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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

‘Overemphasis on polio hampering fight against other diseases’

The Pakistan Paediatric Association (PPAP) said that thousands of children in Sindh are dying of vaccine-preventable diseases because the state health authorities are over-emphasizing the fight against polio and neglecting the equally important fight against other vaccine preventable diseases

April 26, 2017
The News Pakistan

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Measles 'tragedy' kills 35 across Europe

Thirty-five people have died in the past year from measles outbreaks across Europe, the World Health Organization has warned. A six-year-old boy in Italy was the latest to die from the infection. More than 3,300 measles cases have been recorded in the country. The most fatalities - 31 - have been in Romania. But there have also been deaths in Germany and Portugal since June 2016

July 11, 2017
July 12, 2017
July 11, 2017
CBS, The Independent

Extinguished Epidemics Reappear in Syria

Epidemics are gradually reappearing in Syria as part of a reality that has started to impose itself in zones that are not controlled by the Syrian regime, especially in the northern and eastern regions which have witnessed a series of fights amid the total absence of local and civil authorities. Poliomyelitis is now rampant in Deir ez-Zor, with 58 cases up to the start of June. Displaced Raqqa civilians in nearby camps, especially Tuwayhina, are seeing a resurgence of cholera, leishmania and measles

July 10, 2017
Enab Baladi

Thousands dead in East Africa plagues

Severe drought has coincided with an outbreak of lethal diseases in the Horn of Africa region. Somalia is experiencing its largest outbreak of cholera in 5 years with 48,607 cases and 763 deaths. Over 1,400 measles cases have been reported since early June and there have been 9,813 suspected measles cases since the start of 2017. Ethiopia reports 35,665 cases of acute watery diarrhoea and 780 deaths since January. Across the country 1,981 suspected measles cases with 961 confirmed. Kenya has 3030 suspected cholera cases and three deaths

June 20, 2017
CAJ News

Imams in U.S. take on the anti-vaccine movement during Ramadan

Somali-American children in Minnesota had a vaccination rate of 92% in 2004, higher than the state average, but that has dropped to 42% leaving the children vulnerable to the disease. Health officials say there have been 8,250 exposures in day care centres, schools, hospitals and clinics. There are 68 confirmed cases, most of them unvaccinated preschool children. A significant number were hospitalised. Last year the U.S. had 70 cases in total

May 26, 2017
Washington Post, Twin Cities

Fighting a deadly measles outbreak amid insecurity in Somalia

Thousands of children have been infected by measles in famine-threatened Somalia, already hit by an epidemic of cholera, UNICEF said. Data from the 2011 famine says that measles, combined with malnutrition and displacement is a lethal combination for children. Among vaccine preventable diseases none is more deadly than measles

April 24, 2017
Doctors Without Borders
April 25, 2017
Business Day , Reuters

Guinea: Battling a large-scale measles epidemic

Less than a year after the official end of the Ebola outbreak, the Guinean health system continues to struggle. Since the beginning of the year there have been 3,468 confirmed cases and 14 deaths dues to measles in Guinea, with most cases in the Conakry and Nzérékoré districts

April 6, 2017
Doctors Without Borders

WHO warns of measles outbreak in areas of Europe where vaccinations have dropped

The World Health Organization warned that there is a high risk of large measles outbreaks in countries where immunization levels dropped, after more than 500 cases of the highly contagious disease were reported in Europe in January

March 29, 2017
South China Morning Post

Hungry Somalian families face agonising choice: which child to feed

Reuters Africa reports that hungry Somali families are facing agonising choices as drought kills off their livestock and leaves the country facing a likely famine – this choice is ‘which child to feed.’ Al Jazeera is reporting that WHO are saying there are only two months left to prevent Somalia’s third famine in 25 years. The last one, six years ago, killed more than 250,000 people. Cases of diarrhoea, cholera and measles are already spreading fast because of the severe drought  

March 7, 2017
Reuters, AlJazeera, The Guardian, Daily Times

Non communicable diseases

German court favors vaccination of child in parents' dispute

Germany’s highest court ruled on Tuesday that a father could have his child vaccinated, according to a schedule recommended by authorities, even though the mother of the girl is opposed. The decision comes as government and health organizations in Europe try to reverse a fall in vaccination rates that has led to outbreaks of highly contagious and potentially deadly diseases such as measles

May 23, 2017

Health systems

Italy set for compulsory measles vaccinations

Italian lawmakers are expected to give their final nod to a mass compulsory vaccination program for children under the age of 17. It`s part of a government response to a measles outbreak that has claimed three lives since the start of the year. The new law makes it compulsory to vaccinate minors against 10 diseases, including measles, rubella, whooping cough, Hib, mumps and chickenpox

July 28, 2017

Romania to pass vaccination law to deal with immunization gaps

Romania needs to pass a vaccination law and overhaul medical services to prevent the spread of a measles outbreak that has already claimed 32 deaths, the most of any European country, the health ministry said. Vaccination rules are being tightened across Europe, where a decline in immunization has caused a spike in diseases such as measles, chicken pox and mumps. In Romania, the ministry said 224,202 children aged 9 months to 9 years had yet to be vaccinated against measles

July 27, 2017

Just 150 more cases of measles could cost the US $2.1 million

Researchers analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and estimated what could happen if vaccination rates keep dropping. Right now, 93 percent of kids ages two to 11 in the US are vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella. If that number dropped by 5 percent, it would lead to 150 more cases of measles. This might not sound like a lot, but it is actually a three-fold increase compared to the number of cases that exist now, and it could cost over $2 million from local and state public health institutions

July 24, 2017
The Verge

Communicable diseases

Nsanje children scrambling for integrated Measles Rubella vaccine

A campaign which is underway across Malawi, aiming to reduce measles and rubella incidents, is targeting children born after the previous measles campaign, vaccinating those who were missed during routine immunization, covering children inadequately covered by routine immunization and vaccinating those who never had measles-rubella vaccine

June 16, 2017
Nyasa Times

Bhutan and Maldives eliminate measles - WHO

Bhutan and the Maldives have eliminated measles, becoming the first countries in their region to eliminate the highly infectious disease that is a major child killer globally, the World Health Organization said. The milestone was reached after no measles cases originating in the Maldives had been recorded since 2009 and none in Bhutan since 2012, the WHO said

June 13, 2017
Reuters, Yenisafak
June 14, 2017
China Post

Botched anti-measles campaign kills 15 children in South Sudan

At least 15 died in South Sudan in early May after health workers vaccinating them against measles used the same syringe without sterilizing it, the health minister said, about 300 children were vaccinated on May 2-5 in Nacholdokopele village in Eastern Equatoria state, another 32 recovered after falling ill with symptoms which included fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. The team that vaccinated the children in this tragic event were neither qualified no trained for the immunization campaign, the minister said

June 2, 2017
Reuters, BBC, New York Times

German kindergartens must report parents for refusing vaccine advice under new law

Germany will pass a law next week obliging kindergartens to inform the authorities if parents fail to provide evidence they have received advice from their doctor on vaccinating their children, the health ministry said. Parents refusing the advice risk fines of up to 2,500 Euros under the law expected to come into force on June 1st. Vaccination rules are being tightened across Europe, where a decline in immunization has caused a spike in diseases such as measles, chicken pox and mumps, according to the ECDC

May 26, 2017

Italy passes law obliging parents to vaccinate children

Italy’s government declared a new law making a series of childhood vaccinations a condition of school inscription in a move triggered by a spike in measles. Vaccinations covering 12 common diseases will be required to register children for state childcare and elementary school up to the age of six. At that point when school attendance becomes compulsory in Italy parents will be liable for fines if their children are not vaccinated

May 19, 2017
May 20, 2017
Borneo Post, Radio New Zealand, BBC, MPR News

Officials: Measles outbreak caused by anti-vaccination campaign

There has been a recent measles outbreak in Minnesota and now the authorities know the reason behind it. A group of Somali-Americas, mostly children, have been diagnosed with the disease. The Minnesota Department of Health released a report that said the vast majority, 55 out of 58 cases, were unvaccinated

May 16, 2017

Italy measles cases up amid anti-vax mood

Italy recorded 1,920 cases of the deadly measles virus in the first four months of the year, a 523% increase from the same period a year earlier. The news came as the Five Star Movement defended itself from accusations of actively campaigning on an anti-vaccination platform. Some 88% of the people who contracted measles were unvaccinated, and 73% were aged 15 or above, the ministry of health said. Leading M5S officials have publicised fraudulent studies suggesting that vaccines can be harmful and may cause autism and have campaigned against compulsory vaccination

May 4, 2017
Sky News

Vaccination gaps lead to dangerous measles outbreaks in Europe: ECDC

Gaps in vaccination coverage against measles have led to several outbreaks of the contagious disease in Europe, during the past year, with more than 1,500 measles cases reported from 14 European countries due to an ‘accumulation of unvaccinated individuals’ according to officials from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). In 10 countries, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain and Sweden – the number of cases reported in Jan-Feb 2017 was more than double that of a year earlier 

April 24, 2017
Reuters, Reuters

Amid vaccine debate, Italy faces return of eradicable diseases

Italy has become a battleground for vaccines, with tensions increasing in March following a measles outbreak. The country has seen more than 1,000 cases in the first three months of the year, a 450% increase year-on-year. Although vaccination for polio, diphtheria, tetanus and hepatitis B is compulsory to attend school, a member of parliament for the ruling Democratic Party is introducing a bill in May to make vaccinations compulsory for more diseases. The populist Five Star Movement opposes the plans arguing parents should have the freedom to choose and they’d revoke any laws. Experts say the measles crisis is growing because of vaccine hesitancy and false claims from discredited studies about the risks

April 19, 2017
Financial Times

Alarming measles outbreak in Italy blamed on anti-vaccination populist movement

An alarming rise in measles cases in Italy has been blamed on an anti-vaccination movement in the country supported by the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) party. In the first three months of 2017, more than a thousand cases have been recorded exceeding the total number of cases for the whole of 2016.The outbreak is primarily concentrated in the wealthier regions of northern and central Italy. The regional differences are due to the country’s decentralised public health system which permits regional authorities to legislate how they see fit for health issues

April 1, 2017
International Business Times