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Parents: can you afford to take this week off work?

By Editor October 16th, 2014 0 Comments

Study shows that working parents have to take seven days off work to care for children who get measles. Measles can make kids very sick. Around one in ten children infected by the measles virus are hospitalised. In rare cases, the disease can be fatal. Most people who catch measles make a full recovery after

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Europe braced for killer virus

By Editorial board October 9th, 2014 0 Comments

It’s coming. To our towns, to our cities; capable of killing the old, the sick and the vulnerable. A virus so contagious that experts say its spread is inevitable. A sneeze, a cough, a kiss. Thousands will be affected. Most will suffer high fever, nausea, joint pain, chills. No, it’s not Ebola or the Middle-East

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How are vaccines developed?

By Editorial board October 6th, 2014 0 Comments

Before a vaccine is developed it undergoes rigorous testing. Vaccines are subject to even tougher standards than medicines – more people are included in clinical trials and safety standards are very high. A new vaccine is first tested in a very small group of people to rule out major safety problems and helps doctors work

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Vote for your favourite vaccines video

By Editorial board September 29th, 2014 0 Comments

The deadline for entering the Vaccines Today Communication Challenge has passed. Thanks to everyone who entered. Now it’s over to you to help choose the best video.  Visit our Facebook page and vote for your favourite by clicking ‘like’. The videos were made by students to highlight the value of vaccination. The Facebook votes will

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Anatomy of a measles outbreak

By Gary Finnegan September 22nd, 2014 0 Comments

New study traced the measles virus as it spread through crowds at sporting events, music festivals and beyond – a timely reminder of how quickly the disease can travel. Measles loves mass gatherings: events where thousands of people come together in a crowded space. The disease is spread by an airborne virus and is highly

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