Cameroon: Polio Vaccination - Explaining Recurrent Low Risk Perception, Parental Refusal
[Cameroon Tribune] Surprisingly, the toughest resistance to the vaccination of children against the debilitating disease is from residents of Bafoussam, Douala and Yaounde. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 17, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Injectable hydrogel could someday lead to more effective vaccines
(American Chemical Society) Vaccines have curtailed the spread of several infectious diseases, such as smallpox, polio and measles. However, vaccines against some diseases, including HIV-1, influenza and malaria, don't work very well, and one reason could be the timing of antigen and adjuvant presentation to the immune system. Now, researchers reporting inACS Central Science developed an injectable hydrogel that allows sustained release of vaccine components, increasing the potency, quality and duration of immune responses in mice. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ghana: Health Expert Rubbishes Reports of Polio Vaccine Harming Children
[Ghanaian Times] Ho -- Recent social media reports alleging that the polio vaccine rather leaves children vulnerable to the virus are totally false, absolutely baseless and wholly-ridiculous, according to Dr Kwesi Djokoto, Deputy Director of Health (DDH) in charge of public health in the Volta Region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 15, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Seychelles: Polio-Free for 55 Years, Seychellois Authorities Urge Public to Continue Taking the Vaccine
[Seychelles News Agency] Public health authorities in Seychelles are urging residents to continue to take the vaccine against polio, which hasn't been seen in Seychelles since 1966. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 14, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sudan: Polio Programme Accelerates Efforts to Respond to New Polio Outbreaks in Sudan and Yemen
[PR Newswire] Amman, Jordan -- "The recent vaccine-derived polio outbreaks confirmed in Yemen and Sudan are consequences of increasingly low levels of immunity among children. Each outbreak has paralysed children in areas that have been extremely difficult if not impossible to reach with routine or supplementary polio vaccination for extended periods of time. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 14, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cameroon: Polio Eradication - Stanley Enow Rounds Up Promotion Tour
[Cameroon Tribune] He was in the Littoral and Centre Regions for three days to raise awareness on the benefits of vaccination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 14, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Cameroon: Polio Eradication - 'There Is Resistance, but Many People Listen to Me'
[Cameroon Tribune] Cameroonian star rapper, Stanley Enow, held a press conference in Yaounde on September 10, 2020 to close a three-day tour to raise awareness on polio vaccination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 14, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: Polio Vaccination Exercise Begins in Ho Municipality
[Ghanaian Times] At least 42,789 children under the age of five in 117 communities in the Ho municipality will benefit from the national polio vaccination exercise which commenced yesterday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 11, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New polio outbreak in Africa caused by WHO’s oral polio vaccine
(Natural News) Just a week after the World Health Organization announced that their lengthy polio vaccination campaign in Africa was a success, it emerged that their oral vaccine has actually spurred yet another new outbreak of the disease there. The new outbreak is being seen in Sudan, where two children were paralyzed shortly after being... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Great Vaccine Race: Inside the Unprecedented Scramble to Immunize the World Against COVID-19
The cleverest of enemies thrive on surprise attacks. Viruses—and coronaviruses in particular—know this well. Remaining hidden in animal hosts for decades, they mutate steadily, sometimes serendipitously morphing into more effective and efficient infectious agents. When a strain with just the right combination of genetic codes that spell trouble for people makes the leap from animal to human, the ambush begins. Such was the case with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus behind COVID-19, and the attack was mostly silent and insidious at first. Many people infected with SARS-CoV-2 remained oblivious as they served as the v...
Source: TIME: Health - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Magazine Source Type: news

Nigeria: How Northern Emirs Contributed to Eradication of Polio in Nigeria
[Premium Times] When unfounded rumours led to vaccines boycott in Nigeria, some traditional leaders in the north, including His Royal Highness, the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Muhammadu Mera, teamed up with the Federal Government to lead the polio sensitization campaign on the importance of vaccination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 10, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Stopping the Menace of Polio Gives Me Joy as a Father - Emir
[WHO] When unfounded rumours led to vaccines boycott in Nigeria, some traditional leaders in the north, including His Royal Highness, the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Muhammadu Mera, teamed up with the Federal Government to lead the polio sensitization campaign on the importance of vaccination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 10, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ghana: Polio Vaccination for Children in UWR
[Ghanaian Times] Wa -- More than 173,690 children under five years in the Upper West Region will be vaccinated against the poliomyelitis virus from September 10 to 13, 2020 by the Ghana Health Service and its partners. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 9, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

United Nations forced to admit that vaccines from Bill Gates are spreading polio throughout Africa
(Natural News) A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), a branch of the United Nations (UN), confirms everything we have long been saying about the deadly nature of Bill Gates’ vaccination programs in the Third World. Entitled, “Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 – Sudan,” the report outlines how polio vaccines from the Bill... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: 'Stopping the Menace of Polio Gives Me Joy As a Father'
[WHO] When unfounded rumours led to vaccines boycott in Nigeria, some traditional leaders in the north, including His Royal Highness, the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Muhammadu Mera, teamed up with the Federal Government to lead the polio sensitization campaign on the importance of vaccination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 7, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Covid-19 - Millions of Children At Risk of Measles, Polio, Due to Vaccination Disruptions
[Daily Trust] Millions of children in Nigeria are at the risk of measles, polio, diphtheria and other diseases due to disruptions of routine immunisation and other vaccination programmes as a result of the lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 7, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola: Polio Vaccination to Reach Over 400,000 Children
[ANGOP] Huambo -- At least 431,088 children, under five years of age, will be immunised against polio in the province of Huambo from this Saturday until the 12th September, after 24 new cases of infantile paralysis have been discovered in the last eight months in this region of the Central Highlands. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 5, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Enugu Records 100% Success in Target Polio Vaccination - Official
[Vanguard] The Enugu Government has achieved 100 per cent success coverage in the just concluded 'specific-target' polio vaccination in the state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Enugu Records 100% Success in Polio Vaccination - Official
[Premium Times] The Enugu State government says it has achieved 100 per cent success coverage in the just concluded 'specific-target' polio vaccination in the state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Letters to the Editor: Warp-speed vaccine manufacturing sickened 40,000 kids with polio in the 1950s
A reader who became sick with polio after being vaccinated in 1955 warns of the perils of rushing a COVID-19 vaccine. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - September 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Guardian view on African success: a step closer to conquering polio | Editorial
We are tantalisingly close to eradicating the disease. Things may slip backwards because of science, thugs and exponents of ignorancePolio arrives, if it announces itself at all, as a high temperature. Or a sore throat. Maybe a headache, or an upset stomach. It can go within a week or so, and be mistaken for flu. It is transmitted by poor hygiene, largely affects children under five, and many don ’t realise they’ve had it. In 5-10% of cases, however, the virus affects the nerves, paralysing the legs in particular; sometimes it reaches the lungs. For most, this is temporary. For others –30 years ago, this ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 30, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Editorial Tags: Polio Vaccines and immunisation Children Pakistan Afghanistan Hepatitis B Taliban Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Health Medical research Science South and Central Asia Society Source Type: news

Polio Eradicated in Africa: WHO
The campaign by governments and nonprofits delivered nearly 9 billion polio vaccines. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: CDC Polio Surge Response to Expanding Outbreaks of Type 2 Circulating Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus - Africa and Philippines, September 2019-March 2020
This report describes how disruptions in routine immunizations because of the COVID-19 pandemic have elevated the risk for increases in vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio in Africa and the Philippines. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - August 27, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Polio (poliomyelitis) Source Type: news

WHO: Polio Eradicated in Africa
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2020 -- An effort that began in 1996 has led to the eradication of polio in Africa, according to the World Health Organization. The campaign by governments and nonprofits delivered nearly 9 billion polio vaccines, WHO... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 26, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Angola: Angola Registers Three Cases of Circulating Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus
[ANGOP] Luanda -- Angola registered, in the last eight months, three cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus, at a time when Africa is about to declare the eradication of wild polio, announced last Tuesday, in Luanda, the secretary of State for Public Health, Franco Mufinda. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - August 26, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa's triumph over wild polio shows the power of regional unity | Matshidiso Moeti
The legacy of a successful battle is now helping combat Covid, but we must stay vigilant, says WHO ’s Africa regional directorAfrica has declared victory over a virus that once paralysed75,000 children on the continent every year.Four years have now passed since wild polio was last detected in Africa. After a year of rigorously evaluating polio data from all 47 countries in theWHO ’s African region, an independent body of expertsannounced during a virtual ceremony on Tuesdaythat the continent was free of wild polio.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 26, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Matshidiso Moeti Tags: Global health Polio Global development Africa Vaccines and immunisation World Health Organization World news Society Science Epidemics Nigeria Chad Source Type: news

Nigeria: WHO, UNICEF, Laud Nigeria On Ending Wild Poliovirus
[Vanguard] The World Health Organization and the United Nations Children Fund, on Tuesday, lauded Nigeria on being declared free of the wild poliovirus, stressing that achieving this milestone is not the end, as children under five years must continue to be vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - August 26, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Approval of a Coronavirus Vaccine Would Be Just the Beginning – Huge Production Challenges Could Cause Long Delays
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post Approval of a Coronavirus Vaccine Would Be Just the Beginning – Huge Production Challenges Could Cause Long Delays appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Africa: Creating a Great Polio Legacy in the African Region
[allAfrica] "Could you patent the sun?" That was the acclaimed reply from Dr. Jonas Salk when asked whether he'd be patenting his breakthrough polio vaccine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - August 25, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The World Health Organization Declares Africa Polio-Free
Nobody will ever know the identity of the thousands of African children who were not killed or paralyzed by polio this year. They would have been hard to keep track of no matter what because in ordinary times, they would have followed thousands last year and thousands the year before and on back in a generations-long trail of suffering and death. Instead, no African children were claimed by polio this year or last year or the year before. It was in 2016 that the last case of wild, circulating polio was reported in Nigeria—the final country on the 54-nation African continent where the disease was endemic. And with a r...
Source: TIME: Health - August 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Africa to be declared free of wild polio after decades of work
Achievement comes following Nigeria vaccination drive, with last cases of wild virus recorded four years ago (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa Celebrates the End of the Wild Poliovirus (but Not the End of All Polio)
A virus that once paralyzed tens of thousands of children a year is said to have been eradicated on the African continent, though a minor strain still infects hundreds. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ruth Maclean Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Poliomyelitis World Health Organization Africa Nigeria Source Type: news

First Person: Pakistan health worker commits to polio fight, despite COVID fears
Despite suffering the after-effects of the COVID-19 virus, Husna Gul, a staff member with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Pakistan, is committed to ensuring that as many children as possible are vaccinated against the devastating consequences of polio, which can cause muscle-wasting, paralysis and death.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Heidi Larson: Why Is Trust In Vaccines As Important As The Vaccines Themselves?
In 2003, polio reemerged in twenty countries that had long been declared polio-free. Anthropologist Heidi Larson says to stop the spread of disease, we need to first build trust in vaccines.(Image credit: TED) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NPR/TED Staff Source Type: news

Polio vaccination campaigns restart in Afghanistan and Pakistan after COVID-19 hiatus
Polio vaccination campaigns have resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan, months after having been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AFM, a Biennial Polio-Like Viral Illness, Is Expected to Hit the U.S. in 2020
Nobody foresaw the COVID-19 curveball nature was going to throw at us 2020—which is one of the reasons the world has had so much trouble ducking the pitch. But we’ve know for years that another disease, known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), would hit hard this year—beginning this month, in fact. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today held a media teleconference and issued a Vital Signs report reminding families that the illness is fast-approaching, and that in a time of pandemic there could be particular challenges in responding to it that would not be present in other years. AF...
Source: TIME: Health - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Nigeria: WHO a Veritable Partner in Achieving Nigeria's Polio-Free Status, ED of Nphcda Affirms
[WHO] Abuja -- The Executive Director (ED) of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib says, "World Health Organization (WHO) has been the government's strongest partner in the fight against Polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases in Nigeria." (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - August 3, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Bill Gates on How the U.S. Can Course Correct Its COVID-19 Response: ‘You Wish Experts Were Taking Charge’
The U.S. domestic response to the COVID-19 pandemic thus far has been “weak,” Bill Gates believes. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair and Microsoft co-founder told TIME senior health correspondent Alice Park during a TIME100 Talks discussion on Thursday that he’d give the U.S.’s COVID-19 response, “on a relative and absolute basis, not a passing grade.” But, he added, the U.S.’s funding for vaccine and therapeutic research “has been the best in the world,” so if it coordinates to share resources globally, the U.S. could “potentially score the highest&...
Source: TIME: Health - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Madeleine Carlisle Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk TIME100 Talks Source Type: news

Nigeria: WHO, Nigeria's Strongest Partner in Fight Against Polio - Official
[Premium Times] The World Health Organization (WHO) has been Nigeria's strongest partner in the fight against Polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases in the country, an official has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - July 28, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Update on Immunodeficiency-Associated Vaccine-Derived Polioviruses - Worldwide, July 2018-December 2019
This report describes the need to strengthen surveillance for vaccine-derived polio virus among immunodeficient patients to maintain eradication of all polioviruses. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - July 16, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Polio (poliomyelitis) Polio Vaccination Transmission Source Type: news

Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso Resumes Polio Vaccination Campaigns Under Strict COVID-19 Prevention Measures
[WHO] Brazzaville -- Burkina Faso today concluded a four-day mass polio immunization campaign, vaccinating 174 304 children under five years of age in two districts of the country's Centre-East region while observing COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - July 7, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Progress Toward Polio Eradication - Worldwide, January 2018-March 2020
This report describes efforts to conduct polio immunization and surveillance activities and the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 on these efforts. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 25, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Polio (poliomyelitis) Polio Vaccination Source Type: news

Decades-Old Soviet Studies Hint at Coronavirus Strategy
A married pair of virologists in Moscow tested a vaccine on their own children in the 1950s. Now, a side effect they found is sparking new hope for a defense against the coronavirus. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew E. Kramer Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Poliomyelitis Immune System Food and Drug Administration Institute of Human Virology Russian Academy of Sciences Science (Journal) Gallo, Robert C Moscow (Russia) Source Type: news

Slowing the Coronavirus Is Speeding the Spread of Other Diseases
Many mass immunization efforts worldwide were halted this spring to prevent spread of the virus at crowded inoculation sites. The consequences have been alarming. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman and Ruth Maclean Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination and Immunization Measles Poliomyelitis Cholera Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa) your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Could The Polio Vaccine Curb The Coronavirus Pandemic?
The polio vaccine could stimulate a temporary immune boost in the fight against the novel coronavirus. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 14, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Lipi Roy, MD, MPH, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation business pharma & Source Type: news

Oral Polio Vaccines Might Protect Against New Coronavirus
FRIDAY, June 12, 2020 -- Oral polio vaccines might provide temporary protection against the new coronavirus while scientists try to develop a vaccine to fight COVID-19 infection, according to a perspective piece published in the June 12 issue of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 12, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Health Highlights: June 12, 2020
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Oral Polio Vaccines Might Protect Against New Coronavirus: Experts Oral polio vaccines might provide temporary protection against the new... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 12, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

New Report: 1,200+ Incidents of Violence Against Health Care in 2019
This article was originally published by theSafeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition. (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - June 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Global health security Health Workers Source Type: news

What is lost in the smoke of COVID-19
Devyn Holliday, Research Officer, Economic, Youth & Sustainable Development Directorate   This blog is part of the seminar series on ‘The Economics of COVID-19’.By Devyn HollidayJun 10 2020 (IPS-Partners) When countries shuttered their shops, closed their markets, and cordoned off places of gathering to help ward off the coronavirus, they did so out of immediate concern for the health and wellbeing of their citizens. However, as these measures endure the virus is no longer the sole threat to the health and wellbeing of citizens. People across the globe are facing mounting threats to their wellbeing ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Devyn Holliday Tags: Economy & Trade Health Labour Source Type: news

Update on Worldide Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus Outbreaks Update on Worldide Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus Outbreaks
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative plans to introduce a genetically stabilized, novel OPV type 2 which should reduce the risk of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus outbreaks.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news