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Promoting health through the life course

France to make vaccination mandatory from 2018 as it is 'unacceptable children are still dying o...

Parents in France will be legally obliged to vaccinate their children from 2018, the government has announced. French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said it was “unacceptable” that children are "still dying of measles” in the country where some of the earliest vaccines were pioneered. Three childhood vaccines, for diphtheria, tetanus and polio, are currently mandatory in France. Others, including those against hepatitis and whooping cough, are simply recommended

July 5, 2017
The Independent
July 7, 2017
July 5, 2017

Regulator links Sanofi epilepsy drug to child deformities

Up to 4,100 children in France suffered major malformations in the womb after their mothers took a treatment against epilepsy and bipolar disorder known as valproate between 1967 and 2016, France’s drug regulator said

April 20, 2017
Reuters, Financial Times
April 21, 2017
The Guardian
April 20, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

France reports mild H7 bird flu virus at farm

France last month detected a case of low-pathogenic H7 bird flu virus at a farm in the centre of the country, a report from the French agriculture ministry showed. It was found in the rural district of Saulnay on a farm with 4,980 ducks and pheasants and all the animals were slaughtered, said OIE

June 6, 2017

France detects possible bird flu outbreak on northern farm

French authorities reported a possible outbreak of bird flu on a poultry farm near the port town of Dunkirk. A case of H5N8 bird flu was detected in the far north of France late last year among wild birds. The type of flu in this new case was not indicated 

March 1, 2017

Non communicable diseases

France to become one of priciest countries in Europe for smokers

France will raise the price of cigarettes to 10 euros (£8.8) a pack within three years, the health minister said, confirming a strategy that will push tobacco costs to among the highest in Europe. At present, a packet of 20 cigarettes costs roughly 7 euros in France, well below the roughly 10 euros charged in Britain and Ireland. "France is one of the slowest learners in the world on smoking," the minister, Agnes Buzyn, said. "Big price rises will be needed to have an impact on public health"

July 6, 2017