The New Vaccines to Get in 2024
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending new vaccines for adults and kids in 2024, according to its latest annual guidelines finalized Jan. 11. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a collection of medical and public-health experts who regularly review evidence and research about vaccines, compiled the new guidelines. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Like it does every year, ACIP recommends that American adults receive an annual flu shot and several standard vaccinations, such as those for chickenpox (if they haven’t had it already) and ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 11, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Haley Weiss Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Africa: Alliance Introduces New Vaccine Programmes to Save More Lives and Support Child Health
[GAVI] Geneva -- Countries can now submit plans to introduce diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP)-containing vaccine boosters (DTP boosters) and the six-in-one hexavalent vaccine Gavi and partners are also working towards expanding the portfolio of offerings in 2024, including the hepatitis B birth dose and rabies vaccines Thabani Maphosa, Managing Director of Country Programmes Delivery, Gavi: "By continually expanding our vaccine portfolio, and targeting the children and communities most frequently left behind, we (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 5, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: Africa Children and Youth External Relations Health and Medicine International Organizations and Africa NGOs and Civil Society Source Type: news

Routine Vaccination Coverage - Worldwide, 2022
From 2021 to 2022, global coverage with the first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-containing vaccine increased from 86% to 89%, and with the first dose of measles-containing vaccine from 81% to 84%, but neither returned to 2019 prepandemic coverage levels of 90% and 86%, respectively. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - October 26, 2023 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Source Type: news

South Asian Community Health Workers Say Their Work is Work
Community health workers demand to be recognised as formal workers with pay and benefits to match. Credit: Zofeen T. EbrahimBy Zofeen EbrahimKARACHI, Oct 19 2023 (IPS) “Professionally, I am still where I was 23 years ago when I started working as a lady health worker (LHW),” said a disgruntled Yasmin Siddiq, 47, from Karachi. “I will probably retire in the same capacity, as a Grade 5 government servant, without any hope for upward mobility.” The idea behind the Lady Health Worker Programme (LHWP), the brainchild of Pakistan’s late prime minister Benazir Bhutto, began in 1994 with the purpose of “training women...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 19, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Zofeen Ebrahim Tags: Asia-Pacific Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Inequality TerraViva United Nations Women's Health IPS UN Bureau IPS UN Bureau Report Pakistan South Asia Source Type: news

How Many Diphtheria Vaccines are Currently Licensed in the US?
Discussion Diphtheria is caused by the toxin produced by Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Two other Corynebacterium species (C. ulcerans and C. pseudotuberculosis) may produce diphtheria toxin; both species are zoonotic. Diphtheria is spread by respiratory droplets and also contact with open ulcers or sores. Incubation period is 1-10 days with a usual period of 2-5 days. The bacteria attacks the respiratory tract mucosa causing cellular death which in turn causes a “pseudomembrane” of tissue to build up causing respiratory distress and possible death due to airway obstruction (5-10% for general population but up to...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 25, 2023 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Africa: Vaccine Hesitancy 'Widens Immunity Gaps, Increases Risk of Outbreaks'
[allAfrica] In 1999, Grade 5 brought for me a revelation like no other - vaccines! The idea that weak disease-causing organisms could transform our bodies into warriors against killer diseases was nothing short of miraculous. From the top of my head I remember that some of the killer diseases were polio, diptheria, measles, whooping cough, tetanus and tuberculosis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 29, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: Africa Health and Medicine Science and Biotechnology Sustainable Development Source Type: news

Routine Vaccines Can Cut Risk for Later Alzheimer Disease
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2023 -- Prior vaccinations against tetanus and diphtheria, shingles, and pneumococcus are all associated with a reduced risk for developing Alzheimer disease, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in the Journal of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 23, 2023 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA Approves the First RSV Vaccine for Pregnant Women
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today (Aug. 21) approved the first vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) for pregnant women, which is designed to protect newborns from the infection. The shot becomes the second RSV vaccine, and third new intervention against the disease this year. In May, the FDA approved the Abrysvo vaccine for preventing RSV in people 60 years and older. The same vaccine is now approved for pregnant people in their third trimester. And in July, the agency approved nirsevimab, an antibody-based injection that protects babies immediately after birth from RSV. [time-brightcove not-tgx=&...
Source: TIME: Health - August 21, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Vaccines Source Type: news

Vaccines Against Shingles, Pneumonia May Also Lower Your Alzheimer's Risk
MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2023 -- Certain adult vaccines, including shingles and pneumonia shots, may also help seniors fight off Alzheimer ' s disease, new research reveals. Prior vaccination with the shingles vaccine, pneumococcus vaccine or the tetanus and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 21, 2023 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Is a ‘polyepidemic’ humanity’s next big threat? Childhood vaccine crusader shares concerns for future
By the start of 2011, the year epidemiologist Seth Berkley became CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the ambitious nonprofit had over its 11-year history supported the immunization of 288 million children in poor countries. But it also had a $3.7 billion funding gap between its plans and donor financial pledges. Making matters worse, an internal battle raged about how much it should invest in strengthening health systems versus more technological solutions, such as new or improved vaccines, favored by its main funder, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “It was a crisis,” Berkley says. Berkley plans to step ...
Source: ScienceNOW - July 20, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news

Africa: Rwanda Among Countries With Best Vaccine Coverage - New Research
[New Times] Rwanda is one of the African countries with the best coverage for the Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis vaccine (DPT), new research data shows. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 19, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: Africa Health and Medicine Source Type: news

Rwanda: Why Rwanda Leads Africa in Vaccine Coverage
[New Times] Rwanda is one of the African countries with the best coverage for the Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis vaccine (DPT) vaccine, a new report by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF showed on Tuesday, July 18. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 19, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: Central Africa East Africa Health and Medicine Rwanda Source Type: news

General health advice and guidelines for pilgrims
27 June 2023 –  The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a list of recommendations that each pilgrim should follow. These recommendations are in line with the health requirements set by the health authorities in Saudi Arabia for pilgrims in the Hajj season this year.  Physical ability, chronic diseases and health education WHO recommends that authorities at pilgrims’ countries of origin should take into account that a pilgrim should have minimum physical ability for Hajj. It also alerts to the high risk of infectious diseases in older people and those with severe chronic diseases such as ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - June 27, 2023 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Tetanus in an Unvaccinated Man from Mexico - Oregon, 2022
This report describes a case of tetanus identified at an emergency department in Oregon. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 15, 2023 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Tetanus Tetanus Vaccination Source Type: news