Archive for August, 2013

Individual interested to join the ‘International Association of Immunization Managers’ can now register on the IAIM website

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 (last updated)

The International Association of Immunization Managers (IAIM) has opened its online member registration. IAIM, the first-ever international association for immunization managers, invites immunization managers at national and subnational levels in all countries, working in either the public or private sector, to join as members.  Membership is also open to other health professionals working in the field of immunization, or to professionals who are interested in the field of immunization. Individuals interested in becoming members should complete a brief registration process on the IAIM website.

IAIM’s goal is to support immunization managers and other professionals to achieve national, regional and international immunization goals, including those in the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), by fostering forward-thinking and superior management of immunization programs. Its objectives are to establish a forum from which immunization managers can discuss and exchange best practices; build and support international and regional networks of immunization managers; and provide immunization managers with opportunities to develop their technical and leadership capacity. IAIM is supported by a five-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Sabin Vaccine Institute serves as the Secretariat for IAIM and is responsible for executing its day-to-day operations.

Please contact for more information about the association or registration on the IAIM website. We also encourage individuals working in immunization to share registration information with their own networks.


International Association of Immunisation Managers

Parents, be a hero – immunize your child

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 (last updated)

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ECDC Vaccine Scheduler

Monday, August 19th, 2013 (last updated)

ECDC collects information on vaccination schedules in the EU/EEA countries with the help of ECDC national focal points. This tool allows for comparison of shedules between two countries and diseases for all or a selection of countries.

Vaccine scheduler


How does the ECDC vaccination schedule platform work?

Find it out in this document:

ECDC Vaccine Scheduler Click here


What did Hannah bring back from vacation?

Saturday, August 17th, 2013 (last updated)

What did Hannah bring back from vacation?

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Keep the wicked red spots away

Friday, August 16th, 2013 (last updated)

Join Dato’ Sheila Majid as she shares with us on how to keep those nasty red spots away. Measles can be prevented simply by giving your children the Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) vaccine! The MMR vaccine is given free-of-charge by the Ministry of Health Malaysia to all children at the age of 1 and again at the age of 7.

Immunise today, immunise for life!


Twitter is now a go-to source for vaccine information

Thursday, August 15th, 2013 (last updated)

Twitter is so freakin’ credible popular now that plenty of people are turning to the social media platform to find out about health information rather than asking their doctors.

Perhaps social media — or rather, certain forms of social media — aren’t overrun by crackpots and conspiracy theorists, after all. Or maybe they just reside in some far off hinterland of the Internet.

The point being, Twitter has become reliable for something.

So says a new study by researchers at the University of Texas, who analyzed 9,510 tweets concerning one of the most contentious issues in modern medicine: vaccinations. Turns out, Twitter’s channels reward people who back up their information from credible news outlets and health providers, so tweets that embrace status quo tend to have the most influence.

“Influence,” in this case meant number of replies, favorites, or retweets. Of the 2,580 that elicited some kind of interaction, 33 percent viewed vaccines favorably, 54 percent were neutral, and 13 percent were negative. The vast majority discussed themes you might see in the health pages of the New York Times, such as the efficacy of a herpes vaccine for women, a blog that debunked vaccine-autism links, endorsement of the HPV vaccination for boys, and foreshadowing about a children’s malaria vaccine and a potential vaccine to ward off lung cancer. Many tweets did, indeed, link to the  New York Times or other reputable vessels.

University of Texas assistant professor Brad Love, who studies the persuasive power of mass media, says those findings surprised him.

“We live in an age of mass personal media where you can send a message out to one person and it might go to a thousand,” he said. “It’s a really mixed bag of return.” He adds that people have a long history of crowd-sourcing their healthcare decisions, even before the term was invented.

We are happy to announce that the VacciNewsNet Twitter-account reached 100.000 followers. (@VacciNewsNet)

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ESWI’s flu community

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 (last updated)

Through its many links with partner organizations, ESWI has turned into a true influenza community. This community-spirit also reflects in ESWI’s communication tools, more specifically in its online communication. In the near future, ESWI will be launching its online influenza community ( a platform that is open to all influenza stakeholders, turning the site into a real gateway to the world of influenza prevention and control. This operation will also allow ESWI to initiate web-based communication (ESWI manages and constantly updates a d-base of about 4,800 influenza stakeholders in Europe), using the site as a warehouse of influenza-related news. ESWI is ready to use this new platform in any flu-related educational project, as it is a highly flexible tool to reach the European flu field in just a few clicks.

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Malaria Vaccine Initiative

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 (last updated)

The PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI) is a global program of the international nonprofit organization PATH. MVI was established in 1999 through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

MVI identifies potentially promising malaria vaccine approaches and systematically move them through the development process. At the same time, MVI works to catalyze access to a successful malaria vaccine in the countries that need it most.

Stay in the MVI loop with periodic mailings, highlighting recent developments, activities, and events. Mailings are delivered to your email inbox no more than four times yearly.

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Why HPV vaccination can’t wait: don’t let your patients become an oncologist’s patients in 20 years

Monday, August 12th, 2013 (last updated)

A vaccine is available that prevents cancer, but only 50% of eligible adolescent girls and far fewer adolescent boys have been provided this protection. Rates of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine uptake for adolescent females during 2012 have not changed from rates in 2011.

Research indicates that pediatricians anticipate a “difficult” conversation when talking with parents of an 11- or 12-year-old about the HPV vaccine because it may involve a discussion of sexual issues.

However, this does not need to be the case. Research shows that HPV vaccine acceptance, like any childhood or adolescent vaccine, is influenced predominantly by your strong recommendation. This means not just suggesting that parents consider HPV vaccine, or mentioning casually that it’s available, but presenting the vaccine with the conviction and urgency that it deserves — that HPV vaccine will prevent several types of cancer, and this prevention should begin today.

“A conversation about HPV vaccination isn’t difficult. A difficult conversation is one I have nearly every week — when I have to look a young woman in the eye and tell her she may no longer be able to have children — or even worse, that she may die from cervical cancer. That’s a difficult conversation,” said Daron Ferris, M.D., professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgia Regents University Cancer Center.

HPV vaccine is cancer prevention — and it can’t wait. Not only does the immune system respond better at the recommended 11- to 12-year-old range when initiating the HPV vaccine series, but protection begins immediately after the recommended doses are given.

For each year HPV vaccine rates stay at 30% coverage instead of achieving 80%, 4,400 future cervical cancer cases and 1,400 cervical cancer deaths will occur. Let’s remove HPV vaccination from the realm of sexuality and place this childhood vaccine where it belongs — as cancer prevention. Just like any other vaccine, HPV vaccine needs to be given well before exposure occurs.

Don’t let your patients become an oncologist’s patients in 20 years. We have a powerful tool to prevent cancer now, and we must not fail to protect the children in our care.

Why HPV vaccination can’t wait: don’t let your patients become an oncologist’s patients in 20 years

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No link between prenatal mercury exposure and autism-like behaviors found

Saturday, August 10th, 2013 (last updated)

The potential impact of exposure to low levels of mercury on the developing brain — specifically by women consuming fish during pregnancy — has long been the source of concern and some have argued that the chemical may be responsible for behavioral disorders such as autism. However, a new study that draws upon more than 30 years of research in the Republic of Seychelles reports that there is no association between pre-natal mercury exposure and autism-like behaviors.


“This study shows no evidence of a correlation between low level mercury exposure and autism spectrum-like behaviors among children whose mothers ate, on average, up to 12 meals of fish each week during pregnancy,” said Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., an associate professor in the University of Rochester Medical Center’s (URMC) Department of Public Health Sciences and lead author of the study which appears online in the journal Epidemiology. “These findings contribute to the growing body of literature that suggest that exposure to the chemical does not play an important role in the onset of these behaviors.”

No link between prenatal mercury exposure and autism-like behaviors found

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