Mar 062012
126 Children Victims of Measles in Yemen

Tragic news reach us from Yemen: at least 126 children have died from measles since mid-2011 due to a breakdown in basic health services as a consequence of political troubles. The Yemeni government has asked for international assistance with a vaccination campaign that will begin in the hardest-hit regions in early March. The latest numbers (February 2012) show a total of 3,767 confirmed cases resulting in 126 deaths, since mid-2011, for a death rate of 1 in 30 infected. 70% of infections, and all of the 126 deaths, were in children under 5 years of age,  an age-group group that is ———->FULL ARTICLE

Flash News – 09/28/11

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Sep 282011
Flash News - 09/28/11

I haven’t done one of these Flash News items in a while; I apologize for dropping the ball on this one, and I will try to be more persistent in the future. MMR uptake rates increasing in the UK –  The MMR vaccine uptake rates took a beating after the 1998 autism-MMR scare whipped up by Andrew Wakefield. Thankfully, the rates of vaccination have been slowly moving up. The latest news shows that in 2010/11, 89.1% of children in England had received at least one dose of the MMR vaccine by their second birthday, compared with 88.2% in 2009/10 and ———->FULL ARTICLE

Sep 062011
Vaccine Preventable Suffering - Mahi Abdallah

Little Mahi is very unlucky: he nearly died of measles. He contracted measles while traveling overseas. He was not vaccinated due to his young age. He was 9 months when his family left for Kenya. Although Mahi’s parents intended to get him vaccinated on time according to the recommended schedule, they didn’t know that although the first shot of the MMR vaccine isn’t given until 12 months, for overseas travelers different rules apply. Mahi should have been given a vaccine prior to his trip to Kenya. His chances of getting the disease would have been slashed by over 90% if ———->FULL ARTICLE