Simple model captures almost 100 years of measles dynamics in London: Disease dynamics are well predicted despite major disruptions caused by historical events

A simple epidemiological model accurately captures long-term measles transmission dynamics in London, including major perturbations triggered by historical events. Alexander Becker of Princeton University in New Jersey, U.S., and colleagues present these findings in PLOS Computational Biology. Previous studies have extensively explored how disease outbreaks are affected by variations in demography, such as birth rate, and variations in person-to-person contact, […]

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Niger unveils measles vaccination plan for 4 million children

Niger launched a campaign on Friday to vaccinate more than four million children against measles, one of the biggest causes of child mortality in the country, the health ministry said. The one-week nationwide vaccination programme aims to “eliminate measles by the end of 2020”, Health Minister Illiassou Mainassara said, adding, it “will reach 4.254 million children” aged from 9 months […]

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Texas cities increasingly susceptible to large measles outbreaks

The growing number of children arriving at Texas schools unvaccinated makes the state increasingly vulnerable to measles outbreaks in cities large and small, according to a computer simulation created by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. The findings, published today in the journal JAMA Network Open, indicate that an additional 5% decrease in vaccination rates, which have […]

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Flight Attendant, 43, Who Contracted Measles on Flight Dies After Battling Disease for 5 Months

A flight attendant who contracted measles sadly died this week following a five-month battle with the infectious disease. Rotem Amitai, a 43-year-old employee for El Al Airlines, passed away on Tuesday after contracting measles at the end of March and falling into a “deep” coma, The Washington Post reports. Amitai was flying from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to […]

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Thermally stable TB vaccine closer to reality thanks to microscopic silica cages: A promising TB vaccine can be protected from heat damage

Scientists working on a new tuberculosis (TB) vaccine have achieved a major step forward by showing that a promising TB antigen and a novel vaccine adjuvant can be protected from heat damage with a technique developed at the University of Bath. Their method prevents these crucial vaccine components from spoiling outside of a fridge — meaning a thermally stable vaccine […]

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Measles vaccination decided: Spahn brings a controversial bill in the Cabinet, and

Point victory for Jens Spahn (CDU). After months of discussions and debates of the Federal Minister of health has presented the draft law to a nationwide vaccination in the Cabinet. Thus should have to prove from next year, kindergarten children, pupils and various groups of adults, that they have been vaccinated against measles. After this year, already more than 400 […]

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Health officials warn travellers to get the measles jab

Health officials warn holidaymakers to check if they are up-to-date on their MMR jabs amid outbreaks of measles across Europe A total of 6,265 cases of measles were recorded in EU between January and April Public Health England urged holidaymakers to check their families are protected France, Italy and Poland have recorded the most measles cases so far this year   Health […]

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N.B. receives new batch of measles vaccine amid increased demand in Saint John

New Brunswick has received a new batch of 20,000 doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine amid increased demand during a measles outbreak in Saint John. The province usually orders roughly 5,000 doses of the MMR vaccine every year. But since the outbreak in Saint John began in April, the province says they’ve distributed over 13,000 doses. New […]

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Brother and Sister Accuse Him of Spreading Misinformation on Vaccines

A brother, sister and niece of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Wednesday chastised him for campaigning against vaccines, saying he has been disseminating “dangerous misinformation” that discourages immunization even as measles spreads throughout the United States. They declared that they love him and praised his work to protect the environment. “However, on vaccines he is wrong,” they wrote in a column […]

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