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mSakhi in Pictures

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:41:59 +0100

February 16, 2018The mobile app is transforming maternal and child health care in a Himalayan state.One of the smaller states in India, Uttarakhand lies in the Himalayan foothills with international borders touching Nepal and China. It ’s a land of mighty rivers, forests, hills, and mountains. Rich in natural resources, it boasts a variety of flora and fauna, including medicinal plants, tigers, and elephants. The terrain, striking and beautiful, also makes it hard for people, particularly those in the middle Himalayan ranges, to access health care, including high-quality maternal and child health services.Many villages like this one are located on mountain tops. Despite the odds —and thanks to India's frontline health workers —registered pregnancies in Uttarakhand have touched93.8 % ...

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2018 Adult ACIP Schedule Highlights New Shingles Vaccine 2018 Adult ACIP Schedule Highlights New Shingles Vaccine

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 22:10:07 +0100

The new recommendations also address the use of an extra dose of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine during mumps outbreaks.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



South-East Asia region aims to close immunity gap, wipe out measles by 2020 – UN health agency

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:43:34 +0100

The so-called ‘ big six ’ countries in the World Health Organization ’ s (WHO) South-East Asia region are meeting today in New Delhi on an accelerated strategy to wipe out measles and rubella in the next three years by targeting as many as 500 million children with vaccines. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)



South-East Asia region aims to close immunity gap, wipe out measles by 2020 – UN health agency

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:43:34 +0100

The so-called ‘big six’ countries in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) South-East Asia region are meeting today in New Delhi on an accelerated strategy to wipe out measles and rubella in the next three years by targeting as many as 500 million children with vaccines. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)



Proquad (Measles Mumps Rubella Varicella Vaccine Live) - updated on RxList

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:00:00 +0100

(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)



Dennis Bidwell obituary

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:31:45 +0100

My father-in-law, Dennis Bidwell, who has died aged 88, played a crucial part in the development in 1976 of the microplate enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (Elisa), a laboratory tool that has had a lasting impact on the diagnosis of disease.The microplate consists of an eight-by-12 plastic grid of 96 small indentations numbered A1 to H12, which enables multiple tests to be carried out at the same time, rapidly and cheaply, using very small volumes ofblood or other liquid samples. Research carried out by Dennis and his colleague Alister Voller demonstrated that the Elisa was superior to existing diagnostics for diseases including malaria and rubella. There was no commercial secrecy around the Elisa and so it became the most widely used diagnostic test for infective, immune, endocrine, canc...

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M-M-R II (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine Live) - updated on RxList

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:00:00 +0100

(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)



Progress in Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome Control and Elimination — Worldwide, 2000–2016

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)



Global Routine Vaccination Coverage, 2016

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:36:45 +0100

Global coverage with the third dose of diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis-containing vaccine, the third dose of polio vaccine, and first dose of measles. Among new or underused vaccines, global coverage increased during 2010-2016 for completed vaccine series against rotavirus (8% to 25%), Streptococcus pneumoniae (11% to 42%), rubella (35% to 47%), Haemophilus influenzae type B (42% to 70%) and hepatitis B vaccine (74% to 84%). containing vaccine coverage has remained unchanged at 84%-86% since 2010. (Source: PHPartners.org)



Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19-35 Months - United States, 2016

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:12:12 +0100

Coverage with most recommended vaccines remained stable and high in 2016; coverage was ≥90% for polio, measles, mumps, and rubella, varicella, and hepatitis B vaccines, and lowest (61%-74%) for hepatitis A, the birth dose of hepatitis B, and rotavirus vaccines, and the combined 7-vaccine series. (Source: PHPartners.org)



CDC recommends booster shot of MMR vaccine during mumps outbreaks

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 22:24:32 +0100

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Wednesday to recommend the use of a third "booster" shot of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine during outbreaks of the mumps. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

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Outbreak at Syracuse as CDC weighs new vaccine recommendation

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:51:17 +0100

An outbreak of mumps has spurred Syracuse University to offer students a third "booster" shot of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



MMR vaccine side effects do NOT include autism – where the myth came from explained

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:01:45 +0100

VACCINES for measles, mumps and rubella do not cause autism in children, and it ’s important to vaccine your kids. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Rwanda: Over 1.3 Million Children to Get Measles, Rubella Vaccine

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:26:52 +0100

[New Times] The ministry of Health will offer measles and rubella vaccine to over 1.3 million children between 5 and 9 years countrywide during the ongoing Health Week campaign. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Rwanda:Over 1.3 Million Children to Get Measles, Rubella Vaccine

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:26:52 +0100

[New Times] The ministry of Health will offer measles and rubella vaccine to over 1.3 million children between 5 and 9 years countrywide during the ongoing Health Week campaign. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Has measles really been 'eliminated' in the UK?

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0100

"Measles eliminated in the UK for the first time," reports The Telegraph. This and other stories in the media are based on a new World Health Organization (WHO) report confirming the UK is now one of 33 countries in Europe to have "eliminated" measles. "Elimination" is the official term used once a country has reduced the number of cases of a disease to a low enough level to stop it spreading through the general population for at least three years. It doesn't mean that measles has been wiped out or eradicated in the UK. In 2016 there were more than 500 cases in England and Wales. However, the disease wasn't able to spread more widely. It also doesn't mean that children no longer need the MMR vaccination, which protects against mumps and rubella as well as meas...

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What Causes Microcephaly?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:22:33 +0100

Discussion Microcephaly is usually defined as an occipitofrontal head circumference (OFC) more than 2 standard deviations (SD) below the mean for sex, age and ethnicity. Severe microcephaly is used for OFC < 3 standard deviations. Rates of microcephaly range from 0.5-12 patients/10,000 live births. The OFC should be measured at every well child visit and at other opportunities and plotted on standard growth charts. The OFC is measured using a nonelastic tape measure around the largest part of the head with the tape measure held above the eyebrows and ears. It is a highly reproducible measurement. There are several different international standard growth charts that can be used and those used should reflect the population the patient is drawn from the best. For example, the World Health...



Vaccination target met for the first time

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The proportion of eligible children receiving their first dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR1) by their fifth birthday has met the World Health Organisation target of 95% for the first time in England. (Source: NHS Networks)



Latest fall in English MMR coverage by age two 'of concern'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:14:00 +0100

Coverage of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine by children ’s second birthday has decreased in 2016-17 for the third year in a row in England. (Source: Nursing Times)



MMR vaccine first-dose target met in England

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:34:23 +0100

By the age of five, 95% of children are being vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



A Third MMR Dose Can Help Prevent Mumps During Outbreaks (FREE)

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100

By the Editors A third dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine helped prevent mumps infection during an outbreak at the University of Iowa in 2015 –16, … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

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Immunization Resources in Multiple Languages

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:46:12 +0100

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch: August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and public health professionals often need resources to educate individuals who may have limited English proficiency about the importance of receiving vaccinations for themselves and their children. Check MedlinePlus for resources on immunizations and childhood immunizations in both English and Spanish. Also check HealthReach for patient handouts in multiple languages about vaccinations, including: Vaccine Information Statements on specific vaccines, like the chickenpox vaccine (24 languages), diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP) vaccine (27 languages),  measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine (25 languages), and more. Immunizations for Babies: A Guide for Parents (9 language...



MMRV Vaccination Does Not Increase Febrile Seizure Risk MMRV Vaccination Does Not Increase Febrile Seizure Risk

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:07:14 +0100

Giving the combination measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccine as the second dose of measles-containing vaccine does not appear to increase the risk of febrile seizures, researchers from Australia report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Small decline in MMR vaccination rates could have dramatic effect, experts warn

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:00:09 +0100

A 5% drop in measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations could cause a threefold increase of measles cases, costing the public sector millions, US study showsA small decline in the uptake of vaccines could have a dramatic impact on both public health and the economy, research suggests, as concerns about outbreaks of preventable diseases grow in the US and Europe.The new study reveals that even a 5% drop in uptake of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine among children in the US could result in a threefold increase in measles cases, and cost the public sector millions of dollars.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



Malawi: Measles Campaign On Promising Note - Report

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:17:58 +0100

[Nyasa Times] Communities and School going children have responded positively to the ongoing National Integrated Measles- Rubella vaccination campaign within the Area 18 Health Centre catchment areas. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Malawi: Malawi Targets Over 10 Million Children in 3 Vaccine Intervention

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 19:35:36 +0100

[Nyasa Times] Malawi Government is targeting over 10 million children in 2017 Measles-rubella vaccine campaign which is set for 12 to 16 June this year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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VACCINE HOAX unveiled as rigorous scientific study finds NO reduction in measles, mumps, rubella, influenza or rotavirus among vaccinated children

Tue, 30 May 2017 21:18:27 +0100

(Natural News) The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine controversy started with the 1998 publication of a research paper in the medical journal The Lancet. Former gastroenterologist Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his team found a link between the MMR vaccine and inflammatory bowel disease. The paper was eventually retracted under the weight of an organized... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Malawi: Hospital Geared for Measles Rubella Vaccination

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:58:24 +0100

[Malawi News Agency] Thyolo -Thyolo District Hospital says cooperation and coordination amongst stakeholders is vital for the successful implementation of the Measles-Rubella (MR) Vaccination exercise which is scheduled to start from June 12 to 16 this year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Measles, Mumps and Rubella Virus Vaccine, Live

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:59:00 +0100

(Source: What's New at CBER)



Many Americans Skipping MMR Vaccination Before Traveling Abroad (FREE)

Mon, 15 May 2017 23:41:21 +0100

By Kelly Young Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Of U.S. adults who go to travel clinics before traveling internationally, only about half of those eligible for the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)



More than half of eligible US travelers not receiving measles immunization

Mon, 15 May 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators found that 53 percent of individuals seeking pre-travel consultations at clinics across the country who were eligible to receive the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine were not vaccinated during the clinic visit. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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Doctors Weren't Listening To Somali Immigrants' Autism Concerns. Then Anti-Vaxxers Did.

Thu, 11 May 2017 09:46:46 +0100

Deeqa Hussein can’t put her finger on exactly how or when the vaccination disconnect happened in her community. For years, the large number of Somali immigrant parents in the Twin Cities area vaccinated their children at rates as high as 92 percent ― outpacing virtually every other ethnic group. And then, Hussein said, many parents just stopped.  “I felt like there was a lot fear and anxiety surrounding the MMR vaccine,” said Hussein, a special-education teacher with the Minneapolis Public Schools who also serves as the vice president of the local Somali Parents Autism Network and has two sons with autism. “In the Somali community, it’s very close-knit,” she said. “Word of mouth is much more powerful.”  Children of Somali descent ...



Minnesota Sees Largest Outbreak of Measles in Almost 30 Years

Fri, 05 May 2017 18:32:54 +0100

Officials attribute some of the causes to unvaccinated children of Somali immigrants whose parents fell under the sway of anti-vaccination activists. (Source: NYT Health)



Uganda: German Measles Outbreak Confirmed in Agago

Tue, 02 May 2017 12:25:34 +0100

[Observer] The ministry of health has confirmed an outbreak of Germany measles also known as Rubella in Agago district in northern Uganda. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Uganda: Measles Outbreak in Agago, 34 Cases Registered

Mon, 01 May 2017 05:13:48 +0100

[Monitor] Agago -An outbreak of rubella commonly known as German measles or three-day measles has been confirmed in Agago District. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Mumps and Rubella: Stepchildren of the MMR?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:13:37 +0100

The number of US cases of mumps in recent years may surprise you. What's behind the rise and why don't we hear about it? (Source: ConsultantLive)

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Civil Society: “Everyday Things Are Getting Worse” for Children in Yemen

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:19:10 +0100

Water delivery in Yemen. Credit: UN photoBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Apr 20 2017 (IPS)Persistent attacks on health care in Yemen is severely impacting children’s well-being, civil society detailed at the launch of a report. In the report, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, in collaboration with Save the Children, found a series of systematic attacks on medical facilities and personnel and families’ restricted access to health care across three of the most insecure governorates in the Middle Eastern nation.According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), warring parties carried out at least 160 attacks against medical facilities and personnel between March 2015 and March 2017 through intimidation, air strikes, and impeded access to medical supplies.In...



The 2017 Mumps Outbreak Probably Isn't Related To Vaccine Refusal

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:18:31 +0100

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What Causes Uveitis?

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:34:44 +0100

Discussion Inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, or uvea, is termed uveitis. Uveitis can be divided into anterior, intermediate or posterior uveitis by involving the anterior (iris and ciliary body), intermediate (vitreous) or posterior (choroid and usually retina) compartments. Panuveitis involves all 3 compartments. Duration can also be used to classify uveitis. Acute is 6 weeks and > 3 months is chronic persistent uveitis. Episodic periods of inactivity and reactivity that last more than 3 months are called recurrent uveitis. A third way to characterize uveitis is if it is granulomatous or not. Uveitis increases with age with the highest incidence and prevalence in > 65 year olds. Only ~10% of uveitis occurs in the pediatric age group. Uveitis can be difficult to identify i...

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Infectious Diseases A-Z: Mumps outbreaks in the U.S.

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The Arkansas Department of Health is investigating 2,918 confirmed cases of mumps and reports some of those cases involved children and adults who were immunized. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh says, "The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) is very good in preventing mumps but not perfect. Often we see a large [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)



Questions and answers on immunization and vaccine safety

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100

WHO: Q&As on immunization and vaccine safety (Source: WHO Feature Stories)



Antenatal screening in Europe: How to avoid mother-to-child transmission of infections

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)) Transmission of infections with HIV, hepatitis B, syphilis or rubella from mother to child before and during birth as well as in infancy still occur across Europe -- despite existing prevention methods. A new ECDC report outlines the cornerstones for effective antenatal screening programs across the EU/EEA countries. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



'Fake News' Is Also Plaguing The World Of Science

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 22:40:07 +0100

By David Mills The political arena isn’t the only place where “fake news” is being debated. Scientists are now speaking out about false information and “alternative facts” that they say are diluting and harming legitimate research. To be sure, there has always been phony scientific material from snake oil salesmen to industry-sponsored research to tabloid headlines. However, experts interviewed by Healthline say the advent of the internet and the popularity of social media have made it easier for fraudulent information to spread. The topic is worrisome enough that the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) made it part of their agenda at their annual meeting last weekend in Boston. “The new media environment has allowed this type of i...



Vaxess Technologies lands $6m for microneedle vaccines

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 20:33:52 +0100

Vaxess Technologies said today that it won 2 grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation totalling up to $6 million for the development of inactivated polio and live attenuated measles rubella vaccines using the company’s Mimix sustained-release microneedle patch technology. The company’s Mimix technology is designed for sustained, transdermal delivery of vaccines and inmmunotherapies, according to Vaxess. The company engineered biopolymer microneedles to encapsulate antigens for controlled, transdermal administration and claims that the technology enhances efficacy, simplifies dosing and improves product stability under harsh environmental conditions. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Vaxess Technologies lands $6m for microne...

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What rubella vaccine can teach us about fighting Zika virus

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:56:48 +0100

Against the backdrop of the hunt for a vaccine to fight the Zika virus, journalist and doctor Meredith Wadman examines the science and politics behind the creation of the rubella vaccine. (Source: CBC | Health)



Ten million lives saved by 1962 breakthrough, study says

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:32:08 +0100

Nearly 200 million cases of polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, adenovirus, rabies and hepatitis A -- and approximately 450,000 deaths from these diseases -- were prevented in the US alone between 1963 and 2015 by vaccination, researchers estimate. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Health Officials To Decide If The U.S. Should Get 3 MMR Shots Instead Of 2

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:13:45 +0100

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Link between herpes in pregnancy and autism is unconfirmed

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:00:00 +0100

Conclusion This was a Norwegian case-control study that looked at whether maternal infections during pregnancy are associated with the risk of neurological developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in their children. The study initially found no association between any of the pathogens during pregnancy or after delivery, and the development of ASD in boys or girls. Further investigations suggested that high levels of HSV-2 virus antibodies during mid-pregnancy were associated with increased risk of the development of ASD in boys. The researchers suggest that the suspected risk of ASD associated with high levels of virus is not down to the HSV-2 virus itself but the impact of inflammation and the subsequent activation of the immune system on child development during...

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Infectious Diseases A-Z: Vaccines prevent diseases

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:00:00 +0100

"Vaccinations prevent infections before they occur," says Dr. Vandana Bhide, a pediatrician and internal medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic.?She says, "Childhood diseases, once thought to have been eradicated, such as measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough, are making a resurgence in the U.S." from waning immunity or lack of immunizations. Watch: Dr. Vandana Bhide talks [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)



Most Americans Agree That Vaccinations Should Be Required For School Attendance

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:50:32 +0100

Most Americans think vaccines are beneficial for health, and that children should be required to get them, according to a new poll. The poll, from Pew Research Center, found 82 percent of U.S. adults say healthy children should be required to get the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in order to attend school, while just 17 percent say parents should be able to decide not to vaccinate their kids. In addition, nearly three-quarters of respondents (73 percent) rated the health benefits of the MMR vaccine as “high” or “very high,” while just 7 percent rated the benefits as “low.” Overall, 88 percent of Americans said the benefits of the MMR vaccine outweigh the risks, the poll found. [Just How Safe Are Vaccines? Here Are the Numbers] Still, parents w...



[In Brief] News at a glance

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:23:07 +0100

In science news around the world, the critically endangered saiga antelope faces a new threat from a livestock virus in Mongolia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gives a global health trends institute at the University of Washington a big financial boost, Russia's health ministry decides the country cannot afford to spend $1.2 billion to ramp up the response to its burgeoning HIV/AIDS epidemic, a new Pew Research Center poll reveals that 82% of Americans think the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine should be required for public school entry, and more. Also, scientists remind U.S. President Donald Trump that torture doesn't work, the Doomsday Clock ticks closer to midnight, and more from Trump's first week in office. And Science chats with evolutionary biologist Michael Eisen, who ...



[Book Review] Our best shot

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:23:07 +0100

Meredith Wadman's meticulously researched and carefully crafted book, The Vaccine Race, is an enlightening telling of the development of vaccines in the mid-20th century. Drawing from firsthand interviews, personal correspondence, journal articles, and governmental archival documents, Wadman relates the work of the brilliant scientists who toiled for years to develop vaccines against diseases including polio, rubella, and rabies; the experiences of vulnerable individuals who were unwittingly enrolled in vaccine trials; and the suffering of families and individuals devastated by diseases that have since been nearly eradicated by vaccination. Author: Erica C. Jonlin (Source: ScienceNOW)

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Most U.S. adults support routine MMR vaccine for children

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:02:28 +0100

HealthDay News More than eight out of 10 Americans support mandatory measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccination for children attending public schools, a new survey finds. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



Most U.S. Adults Support Routine Child Vaccine

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:15:31 +0100

Survey finds 80 percent have positive view of the shot against measles, mumps and rubella (Source: WebMD Health)



Trump ’ s vaccine views are at odds with those of most Americans, study says

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:00:15 +0100

The criticism of vaccines voiced by President Trump and some other public figures is at odds with the attitudes of most Americans, who overwhelmingly support requiring public school children to be vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday. Overall, 82 percent of Americans support requiring students in public […]Related:A swig of hydrogen peroxide — promoted by alternative-health devotees — can kill youThe longest running streak ever ended Saturday at 19,032 daysDrug company to help improve Virginia’s prescription drug monitoring system (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



Most U.S. Adults Support Routine Child Vaccine

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0100

Survey finds 80 percent have positive view of the shot against measles, mumps and rubella Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Childhood Immunization, Health Disparities (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



Vast Majority of Americans Say Benefits of Childhood Vaccines Outweigh Risks

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:52:58 +0100

Most Americans support requiring the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine for public school children in order to protect public health. They see high preventive health benefits of such vaccines, and low risk of side effects, and they consider the benefits of the vaccine to outweigh the risks. (Source: PHPartners.org)



Majority of Americans say benefits of childhood vaccines outweigh risks

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Pew Research Center) Despite debate about the safety of childhood vaccines among some groups in the public, 82% of Americans support requiring children attending public school to be vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Still, several groups, such as parents of young children, express more concern about the safety of the MMR vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Ocular Complications of Congenital Infections

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 23:00:00 +0100

This article summarizes the ocular complications of the 5 infections typically represented by the acronym TORCHES (toxoplasmosis, rubella, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex, and syphilis), as well as others, including newer pathogens such as the human immunodeficiency, West Nile, and Zika viruses. (Source: NeoReviews recent issues)



Bereaved parents call for routine Strep B screening

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:00:00 +0100

250,000-signature petition says testing would prevent avoidable deaths and disability Related items fromOnMedica New hopes for eradication of streptococcus B in children The risks posed by Group B Streptococcus infection Pregnant women will no longer to be screened for rubella susceptibility Local Strep B guidelines must be reviewed regularly, audit says (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Newly Appointed Vaccine Chair, Has A Dangerously Anti-Science View

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:20:53 +0100

President-elect Donald Trump made his previously vague stance on vaccines much clearer on Tuesday, when he invited vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to chair a panel on vaccine safety and scientific integrity.  Like many people who speak out against current vaccination practices, Kennedy says he’s fine with the concept of the shots but strongly opposes the use of thimerosal ― a preservative that hasn’t been used in childhood vaccines in the U.S. since 2001.  Kennedy’s position against a scary-sounding chemical compound may seem measured, considering he has acknowledged that vaccines have saved millions of lives around the world and has said he vaccinated all six of his children.  But he has also alleged that there’s a global corporate ...

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Mumps Cases Are The Highest They've Been In 10 Years

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:18:27 +0100

For SELF, by Korin Miller.Experts suggest a few different factors may be to blame. According to new government data, the U.S. is experiencing more mumps cases this year than the country has seen annually in a decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, as of November 5, the U.S. has seen 2,879 cases of mumps in 45 states and Washington, D.C., this year. By comparison, there were a little over 1,000 cases reported last year. Mumps is a highly contagious disease that’s caused by a virus that is spread through saliva and mucus. It used to cause up to 186,000 cases a year, but the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine — better known as the MMR vaccine — brought numbers down, the CDC says. The CDC recommends that children get two doses of the MMR vaccin...



Meeting with Trump emboldens anti-vaccine activists, who see an ally in the Oval Office

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:10:52 +0100

By Rebecca Robins The discredited researcher who launched the anti-vaccine movement met with Donald Trump this summer -- and found him sympathetic to the cause. Now, with Trump preparing to move into the White House, leaders of the movement are newly energized, hopeful they can undermine decades of public policy promoting childhood vaccinations. At the most basic level, they're hoping Trump will use his bully pulpit to advance his oft-stated concern -- debunked by an extensive body of scientific evidence -- that there's a link between vaccines and autism. "For the first time in a long time, I feel very positive about this, because Donald Trump is not beholden to the pharmaceutical industry," movement leader Andrew Wakefield told STAT in a phone interview. "He didn't rely upon [d...



Rubella virus persists after vaccination in some patients with immunodeficiency disorders

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 18:58:06 +0100

Some patients with rare primary immunodeficiency disorders may be at risk for infection by rubella virus, and possibly serious skin inflammation, after receiving the rubella vaccine, usually administered as part of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Although the vaccine for rubella (German measles) has an established record of safety and effectiveness in the general population, patients with severe deficiencies in their immune defenses may be susceptible to side effects from the vaccine, say researchers. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Rubella virus persists after vaccination in some patients with rare immune disorders

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 04:00:00 +0100

(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) Some patients with rare primary immunodeficiency disorders may at risk for infection by rubella virus, and possibly serious skin inflammation, after receiving the rubella vaccine. Although the vaccine for rubella (German measles) has an established record of safety and effectiveness in the general population, patients with severe deficiencies in their immune defenses may be susceptible to side effects from the vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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The autism breakthrough has brought hope to millions - but big challenges remain

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 21:59:44 +0100

Autism is a condition that exerts a grip on the public imagination like no other. In the social world in which we live, the capacity to read situations and respond appropriately is crucial to successful human interaction. People with autism struggle to acquire this skill. An estimated 600,000 people in Britain have autistic spectrum disorders, ranging from mild to severe, and there has been no proven treatment for the condition - until now. This week, researchers reported the first successful long term intervention for autism in a ground breaking study that has brought hope to millions of families. Scientists trained parents to meet the needs of their children with the condition by filming their interactions and then replaying them while providing advice on how to respond to each cue. ...



The Autism Breakthrough Has Brought Hope To Millions -- But Big Challenges Remain

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 21:59:44 +0100

Autism is a condition that exerts a grip on the public imagination like no other. In the social world in which we live, the capacity to read situations and respond appropriately is crucial to successful human interaction. People with autism struggle to acquire this skill. An estimated 600,000 people in Britain have autistic spectrum disorders, ranging from mild to severe, and there has been no proven treatment for the condition -- until now. This week, researchers reported the first successful long term intervention for autism in a ground breaking study that has brought hope to millions of families. Scientists trained parents to meet the needs of their children with the condition by filming their interactions and then replaying them while providing advice on how to respond to each cue...



Americas declared free of measles

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:35:10 +0100

The Region of the Americas is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems, including pneumonia, blindness, brain swelling and even death. This achievement culminates a 22-year effort involving mass vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella throughout the Americas. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



As Of Today, The Americas Are Finally Measles-Free

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:05:12 +0100

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Americas has become the first region in the world to be free of measles, following a 22-year vaccination drive against the disease which continues to infect tens of thousands of people globally, the Pan American Health Organization said on Tuesday. The milestone was confirmed after no cases of the highly contagious disease originating in the Americas were recorded in at least three years, the PAHO said. “This is truly a historic deed,” said Carissa Etienne, director of the PAHO, which serves as the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional office for the Americas. Globally, measles remains a leading cause of death among young children in the developing world. About 250,000 people were infected with measles las...



Doctors able to propose new national screening topics

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:00:00 +0100

Screening topic proposals opened for first time Related items fromOnMedica Pregnant women will no longer to be screened for rubella susceptibility US recommends bowel screening from 50-75 years Kernicterus screening ‘not beneficial’ reports PHE Nearly a third of hospitals failing bowel cancer patients Full screening uptake would prevent 83% of cervical cancer deaths (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



Is YOUR child at risk of infection? Number of under twos without MMR jab increases

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:15:00 +0100

The percentage of children given the measles, mumps and rubella jab by their second birthday is continuing to fall, with hundreds of children and adults at risk of the infectious viruses. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Statins prevent 80,000 heart attacks and strokes a year in UK, study finds

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 22:30:45 +0100

Study in Lancet says risk of side-effects has been exaggerated and controversy will cause 2,000 extra heart attacks and strokes over next decadeStatins to lower cholesterol prevent 80,000 heart attacks and strokes every year in the UK, far outweighing the harm from rare side-effects, according to a review of the evidence which aims to put a heated controversy to rest and reassure the public that statins are safe.The review is published by the Lancet medical journal, whose editor, Richard Horton, likened the harm done to public confidence by the critics of statins to that caused by the paper his journal published on the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine in 1998.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



Rubella children of the '60s hold clues for Zika babies

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 18:42:38 +0100

(Source: CNN.com - Health)



Tanzania: Rubella Cases On the Decline in Tanzania

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:54:12 +0100

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Cases of children with rubella, a disease that can cause blindness at birth, have declined sharply in Tanzania over a period of one year, raising fresh hopes of eliminating the viral infection in the coming years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Zika Causes Deafness In About 6 Percent Of Cases

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:38:01 +0100

A study in Brazil of 70 babies whose mothers had confirmed Zika infections found that nearly 6 percent had hearing loss, adding a new complication to the list of ills the virus can cause when women are infected during pregnancy. The Brazilian study, published on Tuesday in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly report on death and disease, confirmed less rigorous reports of deafness among infants born to mothers with Zika infections. The finding is part of an effort to fully characterize the harm caused by the Zika virus during pregnancy. The virus is best known for causing the severe birth defect microcephaly, characterized by undersized heads and underdeveloped brains. But other studies have shown that Zika can cause other brain abnormalities, vision problems ...



Vaccines Are Crucial And Safe. So Why Are Parents Still Questioning Them?

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:58:20 +0100

If ever there was an idea that doctors, researchers and public health experts are in agreement upon, it’s that vaccines are safe and strongly recommended. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports immunizing children. So does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vast majority of parents in the United States clearly do as well, as evidenced by national vaccination rates that have remained relatively stable ― and high.  Yet according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, pediatricians say they’ve seen a shift in parents’ concerns about childhood vaccines in the past decade ― and not necessarily a good one. Doctors report that they’re seeing more caregivers who are looking to delay vaccines, or refusing them altogether,...



New report highlights more than 250 vaccines in development

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:15:40 +0100

More than 200 years ago, the first vaccine was developed for smallpox, and now, the disease has been eradicated worldwide. And in the United States, the transmission of poliovirus, measles and rubella have been eliminated. These are examples of tremendous scientific progress, and through our growing understanding of how these and other diseases work at the molecular level, many new therapeutic and preventative vaccines have been developed. (Source: The Catalyst)



New report highlights more than 250 therapeutic and preventative vaccines in development

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:15:02 +0100

More than 200 years ago, the first vaccine was developed for smallpox, and now, the disease has been eradicated worldwide. And in the United States, the transmission of poliovirus, measles and rubella have been eliminated. These are examples of tremendous scientific progress and through our growing understanding of how these and other diseases work at the molecular level, many new therapeutic and preventative vaccines have been developed. (Source: The Catalyst)



More Kids Will Get Vaccinated Under New California Law

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:36:39 +0100

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. Mississippi hasn’t had a case of measles since 1992. West Virginia last saw measles – a highly contagious virus that kills an estimated 314 people worldwide every day – in 2009. Now, with California’s new vaccination law rolling out shot by shot, the state joins Mississippi and West Virginia to become the third in the nation to adopt stringent vaccination school entrance requirements. And medical experts say disease rates are likely to fall in California as they have in those states. “It’s a good club to be in,” said Rahul Gupta, state health officer in West Virginia, who was effusive in welcoming California – home to more than eight times the number of ...

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Microcephaly Isn’t The Only Threat Zika Virus Poses To Newborns

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:05:45 +0100

The most commonly known birth defect caused by Zika virus is microcephaly, a condition in which an infant’s head circumference is smaller than average. It can indicate brain damage and lifelong learning and mental disabilities for the child.  Now a new study is shedding light on yet another serious condition that can Zika virus can cause in infants.  Arthrogryposis, a condition in which the body’s joints are malformed, preventing normal flexion and extension, should be added to the list of potential consequences for newborns whose mothers were infected with Zika virus, according to researchers in Recife, Brazil. Before 2015, arthrogryposis in infants had not been linked to a maternal viral infection. Instead, it was usually linked to fetal akinesia, when a fetus does ...



Before Zika: The virus that helped legalize abortion in the US

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 16:55:48 +0100

More than 50 years before the Zika virus grabbed headlines and stoked fears among pregnant women, the rubella virus helped legalize abortion in the U.S. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Public Health England: music festivals 'are measles hotspots'

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 15:35:00 +0100

"Music festivals including Glastonbury have become a hotbed of measles this summer, Public Health England has warned," BBC News reports. The public health body have called on young people to check their vaccination status before attending an event. Public Health England (PHE) say there have been 38 suspected measles cases reported in people who attended events in June and July. As there are a number of big musical festivals coming up, such as the Reading Festival, there are concerns that there could be further outbreaks. What is measles? Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications.  Anyone can get measles if they haven't been vaccinated or they haven't had it before, although it's most common in young ...



Namibia: Why Support for Vaccination Campaign Supersedes Arguments Against

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:35:43 +0100

[Namibian] AS reported in the media, our Ministry of Health and Social Services announced and subsequently carried out a nationwide vaccination campaign against measles and rubella. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Third MMR Dose May Be Useful in Mumps Outbreaks Third MMR Dose May Be Useful in Mumps Outbreaks

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:45:16 +0100

The CDC suggests a third dose of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine may be considered to help control mumps outbreaks, but proof of efficacy is needed.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



How Social Media, Tech Influences Vaccination Campaigns in Kenya

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 05:00:47 +0100

  As part of the Measles and Rubella Initiative, we are committed to vaccinating kids in countries across the world. We recently supported our friends at the Kenya Red Cross, as they... {This is a content summary only. Click the blog post title to continue reading this post, share your comments, browse the blog and more!} (Source: Red Cross Chat)



Mumps Outbreak at a University and Recommendation for a Third Dose of Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine — Illinois, 2015–2016

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:00:02 +0100

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)



Namibia: Health Minister Diffuses Alarm Over Measles Vaccine

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:37:51 +0100

[New Era] Windhoek -Many people have expressed concerns about the measles and rubella vaccination campaign that started on Monday and want to know why the government is only targeting people between the ages of nine months and 39 years old. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Uganda Rolls Out Compulsory Immunization to Dispel Anti-Vaccine Myths

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:49:56 +0100

Women wait to immunize their children at the Kisugu Health Centre in Kampala, Uganda, where free vaccinations take place. The nurse in the foreground is Betty Makakeeto. Credit: Amy Fallon/IPSBy Amy FallonKAMPALA, Jun 29 2016 (IPS)Patience*, a Ugandan maid, planned on taking her three-year-old son for polio immunization during the country’s mass campaigns a year ago, until her landlord’s wife told her a shocking myth.“The medicine they are injecting them with means the boy when he’s an adult won’t be able to reproduce,” Patience, 32, recalled to IPS what she’d been informed. “She said: ‘Don’t even think about immunization’.”Patience said that in her neighborhood, the Kyebando slum in Kampala, many families “lied to medical personnel” because they were “te...



Namibia: Ministry Urges Vaccination for Rubella and Measles

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:32:36 +0100

[Namibian] THE Ministry of Health will hold a nationwide measles and rubella vaccination campaign for all people aged from nine months to 39 years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Your Complete Guide To Staying Healthy During The Summer Olympics

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:30:47 +0100

Rio de Janeiro is expecting about 500,000 visitors for the Olympic and Paralympic games this August. If you’re one of them, there are a few things you need to consider in order to have a safe, happy and healthy trip to Brazil this year.   1. Make sure you’re up to date on all your vaccines. This is travel safety 101. Infectious disease loves a crowd, and one way to make sure a nasty bug doesn't hitch a ride with you is to get vaccinated.  What to do:  Make an appointment with a travel doctor now to make sure you’re current on all your regular vaccines (measles, mumps, rubella, etc.) and then take a look at all the vaccines suggested specifically for Brazil. In addition to the routine ones like the flu shot and chickenpox, the U.S. Centers for Disease C...



Kenya: Catholic School Closed for Blocking Measles Vaccination

Fri, 27 May 2016 08:20:43 +0100

[Nation] A Catholic Church-sponsored school in Embu has been closed down after its administrators barred health officials from administering the measles-rubella jab to pupils. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Kenya: 19 Million Children Vaccinated Against Rubella, Measles

Thu, 26 May 2016 13:46:52 +0100

[Nation] Preliminary results of the just concluded Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign indicates that the targeted 19 million children between 9months and 14 years were vaccinated. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Kenya: Nakuru Bishop Condemns Arrest of Catholic Nun Over Measles Jab

Thu, 26 May 2016 10:59:24 +0100

[Nation] The Catholic Church has condemned the arrest of a nun accused of blocking health officials from administering vaccines for measles and rubella (also known as German measles) to pupils in a private school. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Global Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network SupportGlobal Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network Support

Wed, 25 May 2016 14:09:36 +0100

The WHO Global Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network was established to provide high quality laboratory support for surveillance of these diseases. Has it been successful? Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



7 things about vaccines and autism that the movie ‘Vaxxed’ won’t tell you

Wed, 25 May 2016 13:25:20 +0100

On its surface, the movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” appears to be a slickly produced scientific documentary with lots of charts and data about one of the most important issues of our time. The central premise of the film is that the country’s mandatory measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine — when given to children under age 2 […] (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



Kenya: Nun Held for Allegedly Blocking Measles Jab

Tue, 24 May 2016 08:40:32 +0100

[Nation] A Catholic nun was Monday evening arrested for obstructing the ongoing immunisation campaign against measles and rubella in Bahati Constituency, Nakuru County. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Kenya: Ministry Says Measles-Rubella-Tetanus Immunization Safe

Fri, 13 May 2016 07:41:54 +0100

[Capital FM] Nairobi -The Ministry of Health has assured that Measles-Rubella- Tetanus immunization exercise that is set to kick off next week will be a safe process since all volunteers' have been adequately trained. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Kenya: Measles Drive Targeting 19 Million Children to Start Monday

Thu, 12 May 2016 12:40:42 +0100

[Nation] Ministry of Health will launch a measles-rubella and tetanus vaccination campaign Monday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Global Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network Support for Elimination Goals, 2010–2015

Thu, 05 May 2016 23:13:12 +0100

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)