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Losing a baby to whooping cough

By Editor March 25th, 2015 0 Comments

Baby Kaliah was born in good health. Early in her short life she picked up the bacterial infection that causes pertussis (whooping cough). 27 days after her birth, Kaliah’s mother said goodbye. Read: Pertussis – pass on protection Chelsey Charles was besotted with her new-born baby girl, Kaliah. Like any new mother, she wanted to

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5,000 people catch measles in Bosnia

By Editor March 18th, 2015 0 Comments

More than 5,000 cases of measles were reported in Bosnia and Herzegovina last year and experts say the outbreak has continued. The massive epidemic is partly a legacy of the war in Bosnia between 1992 and 1995 – during which time a large number of children missed out on vaccination – and anti-vaccine sentiment. The

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Immunisation managers gather in Turkey

By Gary Finnegan March 13th, 2015 0 Comments

Public health professionals responsible for delivering immunisation programmes in more than 70 countries have come together to share their expertise in beating vaccine-preventable illnesses. Close to 150 members of the International Association of Immunization Managers (IAIM) were in Istanbul in late February to discuss routine immunisation programmes, polio eradication and the emerging threat of Ebola

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Polio campaign in the hands of ‘extremists’

By Editor March 11th, 2015 0 Comments

When the World Health Assembly agreed in 1988 to try to wipe out polio, nobody expected it to be easy. But few would have imagined that the ultimate success of the campaign would lie in the hands of groups such as ISIS, Boko Haram and the Taliban. Until the 1980s, polio was killing and maiming

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