n'empêche pas que l'on compte en moyenne 20 nouveaux cas de tétanos par an. Dans ces deux cas, la primo vaccination est obligatoire avant 18 mois.