DUSHANBE, Tajikistan —
Health officials in Tajikistan will start a nationwide polio vaccination campaign Saturday in response to the first outbreak of the disease in the Central Asian country in over a decade.
Tajik deputy Health Minister Azam Mirzoyev said 32 cases of polio have been confirmed including one fatality, and the World Health Organization said it was testing more than 100 other suspected cases.
The polio cases were among 171 people who had acute flaccid paralysis since January in the southwest of Tajikistan, including the capital, Dushanbe, WHO spokeswoman Sona Bari said in Geneva.
UNICEF supplied 4 million doses of polio vaccine to Tajikistan earlier this week. WHO says the polio virus causing the outbreak is most closely related to the virus circulating in northern India. The last case of polio previously detected in Tajikistan was in 1997.
Last week, WHO sent a team to Tajikistan to investigate the outbreak.
WHO experts are trying to determine how the virus got from India to Tajikistan, Bari said.
“There’s trade and travel between the two countries. As part of the investigation, we have people there looking at those travel routes and those trade relationships,” she told The Associated Press.
Sixty thousand Haitian children to receive life-saving vaccination as part of Vaccination Week of the Americas
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 29 April 2010 – An estimated 60,000 Haitian children under the age of five will receive life-saving immunization in the next few days, as part of the Vaccination Week of the Americas – an annual vaccination initiative covering 44 countries and territories in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
The vaccination drive in Haiti is being led by the Ministry of Health with the support of UNICEF, WHO and the Pan American Health Organization. It starts on Saturday 1 May and will target the areas of Cornillon, Fonds Verettes, Gantier and Thomazeau in the country’s West Departement and Cayes Jacmel, Marigot, Anse à Pitre, Belle Anse, Grand Gosier and Hotte in the South East Departement adjacent to the border with the Dominican Republic. Children will receive vaccinations against polio, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, and rubella.
“Vaccination is the most cost-effective life saver for children – but the human cost of not vaccinating a child is immeasurable,” said UNICEF Representative in Haiti Ms. Francoise Gruloos-Ackermans. “The concurrent vaccination efforts in Haiti and the Dominican Republic also emphasise the collaborative spirit embodied by the Vaccination Week of the Americas.”
I have created a new page, called Categories where I will keep track of how the new categories are set up. Eventually, as the blog is populated with entries, links will be set up for each category/subcategory so people can use that page as a way to easily navigate to a topic of interest. Please feel free to leave comments on that page about new categories or subcategories you think I should set up. Thank you.
As I have said in the About Page, the purpose of this blog is to make information easy to find for the interested person. A proper category/subcategory set up will be crucial in that regard. As such, I am sharing my current thoughts about how the categories will be set up, which is not the final version. Please give me all the comments you can. I need as much input as I can get at this point. Thank you.
Category/Subcategory Set Up
- The US Schedule
- Vaccine Concerns
- Side Effects
- The Diseases
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza type b
- Influenza (Seasonal)
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
- The Vaccines
- Hepatitis B
- Diphteria, Tetanus, Pertussis
- Haemophilus Influenza type b
- Inactivated Poliovirus
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Hepatitis A
- Scientific Evidence
- Big Pharma
Hello and welcome to Vaccine Central. The mission of this newest blog will be to gather as much information as is publicly available on vaccines, and present it for the reader, in a format that will make it easy for anyone looking for info on vaccines to find it here. To the best of my knowledge, a blog dedicated solely to vaccines does not exist, and I like the flexibility of the blog format better than a static web page, thus I decided to create the Vaccine Central.
The decision to vaccinate, or not, is not one that should be made quickly or based on incomplete information. The internet is a great source of information; unfortunately it is an even greater source of misinformation and sorting good from bad info is a tough task. My focus will be in presenting the best info I can find, with complete links to primary sources of information in order to make it easier for concerned individuals to find the information they need quickly and give them the opportunity to verify with the sources. This blog is not meant to provide complete information, only the information I’ve been able to dig up and present here. I am not a medical doctor, therefore anything you read in this blog should not replace your pediatrician’s advice. Join me in this important journey, as I try to separate truth from fiction, and try to answer the question: to vaccinate or not to vaccinate? Let us find out!