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How can Roma children be protected from measles?

By Gary Finnegan September 17th, 2014 0 Comments

Children from Europe’s Roma communities are more likely to get infectious diseases like measles – a more likely to die as a result. What can be done? The short answer is ‘vaccination’. But helping children and their parents to access health services is not always easy. According to the new EU Roma Health Report, child

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Lessons from (recent) history

By Gary Finnegan September 15th, 2014 0 Comments

It is easy to forget how damaging diseases such as polio, pertussis and diphtheria can be. Indeed, if you were born in Europe in the last half century (as I was), it is quite likely that you never really knew these diseases first hand. You and I never really knew the fear that followed these

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Childhood vaccines: ‘huge benefits, minimal risk’

By Editor September 4th, 2014 0 Comments

Are vaccines safe and effective for children? This is the most fundamental and reasonable question every parents asks before following the recommended immunisation schedule. The answer, according to study after the study, is an emphatic yes. The latest scientific paper to explore the question of vaccine safety is a review published in Pediatrics, a leading

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Bringing vaccines to the world’s poorest children

By Editorial board September 1st, 2014 0 Comments

At the beginning of the 21st century there was a growing conviction that vaccinations were one of the most cost-effective ways of advancing global health. What happened next changed millions of lives. For good. The GAVI alliance, a public private partnership dedicated to improving access to vaccines in the poorest countries of the world, devised

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