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‘We are failing older people’

By Gary Finnegan May 5th, 2015 0 Comments

Civil society organisations must do more to put adult vaccination on the healthy ageing agenda. Too few people know the adult vaccine schedule and fewer still have the immunisations that can help them to live longer, healthier, active lives, according to Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA). "The question

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Vaccination is ‘safe, cheap, effective’, say doctors

By Editor April 24th, 2015 0 Comments

Doctors have added their voices to a growing movement committed to wiping out measles in Europe. This week, the WHO and national governments renewed their pledge to eliminate measles in Europe – something that has been achieved in many countries around the world already. Read: Losers – Europe trails the world in war on measles

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On a mission to beat meningitis

By Gary Finnegan April 23rd, 2015 0 Comments

Elena Moya knows what it is like to live through meningitis and make a fully recovery. She knows too that not everyone who contracts the disease is so fortunate. Read how defeating meningitis became herlife’s mission. She was just four years of age when she developed meningococcal meningitis. Her parents called the paediatrician after Elena’s

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Is chicken pox dangerous?

By Editor April 22nd, 2015 0 Comments

Sadly, the answer is ‘yes’. And while deaths from chicken pox are very rare, most children who die following infection were previously healthy. A report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) found that the majority of children who develop chicken pox (known as varicella infection) make a full recovery but 2-6%

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A brief history of vaccination

By Editorial board April 21st, 2015 0 Comments

Thanks to advances in sanitation and healthcare, child mortality has fallen significantly in recent decades. Vaccines have had a significant impact on children’s health over the course of history. Take smallpox for example. In the 20th Century it killed between 300 million and 500 million people. An intensive global immunisation campaign launched in the 1960s

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