Indonesia is set to face a measles epidemic after Muslim clerics declared its vaccine 'sinful'
Vaccinations rates in Indonesia against measles and rubella have plummeted from the recommended 95 per cent to as low as just eight per cent. Gelatine is added as a stabiliser to vaccines. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

InDevR's VaxArray platform to tackle measles-Rubella vaccines
(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR announced today that it will pursue proof of concept development for new VaxArray potency assays for measles (M) and rubella vaccines sponsored by the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation. The long-term objective is to create in vitro measles and rubella potency assays in order to deliver high quality MR vaccines to market faster and with lower production costs. The project will leverage the multiplexed VaxArray platform, which was first developed and validated for more efficient potency testing of influenza vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 8, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Muslim concern about vaccine fuels Thai measles outbreak
Health authorities in Thailand are racing to contain a measles outbreak in the country's southern provinces, where 14 deaths and more than 1,500 cases have been reported since September (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Don't believe the 'social media fake news' about vaccines, says England's top doctor
Professor Dame Sally Davies' comments come on the 30th anniversary of the vaccine being introduced, and following a summer of measles outbreaks across Europe. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fatal measles case highlights importance of herd immunity in protecting the vulnerable
(Infectious Diseases Society of America) Last year, a 26-year-old man receiving treatment for leukemia went to a Swiss hospital's emergency room with a fever, a sore throat, and a cough, and was admitted. His condition worsened, and 17 days later, he died from severe complications of measles. The man's weakened immune system was unable to fight off the disease, even though he was vaccinated against measles as a child. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Here ’s what happened after California got rid of personal belief exemptions for childhood vaccines
Health authorities in California have more power to insist that a dog is vaccinated against rabies than to ensure that a child enrolled in public school is vaccinated against measles.That ’s just one of the frustrations faced by health officials in the first year after California did away with... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - October 29, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

The DRC Ebola Outbreak May Be Declared an International Public Health Emergency. Here ’s What to Know
The World Health Organization (WHO) will meet Wednesday to determine whether a worsening Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. The meeting, set to be held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva, comes about a month after the WHO upgraded Ebola’s risk level in the DRC from “high” to “very high,” according to a UN statement. At that time, global risk was deemed low and the WHO did not recommend limiting travel or trade in and out of the DRC. But depending on the conclusion of Wednesday’s eme...
Source: TIME: Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized ebola healthytime onetime Source Type: news

The WHO Said the DRC Ebola Outbreak Is Not an International Public Health Emergency. Here ’s What to Know
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday that a worsening Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) does not constitute an international public health emergency, but stressed in a statement that it remains “deeply concerned” about the situation. The emergency meeting, which was held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva, was called about a month after the WHO upgraded Ebola’s risk level in the DRC from “high” to “very high,” according to a UN statement. At that time, global risk was deemed low and the WHO did not recommend limiting travel ...
Source: TIME: Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized ebola healthytime onetime Source Type: news

How Scientists Are Treating Breast Cancer Using the Immune System
As a pharmacist, Kathy James considers herself well educated about the importance of getting regular cancer screenings. Even though the 55-year-old had no history of cancer in her family, she never skipped her regular mammograms, and she gave herself regular breast exams. So she was dumbfounded when, during one of those self-exams in May 2017, she felt a marble-size lump in her left breast. A visit to the doctor confirmed it. “The radiologist came in with his hands in his pockets and looked down and said, ‘It doesn’t look good,'” James says. After a biopsy, James and her husband learned she had meta...
Source: TIME: Health - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized breast cancer news Frontiers of Medicine Source Type: news

How Scientists Are Treating Breast Cancer Using the Immune System
As a pharmacist, Kathy James considers herself well educated about the importance of getting regular cancer screenings. Even though the 55-year-old had no history of cancer in her family, she never skipped her regular mammograms, and she gave herself regular breast exams. So she was dumbfounded when, during one of those self-exams in May 2017, she felt a marble-size lump in her left breast. A visit to the doctor confirmed it. “The radiologist came in with his hands in his pockets and looked down and said, ‘It doesn’t look good,'” James says. After a biopsy, James and her husband learned she had meta...
Source: TIME: Science - October 4, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized breast cancer news Frontiers of Medicine Source Type: news

Ask Well: How Long Do I Retain Immunity?
Antibody half-life varies tremendously, from about 11 years for tetanus to over 200 years for measles and mumps. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RICHARD KLASCO, M.D. Tags: Mumps Measles Tetanus Smallpox Viruses Vaccination and Immunization Diphtheria Infections Source Type: news

Measles outbreak: Should your child be given the MMR vaccine as measles cases soar
MEASLES is making a resurgence throughout Europe, as cases of the once eradicated disease skyrocket amid anti-vaccination popularity. One of the best ways to combat the spread is to ensure your child is given the MMR vaccine. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles: Is the MMR vaccine safe? Dr Ranj reveals how to avoid ‘severe consequences’
MEASLES is a highly infectious viral illness which can result in serious complications, including fatality. The MMR vaccine can prevent measles, mumps ad rubella, but is it safe? Dr Ranj Singh issued his advice on This Morning. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Childhood vaccine uptake slumps in England
MMR coverage at lowest level since 2011 Related items fromOnMedica Rapid rise in flu consultations putting strain on GPs Easter travellers warned over Europe measles outbreak Public Health Wales renews call for parents to take children for MMR jab GPs in catch-up campaign to target a million children with MMR Measles immunity fades sooner in babies of vaccinated mothers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Take-up of MMR vaccine falls for fourth year in a row in England
Proportion of children being immunised down to 91.2% as experts warn of measles riskThe proportion of children in England getting immunised for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) has fallen for the fourth year in a row, as uptake for a further nine out of the 12 routine vaccinations has dropped, figures show.Related:Resurgence of deadly measles blamed on low MMR vaccination ratesContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 18, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Marsh Tags: MMR Vaccines and immunisation Health Infectious diseases Medical research NHS Microbiology Children Science Society Source Type: news

Healthcare cuts 'strongly linked' to the resurgence of measles
(Bocconi University) Studies show that primary reason for the measles outbreak, affecting several European countries, is the decline in vaccination coverage, for which mainly the 'spread of anti-scientific theories' can be blamed. However, a new study in the European Journal of Public Health shows that cuts in public health expenditure also play an important role, with measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination coverage decreasing 0.5 percentage points for each 1 percent expenditure cut (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

How opposition to vaccines caused a measles outbreak in Europe
A measles outbreak in Europe this summer is due to a lack of immunization, according to the World Health Organization. Researchers say that Russian trolls posting misinformation on vaccines are part of the problem. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Radio/The Current Source Type: news

Two Airplane Health Scares This Week Were Linked to People Returning From the Hajj in Mecca
A pair of airline health scares this week were related to the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, officials say. Eleven people were treated at a New York City hospital after reports of sick passengers and crew on an Emirates flight from Dubai on Wednesday. The next day, a total of 12 passengers on two flights into Philadelphia International Airport showed flu-like symptoms. “Overall, the common thread is influenza A cases in returning Hajj pilgrims,” Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) spokesman Benjamin Haynes told TIME. The hajj, an annual pilgrimage for practicing Muslims, this year reportedly drew more than 2 milli...
Source: TIME: Health - September 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime Travel Source Type: news

Two Airplane Health Scares Last Week Were Linked to People Returning From the Hajj in Mecca
A pair of airline health scares last week were related to the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, officials say. Eleven people were treated at a New York City hospital after reports of sick passengers and crew on an Emirates flight from Dubai on Wednesday. The next day, a total of 12 passengers on two flights into Philadelphia International Airport showed flu-like symptoms. “Overall, the common thread is influenza A cases in returning Hajj pilgrims,” Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) spokesman Benjamin Haynes told TIME. The hajj, an annual pilgrimage for practicing Muslims, this year reportedly drew more than 2 milli...
Source: TIME: Health - September 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime Travel Source Type: news

Passengers on 4 Southwest Flights May Have Been Exposed to Measles
A Texas resident sick with measles may have exposed passengers on four Southwest Airlines flights to the highly contagious virus, officials said. The individual took flights connecting through Houston’s Hobby Airport on Aug. 21 and 22, the Houston Health Department announced Thursday. The passenger was diagnosed with measles after traveling, a Southwest representative told TIME, but health department said the person was contagious at the time of the flights. Southwest is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to notify passengers on four flights of the possible exposure, the airline said. T...
Source: TIME: Health - September 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized onetime Texas Source Type: news

Recent measles case in Santa Monica sheds light on risk of outbreak
The recent news about an international tourist with measles who visited Santa Monica raised anew concerns about the potential for an outbreak of the disease, which has been all but eradicated in the United States.Measles remains endemic in many parts of the world, including popular tourist destinations in parts of Western Europe, and travelers need to be aware of the risks posed by the highly contagious disease. In the Santa Monica case, the traveler had visited several restaurants and hotels in Santa Monica from Aug. 8-10.UCLA HealthDr. Deborah Lehman“Measles is one of the most contagious disease we have, and the co...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 30, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Measles Europe outbreak: Why are people rejecting vaccines? Why you SHOULD get injections
MEASLES has made a resurgence in Europe recently as the nasty disease tears through the continent, killing the vulnerable as it comes. Why are people rejecting vaccines for the disease? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Vaccination Debacle
This year's measles outbreak in Europe necessitates a serious discussion about vaccinations and the need for a scientific analysis. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 25, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Julian Vigo, Contributor Source Type: news

Pro-vaccine media goes full conspiracy theory; claims "the Russians" are running anti-vaccine campaigns to try to kill off America with measles
(Natural News) Just when you thought conspiracy theories about “the Russians” couldn’t get any more insane, the corporate-controlled media is now pushing a whole new conspiracy theory about the Russians. According to practically every corporate news outlet in the world, “Russian trolls are responsible for much of the social media activity around vaccines.” Even worse,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Russian trolls and Twitter bots are driving the global anti-vaxxer movement online, study reveals
Vaccination rates are falling, measles rates are surging and arguments about the shots rage on social media, thanks to Twitter bots and Russian trolls a George Washington University study reveals. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles Is Returning to a Range of Places —But Not for the Same Reasons
By now, measles ought to be optional. As long as parents are conscientious and governments are competent, no child has to contract the sometimes fatal disease again. But across Europe and in the U.S., that’s not what’s happening. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were more than 40,000 cases of measles–including 37 deaths–across Europe in just the first six months of 2018. That’s a huge jump: in all of last year, there were 23,927 cases, and only 5,273 the year before. More than half of those 2018 cases were found in Ukraine, while six other countries (Serbia, France, Ital...
Source: TIME: Health - August 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized global health Source Type: news

Measles Is Returning to a Range of Places — But Not for the Same Reasons
By now, measles ought to be optional. As long as parents are conscientious and governments are competent, no child has to contract the sometimes fatal disease again. But across Europe and in the U.S., that’s not what’s happening. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were more than 40,000 cases of measles–including 37 deaths–across Europe in just the first six months of 2018. That’s a huge jump: in all of last year, there were 23,927 cases, and only 5,273 the year before. More than half of those 2018 cases were found in Ukraine, while six other countries (Serbia, France, Ital...
Source: TIME: Health - August 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized global health Source Type: news

Measles vaccine: Do adults need to get it? Latest advice as outbreak hits Europe
MEASLES vaccine, known as the MMR vaccine, is the best form of protection against the virus. The jab is long-lasting and routinely given to babies and pre-schoolers, but do adults need to get the vaccine, particularly with the current outbreak in Europe? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles vaccination warning amid spate of European outbreaks
Health leaders are warning people in England to get up to date with their measles vaccine, following a “dramatic” rise in outbreaks across Europe. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Why Will We See More Measles? Public Health Can Answer
There are vaccine-refusal hotspots in major metropolitan areas which might fuel the spread of measles and other infectious diseases. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone, Contributor Source Type: news

Florida urges vaccinations after 3 measles cases reported
Health officials are urging parents to vaccinate their children against measles after three cases of the disease were reported in a Florida county, among more than 100 cases throughout the U.S. this year. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Ethiopia:Ethiopia Launches Integrated Measles, Vitamin a, and Deworming Campaign
[Ethiopian Herald] ADDIS ABAB- Ministry of Health has launched a preventive measles vaccination campaign to immunize 928,000 children aged six months to 15 years among the internally displaced and host communities in Gedeo Zone of the SNNPR Tuesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Why Is Italy ’s Government Trying to Overturn a Lifesaving Vaccination Law? Here’s What to Know
Italy’s parliament shocked the scientific community on Tuesday by voting to lift a legal requirement that parents vaccinate their children before sending them to pre-school. The move, driven by Italy’s new populist coalition government, has been widely criticized by doctors, who say vaccinations are essential to avoiding outbreaks of serious diseases like measles. Here’s what to know about the Italian government’s decision: What did the Italian government do with vaccines? Italian lawmakers in the upper house of parliament voted 148 to 110 to amend a law that required children under the age of 6 to...
Source: TIME: Health - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ciara Nugent and Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Anti-Vaccines Italy Source Type: news

Italy relaxes its laws on mandatory childhood vaccinations
Italian politicians have amended a law that required all children to have 10 vaccinations against common viral and bacterial diseases, including measles, tetanus and polio. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ethiopia:Ethiopia Launches an Integrated Measles, Vitamin A, and Deworming Campaign for Displaced People in Gedeo Zone
[WHO] The Ethiopian Ministry of Health has launched a preventive measles vaccination campaign to immunize 928 000 children aged 6 months to 15 years among the internally displaced and host communities in Gedeo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region. The campaign will also involve administering vitamin A to children aged six months to five years and deworming of children aged two to five years. Plans are underway for a similar campaign targeting 516 000 children in West Guji Zone of Oromia (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 7, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Vaccination plea as measles outbreak continues
Public health doctors urge teenagers and young adults to complete MMR course Related items fromOnMedica Sending out reminders/recalls can drive up immunisation rates GPs put on alert for measles as cases rise Measles outbreaks confirmed in five areas across UK Young travellers in summer holiday MMR plea (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Brazil tackles measles outbreak with vaccination campaign
Brazil's health ministry has launched a nationwide vaccination campaign to protect children from measles and poliomyelitis (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Italy Senate overturns mandatory vaccination law
Anti-establishment coalition sceptical of inoculations despite rise in measles cases (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - August 6, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Measles: Midwives urge pregnant women to get up-to-date on vaccines
Midwives from Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust are saying now is the time for pregnant women and their families to ensure they are vaccinated to reduce the risk of still births. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New York City 2013 Measles Outbreak Proved Costly
THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 -- Vaccine refusals and delays, particularly in young children, fueled a large measles outbreak following importation of a case into the United States, according to a study published online July 30 in JAMA Pediatrics. Jennifer... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Mumps Outbreaks at Four Universities - Indiana, 2016
In 2016, large mumps outbreaks occurred at four Indiana universities. At some universities documentation of receipt of 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) was not available and required substantial personnel time to verify. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Africa:Cracking the Cold Chain Challenge Is Key to Making Vaccines Ubiquitous
[The Conversation Africa] Over the years vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives. Infectious diseases like polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), smallpox, mumps, tetanus and rotavirus used to be common around the world. Today vaccines can prevent them. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Measles outbreaks across England
Public Health England is advising the public to ensure they have had two doses of MMR vaccine after outbreaks of measles are confirmed across England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Public Health Vaccine Opposition Growing in the United States
TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 -- Public health vaccine opposition has been growing in recent years in the United States, and has resulted in measles outbreaks, according to a policy forum article published online June 12 in PLOS Medicine. Jacqueline K.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

What is the Interval For Non-simultaneous Administration of Live Virus Vaccines?
Discussion Vaccines are a mainstay of infectious disease prevention and health promotion. Infants, children and adults benefit from vaccines the most when they are given on the recommended schedules. However there are times when this is not possible as children come to the physician a little early, or a little late, or had unavailable records and so received addition vaccine, etc. There are many questions that arise because of these timing issues such as the one above. Standard vaccine schedules can be reviewed here. Commonly administered vaccines includes: Live-attenuated vaccines Cholera Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 9, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Proof of Children ’ s Vaccinations? Italy Will Now Take Parents ’ Word for It
A move that Italy ’ s government says is aimed at simplifying school enrollment has raised fear an increase in nonvaccinated children in Europe. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GAIA PIANIGIANI Tags: Italy Vaccination and Immunization Politics and Government Five Star Movement (Italy) League (Italian Political Party) Children and Childhood Measles Source Type: news

Health Basics QUIZ: Which has killed more people, measles or the measles vaccine?
(Natural News) Surely you are paranoid about infectious diseases. You’ve seen horrific pictures of children with poliomyelitis, mumps, and even smallpox. You’ve heard that the science is “settled” as far as vaccines go, and that they are one hundred percent safe and effective. You’ve also never seen any media coverage of vaccine side effects or... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Young adults urged to check they've had MMR vaccine before summer travel
Public Health England today issued another warning for young people to make sure they have had their MMR vaccine as measles continues to spread across the UK and Europe. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Young adults urged to check they've had the MMR vaccine before summer travel
Public Health England today issued another warning for young people to make sure they have had their MMR vaccine as measles continues to spread across the UK and Europe. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Unvaccinated Kids Create Risk of U.S. 'Hot Spots'
The researchers found that among children enrolling in kindergarten, the number of those with nonmedical exemptions has increased since 2009 in 12 states, resulting in lower rates of vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news