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Ebola outbreak highlights need for vaccine

By Editorial board April 14th, 2014 0 Comments

The spread of Ebola in West Africa is a painful reminder that neither a vaccine nor an effective cure are available to help stem the spread of a deadly disease. Ebola, believed to be caused by four or five viruses, begins with influenza-like symptoms. Headaches, confusion, seizures and sometimes coma can follow, as well as

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Interview: ‘Complex Spanish system can confuse parents’

By Gary Finnegan April 11th, 2014 0 Comments

Parents in Spain can be confused by small variations in vaccine schedules across the country, according to a leading Spanish paediatrician. They may also be getting mixed signals about the relative value of certain immunisations as some vaccines are recommended but not funded by authorities. Dr José Garcia-Sicilia, a paediatrician at the Hospital Infantil Universitario

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If you build it, will they come?

By Editorial board April 7th, 2014 0 Comments

Europe is investing heavily in vaccines research but more must be done to ensure that the public is as excited about this work as experts are. Vaccine experts gathered at an EU conference in Brussels earlier this month to discuss the future of vaccine research and innovation in the EU. The EU Commission, which hosted

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‘Heat proof’ vaccines on the horizon

By Gary Finnegan April 2nd, 2014 0 Comments

If you’re reading this in Europe, you have probably had several vaccines in your lifetime. And, if you’re a parent, you’ve almost definitely brought your child to the local clinic for routine immunisation. Your doctor or public health nurse took the vaccine itself from a fridge, prepared a syringe with a new, disposal needle, and

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