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Service delivery  

All topics related to the delivery of immunization services, including routine and campaign delivery services as well as injection safety.

12/12/2017

Analyzing trends on Twitter and Google can help predict vaccine scares that can lead to disease outbreaks, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. In the study, researchers examined Google searches and geocoded tweets with the help of artificial intelligence and a mathematical model. The resulting data enabled…

11/12/2017

The latest diphtheria outbreak, which has killed 32 people nationwide, leads to the question: should vaccinations be mandatory? From January to November, the Health Ministry recorded 593 cases of diphtheria with 32 fatalities in 20 of the country’s 34 provinces. This is an increase from 415 cases last year and…

08/12/2017

When a patient is diagnosed with a chronic disease, like diabetes or hypertension, physicians don’t merely suggest medications to lower blood sugar or blood pressure—they insist that patients take medications to protect their health. However, the recommendation to get an annual influenza (flu) shot to prevent flu is often not…

07/12/2017

Afghanistan and Pakistan officially are now the only two nations across the globe to have reported wild polio virus cases so far this year, though the numbers of cases have declined to historic lows. Armed conflicts, deadly attacks on polio vaccinators and instances such as lack of administrative oversight while…

06/12/2017

With the country’s highest decision making body on vaccines set to take a call in its next meeting on the introduction of cervical cancer vaccine in the Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP), the economic wing of RSS has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stall the move, citing safety and cost concerns. In…

05/12/2017

When it comes to persuading parents in the United States who are hesitant about vaccinating their children, the public health messages often rely on facts and science to explain how immunization not only protects those children but also shields other vulnerable people from dangerous infectious diseases. But information campaigns that emphasize fairness or…

05/12/2017

The Philippines has ordered an investigation into the immunisation of more than 730,000 children with a dengue vaccine that has been suspended following an announcement by French drug company Sanofi that it could worsen the disease in some cases. The World Health Organisation said it hoped by the end of the year…

04/12/2017

The World Health Organization reports the Saudi-led blockade of Yemen’s sea ports is hampering efforts to contain a diphtheria outbreak that, so far, has caused 197 cases of the disease, including 22 deaths. Diphtheria has spread to 13 of Yemen’s 22 governorates, including the capital Sana’a, since the first case…
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