Nigeria: Polio - Ogun to Immunise 1.2 Million Children
[Daily Trust] The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, says about 1.2 million children under the age of five are expected to be immunise during the ongoing Outbreak Response (OBR) campaign. He spoke yesterday while monitoring the OBR campaign against the circulating vaccination derived polio virus in the southwest,t at Imoba Community in Ifo Local Government Area of the st. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 21, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Fights to End Polio, Contain Ebola Made Tougher By Violence - Researchers
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] New York -Documented attacks on health workers in conflict areas increased dramatically last year, endangering both children waiting for polio vaccines and efforts to contain the latest outbreak of Ebola, research showed on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - May 16, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

2018 a Year of Dangerous Attacks on Health Workers, Facilities
May 14, 2019 WashingtonThere were at least 973 attacks on health workers, health facilities, health transports, and patients in 23 countries in conflict in 2018, the  Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition reported today. At least 167 health workers died and at least 710 were injured. This marks an increase in the number of documented attacks compared to 2017, when the coalition reported 701 such instances.The coalition ’s sixth annual report documents attacks on vaccination workers, paramedics, nurses, doctors, midwives, community volunteers, drivers, and guards, in violation of international norms an...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Tags: Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Policy & Advocacy Source Type: news

Washington State Limits Exemptions for Children Not Being Vaccinated
(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — Parents in Washington state will no longer be able to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children from receiving the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending a day care center or school under a measure signed Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee. The state saw more than 70 cases of measles this year, and Inslee signed the bill at Vancouver City Hall, in the county where most of those cases were centered. The new law takes effect at the end of July. Inslee said that while the bill was an important step in public health, he warned it doesn’t do “everything ne...
Source: TIME: Health - May 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GILLIAN FLACCUS and RACHEL LA CORTE / AP Tags: Uncategorized measles onetime washington Source Type: news

A Smackdown in the Kennedy Clan Summons Up the History of Presidents and Vaccines
Family quarrels are usually private things—unless of course, the family is famous. A public spat among boldface names broke out on May 8, when three members of the Kennedy clan published a piece on Politico declaring that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—son of Bobby Kennedy—has been “tragically wrong” in his years-long crusade against vaccines, a crusade that seems especially irresponsible now as the country suffers through its worst measles outbreak since 1994. Kennedy has become a hero of the anti-vax crowd with his persistent claims that vaccines contain deadly ingredients, particularly a mercury-ba...
Source: TIME: Health - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized History onetime Source Type: news

A Smackdown in the Kennedy Clan Summons Up the History of Presidents and Vaccines
Family quarrels are usually private things—unless of course, the family is famous. A public spat among boldface names broke out on May 8, when three members of the Kennedy clan published a piece on Politico declaring that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—son of Bobby Kennedy—has been “tragically wrong” in his years-long crusade against vaccines, a crusade that seems especially irresponsible now as the country suffers through its worst measles outbreak since 1994. Kennedy has become a hero of the anti-vax crowd with his persistent claims that vaccines contain deadly ingredients, particularly a mercury-ba...
Source: TIME: Science - May 9, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized History onetime Source Type: news

Liberia: MOH, Unicef, Others Hold Stakeholders Advocacy Meeting
[Observer] Ahead of a 3-day Polio immunization exercise in the country, the Ministry of Health (MOH), World Health Organization (WHO), with support from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has begun holding advocacy meetings with stakeholders. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - May 3, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Monstrous rumors stoke hostility to Pakistan's anti-polio drive
His bearded face was half-covered by a shawl, but Hameedullah Khan's fear and ignorance was on full display as he delivered a chilling message for anyone who tries to vaccinate his children against polio. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Mozambique: Father Vaccinates Community After Daughter Paralyzed By Polio in Mozambique
[WHO] After his six year-old daughter Jemita was diagnosed with polio in December 2018, Firmino Arlindo became an advocate for the polio vaccine, going door to door to talk to families about the importance of protecting their children. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 2, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Opting In - The Value of Vaccines
[IPS] United Nations -Since the introduction of vaccines, diseases such as measles and polio were quickly becoming a thing of the past. However, the world's progress on immunisation is now being threatened. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 2, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Opting In: The Value of Vaccines
A young boy in Pakistan receives an oral polio vaccine (OPV). Over the last 30 years huge progress has been made against polio and it is now only endemic in 2 countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, with only 33 cases confirmed cases last year. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, May 1 2019 (IPS) Since the introduction of vaccines, diseases such as measles and polio were quickly becoming a thing of the past. However, the world’s progress on immunisation is now being threatened. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 85 percent of the world’s children received basic va...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse North America Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations diptheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) human papillomavirus (HPV) Measles Vaccines World Health Organ Source Type: news

Pakistan ’ s War on Polio Falters Amid Attacks on Health Workers and Mistrust
Pakistani officials had hoped that 2019 would be the year they declared victory against the disease. But attacks and mistrust of vaccinations make that goal unlikely. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SALMAN MASOOD Tags: Poliomyelitis Vaccination and Immunization Islamabad (Pakistan) Buner District (Pakistan) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province (Pakistan) Source Type: news

Pakistan anti-vaccination movement leads to string of deadly attacks
A string of deadly attacks in Pakistan targeting healthcare workers has sparked fears that the spread of misinformation is fueling a resurgence of violence against those attempting to rid the country of polio. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sudan: Anti-Measles Campaign in East Darfur Launched
[SNA] Al-Daein -The Extended Immunization Department at Ministry of Health and Social Development in East Darfur State launched at Al-Neem Health Center (B) Thursday a joint campaign for eradication of measles, VAD and polio. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 26, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria Poised to Be Declared Polio-Free in Six Months - Agency
[Premium Times] The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, says Nigeria will be declared polio-free in the next six months. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 26, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Polio vaccination push turns deadly in Pakistan as Osama bin Laden's legacy sparks fresh violence
A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: polio vaccination teams attacked, clinic torched in Pakistan; with more provinces leaning Conservative, federal politicians face interesting times; Japan and France have lessons for Canadian workplaces. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/The National Source Type: news

Scientists pinpoint virus which could be the cause of deadly polio-like illness
University of Minnesota experts say enterovirus-D68 could cause acute flaccid myelitis, which struck at least 28 people in the UK last year, like three-year-old Chloe Stevenson (pictured). (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Buhari Lauds Bill Gate for for Supporting Eradication of Polio, HIV
[Vanguard] President Muhammadu Buhari, has phoned Bill Gates to commend him for his consistent and generous support to public causes around the globe. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 18, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Country May Be Certified Polio-Free in December
[Guardian] Nigeria may be certified polio-free this December when it would have accomplished interruption of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) transmission for over three years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - April 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

City to counter anti-vaccine information after hearing from this survivor
Toronto's board of health will develop a strategy to counter false information about the safety of vaccines, officials decided on Monday after hearing from a woman who contracted polio at a young age. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Africa: The Mobile Phone App That Discovers Disease and Saves Lives
[WHO] What if a mobile phone could prevent a health epidemic? It may sound like science fiction, but the World Health Organization's (WHO) Polio Geographic Information System (GIS) Technology is doing just that in 43 countries in Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 8, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

NIH Official: Polio-Like Illness on the Rise
More than 550 Americans have been diagnosed with the mysterious, paralyzing illness called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) this decade. More than 90 percent were children, most around 4, 5 or 6 years old. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Childhood vaccines: Tough questions, straight answers
Do vaccines cause autism? Is it OK to skip certain vaccines? Get the facts on these and other common questions. Childhood vaccines protect children from a variety of serious or potentially fatal diseases, including diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and others. If these diseases seem uncommon -- or even unheard of [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 3, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Top health official issues new warning on rare polio-like disease
"Don't assume that it's going to stay at a couple of hundred cases every other year," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Mysterious, Paralyzing Illness in Kids Is Worrying U.S. Health Officials: New Report
(NEW YORK) — One morning last fall, 4-year-old Joey Wilcox woke up with the left side of his face drooping. It was the first sign of an unfolding nightmare. Three days later, Joey was in a hospital intensive care unit, unable to move his arms or legs or sit up. Spinal taps and other tests failed to find a cause. Doctors worried he was about to lose the ability to breathe. “It’s devastating,” said his father, Jeremy Wilcox, of Herndon, Virginia. “Your healthy child can catch a cold — and then become paralyzed.” Joey, who survived but still suffers some of the effects, was one of 228...
Source: TIME: Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MIKE STOBBE / AP Tags: Uncategorized illness medical onetime Source Type: news

Paralyzing illness in children may grow more common, U.S. officials worry
After a surge in cases of acute flaccid myelitis last year, U.S. researchers studying the cause of the polio-like illness that has puzzled health officials say the trajectory of the illness over the past give years suggests that the problem is getting worse. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Nanovaccine boosts immunity in sufferers of metabolic syndrome
(Cornell University) A new class of biomaterial developed by Cornell researchers for an infectious disease nanovaccine effectively boosted immunity in mice with metabolic disorders linked to gut bacteria - a population that shows resistance to traditional flu and polio vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Somalia: Major Polio Vaccination Drive Starts Throughout the Country
[Dalsan Radio] Somalia kicked off a countrywide polio campaign, as part of ongoing efforts to sustain polio immunity and protection in response to the outbreaks of two strains of poliovirus currently circulating. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 26, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Bill Gates urges Afghanistan and Pakistan to 'get to zero' in polio fight
Local Afghan Taliban leaders are hindering global efforts to end polio, but Afghanistan and Pakistan must continue their fight to "get to zero" cases, the philanthropist Bill Gates said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

How Long Does Fecal Shedding Occur for Oral Vaccines?
Discussion Vaccination has reduced infectious disease morbidity and mortality since its introduction. Vaccines can be given intramuscularly, subcutaneously or orally. Oral virus vaccines currently used in the US include rotavirus, cholera, typhoid and adenovirus. Adenovirus vaccine is used in military personnel. As these are attenuated viruses there is concern for household contacts who are immunocompromised who may inadvertently be exposed to the virus through fecal shedding. Additionally, there is a concern that the attenuated virus may mutate and revert back to its wild-form and potentially cause disease. Injectable po...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - March 25, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Anita Silvers, an Authority on Disability Rights, Dies at 78
A well-regarded philosophy professor, Dr. Silvers knew the subject firsthand, having had polio as a child. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NEIL GENZLINGER Tags: Silvers, Anita Deaths (Obituaries) Disabilities Americans With Disabilities Act Civil Rights and Liberties Philosophy San Francisco State University Source Type: news

Nigeria: 1.1 Million Children to Be Immunised Against Polio in Adamawa
[Daily Trust] No fewer than 1.13 million children are expected to be vaccinated against polio in the ongoing four-day house-to-house immunisation exercise in Adamawa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 19, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Nigerian Women Are Penetrating Enclaves to Reach Children and Vulnerable Populations.
[WHO] Abuja, 13 March 2019 - "In Northern Nigeria where I work as a nurse and polio vaccinator, only women are allowed to enter houses because most women in this part of the country are in purdah (practice of seclusion)", says Ramatu Garba of Dala Local Government in Kano State. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 13, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Here's what Big Pharma and the CDC acknowledge about the HARMFUL side effects of vaccines
(Natural News) The number of vaccinations mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has risen sharply in recent decades. These medical interventions are touted as full-proof solutions to many previously common “childhood” illnesses, including measles, mumps and chicken pox, as well as more serious diseases like polio and smallpox. As dependence on... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: South Africa Bids to Regain WHO Polio-Free Certification
[Daily Maverick] South Africa is part of a 'pariah' group of countries that are not certified polio-free, thanks to weaknesses in our surveillance and vaccination programme. The Department of Health is determined to win back its certificate in April, and it launched an immunisation survey last week to check on the nation's vaccination rate. But we should never have lost the certificate in the first place. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - March 11, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Some Anti-Vaxxers Aren ’t Getting Their Pets Vaccinated. Here’s Why That’s So Dangerous
Dogs can’t get autism, and even if they could, vaccines couldn’t cause it. Period. But some anti-vaxxers are increasingly making the same unfounded claims about pets and vaccines they’ve been repeating about children and vaccines for the past 20 years: that vaccines are unnecessary, dangerous and that they can cause a form of (canine) autism, along with other diseases. Just as with kids, that may be driving down pet vaccination rates. And the movement, while niche, shows no sign of stopping; in some states in the U.S., anti-vax activists have recently agitated to make state laws about mandatory pet vaccin...
Source: TIME: Health - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized onetime Pets Source Type: news

Some Anti-Vaxxers Aren ’t Getting Their Pets Vaccinated. Here’s Why That’s So Dangerous
Dogs can’t get autism, and even if they could, vaccines couldn’t cause it. Period. But some anti-vaxxers are increasingly making the same unfounded claims about pets and vaccines they’ve been repeating about children and vaccines for the past 20 years: that vaccines are unnecessary, dangerous and that they can cause a form of (canine) autism, along with other diseases. Just as with kids, that may be driving down pet vaccination rates. And the movement, while niche, shows no sign of stopping; in some states in the U.S., anti-vax activists have recently agitated to make state laws about mandatory pet vaccin...
Source: TIME: Science - March 8, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized onetime Pets Source Type: news

As polio goal nears, Pakistan pushes against vaccine misinformation
As Pakistan closes in on eradicating polio, Prime Minister Imran Khan's office has urged the country's telecoms regulator to take action against misinformation spread on social media discouraging vaccination against it and other diseases. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

‘Propagating These Lies Is Dangerous.’ Ohio Teen Vaccinated Against His Mother’s Wishes Calls for End to Misinformation
The Ohio teenager who made headlines for getting vaccinated against his mother’s wishes told the Senate on Tuesday that spreading vaccine misinformation is dangerous — but urged the public not to vilify those who do so. “Approaching this issue with the concern of education and addressing misinformation properly can cause change, as it did for me,” 18-year-old Ethan Lindenberger said while testifying before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday. “Although the debate around vaccines is not necessarily centered around information, and concerns for health and sa...
Source: TIME: Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime vaccines Source Type: news

Nigeria: How Community Informants Help Improve Polio Surveillance - WHO
[Premium Times] The engagement of community informants for Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance has yielded a positive result in Borno State, the World Health Organisation Nigeria office has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - March 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Aliko Dangote Foundation Boosts Nigeria's Effort to End Polio Scourge
[Vanguard] As Nigeria eager-ly awaits her certification as polio-free by the World Health Organisation, WHO, the Aliko Dangote Foundation, ADF, has boosted the nation's efforts to finally end a scourge which had affected thousands of children across the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 27, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 – Indonesia
On 12 February, a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) has been confirmed in Papua province, Indonesia. Two genetically-linked VDPV1 viruses were isolated from a child with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) with onset of paralysis on 27 November 2018 and in a healthy community contact, a child whose stool sample was collected on 24 January 2019. The location of this healthy child, with the VDPV isolation, is in a remote village, approximately 3 –4 km away from the AFP case with onset of paralysis on 27 November 2018. Even though this province shares a border with Papua New Guinea, this outbreak is not l...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 27, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio - Dangote Foundation Boosts Nigeria's Certification By WHO
[Leadership] As Nigeria eagerly awaits her certification as polio free by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) has boosted the nation's efforts to finally end a scourge which had affected thousands of children across the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - February 25, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Acute flaccid paralysis outbreak: Polio-like illness in the UK - signs and symptoms here
ACUTE FLACCID PARALYSIS cases have been rising in the UK, warns Public Health England. An investigation into the rare illness, which has similar symptoms to Polio, has been launched to reveal the source of the outbreak. These are the signs and symptoms you should know about. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Acute flaccid paralysis outbreak: Polio-like illness in the UK - symptoms revealed
ACUTE FLACCID PARALYSIS cases have been rising in the UK, warns Public Health England. An investigation into the rare illness, which has similar symptoms to Polio, has been launched to reveal the source of the outbreak. These are the signs and symptoms you should know about. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diagnose Lyme disease from rash alone
GPs told not to wait for the results of blood tests before starting antibiotics if rash present Related items fromOnMedica TB could be cured by four months ’ treatment in many patients Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine best option for over-65s Rare polio-like illness on the rise MPs call for urgent action on antimicrobial resistance Chief medical officer launches push for flu jab drive (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 12, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Georgia's famed Roosevelt Warm Springs hospital says billing dispute could force it to close
Roosevelt Warm Springs was founded by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1927 as a polio treatment center. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 8, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: David Allison Source Type: news

Georgia's famed Roosevelt Warm Springs hospital says billing dispute could force it to close
Roosevelt Warm Springs was founded by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1927 as a polio treatment center. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 8, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: David Allison Source Type: news

Doctors race to find out more about polio-like disorder AFM before next wave
AFM strikes quickly, mostly in children, first appearing like a normal cold. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Doctors race to find out more about polio-like disease AFM before next wave
AFM is a devastating illness that is being compared to a modern day Polio because of their similar paralyzing symptoms. It has no vaccine or cure. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news