Polio and Measles Vaccines Lag for Children Across the World
Millions of young children did not get immunized against polio, measles and other diseases.
CONCLUSIONS: Continued efforts to improve access to vaccination services are required in sub-Saharan Africa. Improving vaccination coverage and reducing inequalities requires enhancing access to quality services that are accessible, affordable, and acceptable to all. Vaccination programs should target critical social determinants of health and address barriers to better maternal health-seeking behaviour.PMID:34794824 | DOI:10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.11.005
[The Conversation Africa] For many of us, the case for childhood vaccination seems self-evident. Every year, this powerful public health intervention protects billions of children from deadly and debilitating infections like polio and measles. Yet worldwide, many parents are reluctant - if not outright refusing - to vaccinate their children. This includes parents who have access to vaccines, are well-educated, and have enjoyed the benefits of having their children grow up in a world free of many vaccine-preventable diseases.
Now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for kids aged 5 to 11, the Biden Administration has signaled that it will rely on a “trusted messenger” to get information to parents and provide access to vaccines once they’re approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: schools. As part of the plan to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to the youngest population yet, schools will again take on a role they’ve assumed during health crises throughout American history: promoting vaccination to keep kids and communities safe from infectious disease. &ld...
They include ones to prevent polio, diphtheria, hepatitis, tetanus, whooping cough, mumps, measles, the flu and other diseases.
This report, which updates a previous report (2), presents global, regional,* and national vaccination coverage estimates and trends as of 2020. Changes are described in vaccination coverage and the numbers of unvaccinated and undervaccinated children as measured by receipt of the first and third doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis-containing vaccine (DTP) in 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began, compared with 2019. Global estimates of coverage with the third dose of DTP (DTP3) and a polio vaccine (Pol3) decreased from 86% in 2019 to 83% in 2020. Similarly, coverage with the first dose of measles-containing vacci...
ConclusionsAfter two years of mandatory vaccination law in Italy, vaccination coverages have reached the 95% threshold only among patients of 24 months of age. Older cohorts still show inadequate vaccination coverages despite the introduction of mandatory vaccination law. Health services at regional level should develop policies and strategies aiming to improve vaccination coverages and to reach herd immunity.Key messagesAfter the introduction on mandatory vaccination, vaccination coverages reached the 95% threshold only among patients of 24 months of age.Health services should develop strategies aiming to improve vaccination coverages.
When I was a medical student in Pakistan, I lamented the condition of its public health system, symbolized by its inability to eradicate polio or measles despite successes in other countries (1). Admittedly, at that time I had not envisioned a COVID-19 pandemic, nor had I imagined that convincing people for vaccination would be a challenge, especially in the western world (2).
Condition: Diarrhoea Interventions: Drug: altSonflex Placebo; Biological: altSonflex1-2-3 Dose C; Biological: altSonflex1-2-3 Dose B; Biological: altSonflex1-2-3 Dose A; Biological: GSK's Meningococcal A, C, Y and W-135 conjugate vaccine; Combination Product: GSK's Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoi d and acellular pertussis vaccine; Combination Product: GSK's Poliomyelitis, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine; Combination Product: Sanofi Pasteur's Typhoid Vi polysaccharide vaccine; Biolo...