LONDON (Reuters) – More than one in 10 children – or 20 million worldwide – missed out last year on vaccines against life-threatening diseases such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus, the World Health Organization and the UNICEF children’s fund said on Monday.Read On.
The Bergen County Jail will continue its quarantine for another week after last month’s mumps outbreak, officials announced Monday.
“To err on the side of caution, the quarantine will remain in place through the end of the week, at which time the active status will be revisited by officials in the Bergen County Department of Health and Bergen County Sheriff’s Office,” said an email from Derek Sands, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. Read Story Here.
Tackling misinformation & building trust to achieve universal health coverage
UNICEF and the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations are holding a high-level event to bring together decision makers, the global health community, governments, civil society actors, and the private sector, including technology companies to take action in combating misinformation on vaccination, building trust and confidence on vaccines and improving quality of care to ensure children worldwide have access to vaccination. This will be the first event of its kind, focusing on misinformation and vaccination, to take place at the UN. See more HERE.
There have been 60 new cases of measles reported in the U.S. in the past week, with much of the increase coming from New York, according to federal officials.
Less than two weeks ago, the country broke the record of 667 cases reported in 2014, the most confirmed since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000. Story Here.
A mumps outbreak that began at Philadelphia’s Temple University in February has snowballed, with the city’s health department now reporting 106 cases associated with the flare-up.
A majority of American teenagers, boys and girls, are reaching adulthood without the full protection of the vaccine. Sometimes they don’t get vaccinated because they or their parents are opposed to the vaccine (for reasons that irk me too much to dwell upon right now). To increase vaccination rates, we need to overcome people’s resistance to this vaccine.
But there’s something else that’s preventing kids from getting vaccinated that might even be more maddening than anti-vaxxers– insurance companies aren’t covering the full cost of the vaccine, causing some physicians too, shall we say, less than aggressively promote the intervention. To increase vaccination rates among American children, insurance companies need to reimburse providers more generously for vaccinating their patients.
April 9th, 2019 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported 426 mumps virus infections during the January to March 29, 2019 timeframe.
These mumps cases were reported by 34 states and the District of Columbia on April 9, 2019. This news is actually a positive trend when compared with the 2,251 mumps cases reported during 2018. More Here
Measles warning letters: Chicago-area hospitals will tell anti-vaccine parents their kids are at risk
Chicago-area doctors are ratcheting up pressure on local families that opt not to vaccinate their children, following measles outbreaks here and across the country.
In coming weeks, at least three local health systems – NorthShore University HealthSystem, Advocate Aurora Health and Lurie Children’s Hospital – plan to send letters to parents of children who aren’t vaccinated against the measles, saying their children may be at risk of catching the disease and can still get immunized. Story HERE.