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Case study: flu jab for UK kids

By Editor June 25th, 2015 0 Comments

Most European countries prioritise older people, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases for flu vaccination. In 2013, the UK introduced a programme for vaccinating healthy children. How did it go?  A new research paper has been published by UK doctors reflecting on the successes and challenges of delivering flu vaccines to children. Vaccinating 9

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Why do some vaccinated kids still get sick?

By Editorial board June 18th, 2015 0 Comments

This is a question we come across a lot. The short answer is that no vaccine is 100% effective. Immunity is not like flicking a light switch; there is no simple on/off button. Sometimes an individual’s immune system just doesn’t respond to the vaccine. Or perhaps the vaccine has lost potency because it is out

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Amy’s story: losing limbs, finding meaning

By Editor June 15th, 2015 0 Comments

This is the incredible tale of a woman who turned a devastating illness into a sporting triumph and reinvented the prosthetic foot along the way. Amy Purdy’s road to becoming a champion snowboarder makes for an unlikely story. For a start, she grew up in the Las Vegas desert – not an ideal training ground

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Bosnia measles outbreak spreading across Europe

By Gary Finnegan June 9th, 2015 0 Comments

Borders? What borders? The measles virus enjoys visa-free travel around Europe and the latest report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reads like a case study in virus mobility. Almost 70% of 4,000 measles cases in the European Union over the past 12 months were in Germany and Italy, according to

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Going the extra mile for children’s health

By Editor June 4th, 2015 0 Comments

One child dies every 20 seconds from a disease preventable by vaccination Think about that for just one moment. These days, we are surrounded by facts and figures, statistics and graphs but by the time you have read this article, someone will have died from a disease that could have been prevented. Every twenty seconds.

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