Archive for February, 2013

The WHO and UNICEF have decided to provide funding to Pakistan for procurement of measles vaccines

Sunday, February 17th, 2013 (last updated)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children Fund (Unicef) have decided to provide funding to Pakistan for procurement of measles vaccine.

Besides, the funding will also cover operational cost of routine and special immunisation campaigns, said Dr Nadia Taleb, Advisor at WHO for Eastern Mediterranean Region during a meeting with acting Wafaqi Mohtasib Salman Farooqi.

Dr Nadia is part of a delegation visiting the country to look at the high measles-related death toll and suggest corrective measures. Other delegates are Dr Robert Kezaala and Selenge Lkhagva of Unicef and Anne Cronin of Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation.

During the meeting, which was meant to discuss the situation emerged in Pakistan due to measles outbreak, Dr Nadia assured Salman on behalf of the international community, especially donors, that Pakistan would continue to get necessary funds and support in fight against transmittable diseases, including measles. Anne Cronin was all praise for the government of Pakistan for promptly responding to the measles outbreak in the country. She said that Pakistan had all the technical components’ capacity and political will to eradicate measles by 2015.

Dr Robert Kezaala called for the creation of effective mechanism for supervision of data collection and verification, saying it will help develop effective liaison between the technical and operational levels as well as demand-creation and actual administration of vaccines.

“It is imperative to achieve the goals of immunisation campaign,” he said.

Salman Faruqui, on behalf of Pakistani government and people, thanked the delegates and the organisations they represented for timely support against measles outbreak. He also praised these organisations for anti-polio help to Pakistan.

Special Advisor to Prime Minister Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Inter- Provincial Coordination and National Regulation and Services secretaries, members of the committee formed by the Federal Ombudsman on measles outbreak, and the relevant officials from other ministries and departments attended the meeting.

The International News

Trustworthy websites on “Vaccinations”

Saturday, February 16th, 2013 (last updated)

Infectious diseases threaten the health of the citizens of the European Union. The responsibility for preventing the transmission of emerging pathogens and the resurgence of others, as well as enhancing the rapid and coordinated response capability to these threats, is therefore shared by national health authorities and the European Institutions.

The European Commission listed trustworthy websites on “Vaccinations” in order to strengthen the advocacy on the benefits of immunisation against diseases where safe and effective vaccines are available.

Trustworthy websites on “Vaccinations”

European Commission

Developing a dried powder inhalant vaccine

Friday, February 15th, 2013 (last updated)

Robert Sievers of Aktiv-Dry LLC in the United States, one of the original Grand Challenges in Global Health grantees, has developed an inhalant vaccine for measles, currently in Phase I clinical trials. Learn more about this project to create a needle-free immunization strategy for the developing world.

Grand Challenges in Global Health Meetings

GPs’ attitudes affect HPV vaccination uptake

Thursday, February 14th, 2013 (last updated)

Clinicians’ attitudes to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination may be leading to lower-than- optimal uptake rates, a global meta-analysis ( says.

Researchers from the UK compared HPV vaccination rates in several countries, including Australia, Portugal, India and the USA, and concluded vaccination rates were often sculpted by the clinicians’ personal opinion.

Some doctors were unwilling to advocate HPV vaccination because of potential side effects or scepticism, despite evidence it could prevent up to 70% of cervical cancer-related deaths, the study authors said.

“As a source of information, clinician and/or healthcare provider recommendation is consistently given as one of the top, if not most important, factors in the likelihood of girls or parents accepting vaccination,” they wrote in Vaccine.

“One study found women

who had not received a strong recommendation for vaccination from their doctor were four times less likely to accept vaccination.”

They also pointed to Australian research which showed a single page of information about HPV vaccination could change the decision of 65% of parents who were undecided, and 20% of parents who were opposed.

“Doctors and healthcare workers will be the most influential and best placed groups to affect

changes in attitudes, but they themselves require clear and concise information.”

The study follows another Vaccine study (, which showed a worrying number of surveyed Australian women believe HPV vaccination eliminates the need for future cervical cancer screening.

It showed 34% of Australian women thought screening was unnecessary following immunisation.


Vaccines are like hugs

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 (last updated)

Vaccines are like hugs

Immunize Texas

This is the face of someone you’re putting at risk when you don’t vaccinate

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 (last updated)

This is the face of someone you’re putting at risk when you don’t vaccinate


What is HPV vaccination?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 (last updated)

An educational film about HPV and HPV vaccination, aimed at adolescents.
All the clips can be found here

Dr Spring Cooper (The University of Sydney)

Whooping cough still making noise in 2013

Monday, February 11th, 2013 (last updated)

As if parents didn’t have enough contagious viruses to worry about- whooping cough, which hit a 60-year high last year, is continuing in 2013.

Lee Memorial Health System

Comparison of effects of Diseases and Vaccines

Monday, February 11th, 2013 (last updated)

Comparison of effects of Diseases and Vaccines Click here

Public Health Agency of Canada

Flu vaccine risks and benefits

Friday, February 8th, 2013 (last updated)

Learn about some of the common and uncommon risks and benefits associated with the flu vaccine!

Khan Academy