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Keeping older people healthy and at home

By Editor February 27th, 2015 0 Comments

Protecting older people from flu and pneumonia can help to keep them healthy and out of hospital. Research has shown that older people and those with chronic diseases are at higher risk of complications if they catch the flu which is why these groups (along with pregnant women) are a priority for flu vaccination. Pressure

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Measles kills German toddler

By Editor February 24th, 2015 0 Comments

An 18-month-old boy from Berlin has died following a measles infection, prompting Germany to promise measures to improve vaccine uptake. Reports say the boy was not vaccinated against the disease which has been spreading in Germany in recent months. More than 500 cases have been recorded in Berlin since October. Several European countries continue to

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Should all kids get a flu vaccine?

By Gary Finnegan February 20th, 2015 1 Comment

To protect children, reduce the spread of flu viruses, and reduce health spending, the UK offers flu vaccines to all kids over the age of two. But not everyone is sure this is worthwhile and there are questions over the ethics of vaccinating children to protect more vulnerable groups.  Gary Finnegan reports from the European

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How do vaccines work?

By Editorial board February 18th, 2015 0 Comments

Vaccines have saved millions of lives. But how? To answer this, TED-Ed developed this animated video which explains how the immune system works. It also shows how, using this knowledge, scientists found ways to help our bodies protect us from infectious diseases. This is not the only TED talk explaining immunisation. In a fascinating TEDmed

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Measles in Europe: where is the outrage?

By Gary Finnegan February 13th, 2015 0 Comments

The American media is ablaze with stories of a major measles outbreak. But Berlin alonehad more measles cases last month than the US. This is not to downplay the seriousness of what is happening in the US but should make us wonder why we are not reading headings about our own epidemics. Berlin has a

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