Vaccination guidelines for pregnant women before, during and post-pregnancy

A pregnant woman and her unborn child need to be protected from various infections and illnesses; vaccination could be one of the ways to protect both the mother and the baby. It is important for a woman to be informed on what vaccinations should be taken and when

Vaccination guidelines for pregnant women before, during and post-pregnancyThe immune system becomes weak during pregnancy, as it supports the growing foetus; this increases the risk of the mother catching an infection along with the baby. If a mother has a strong immunity, it helps create the baby’s first line of resistance to fight against uncertain maladies. Not only does vaccination protect the woman […]

Swine Flu: 51,000 high-risk patients vaccinated in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government has vaccinated 51,000 people in the state who fall into the high-risk zone to get infected with swine flu. As per the data given by the state swine flu department, as many as 36,000 pregnant women were also immunised under this drive

Swine Flu: 51,000 high-risk patients vaccinated in MaharashtraThe high-risk patients are those patients who are either suffering from diabetes, hypertension, or pregnant women etc. These patients are more likely to be affected by swine flu disease. The state government provides free immunisation to the people who fall into these categories. Out of 51,000 people who have been vaccinated till now, as many […]

‘We walk miles and miles, just to ensure that no kid is left unimmunised’

In India, lakhs of newborn child and expectant mothers lose their life as they do not get vaccinated on time. In order to bring the infant, child, and maternal mortality rates down; the union government began ‘Mission Indradhanush’ in 2014. Till now, crores of children have been immunised under this mission, but this would not have been possible without the ceaseless efforts put in by Asha workers and Geeta Varma, is one of them

‘We walk miles and miles, just to ensure that no kid is left unimmunised’As an soldier fights to protect his motherland from an enemy on the border, as a policemen who safeguards the citizens from criminals, as a fire brigade personnel who risks his life to save someone else, our health workers also play a similar role in their battles with the deadly diseases to ensure that the […]

#MomVsFlu: Doctors start campaign to raise awareness on influenza

According to few official reports, India reported 38,811 cases of flu and 2,266 deaths due to flu in 2017. In spite of the increasing cases of flu each year in India, 40% of mothers and parents, still do not take the flu seriously. #MomVsFlu is an initiative started by two doctors from Mumbai after a small survey conducted by Abbott that they released on Tuesday

#MomVsFlu: Doctors start campaign to raise awareness on influenza“Influenza flu is under-reported, underdiagnosed and eventually, goes untreated. There is no data in place. We interviewed people in the form of a questionnaire and about 1,000 people from eight cities in the country, namely Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune participated,” said Dr Uday A Pai, Paediatrician, Past president of Indian […]

Nurse assaulted in Kerala, 400 doctors and their staffs go on strike

Assaulting medical practitioners by the common man is an ugly leitmotif in India these days. In a fresh case, a nurse in Kerala was assaulted on Thursday, while she was to vaccinate children from the GLP School in Edavur under the government scheme

Nurse assaulted in Kerala, 400 doctors and their staffs go on strikeAround 11 am on Thursday morning, as Shyamala Bhai, a nurse entered the GLP School in Mallapuram district in Edavur, Kerala; she noticed the usual hue and cry from people outside. It didn’t seem like a very surprising sight at first because that was always the case with vaccination programmes in the state. Vaccination programmes […]

32 diseases for which vaccines are urgently needed, but none exist

The new index is produced by the Dutch foundation that issues the biennial Access to Medicines Index, which ranks drug manufacturers according to how easy it is for people in poor countries to get the companies’ lifesaving medications

32 diseases for which vaccines are urgently needed, but none existThe pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi sell many doses of vaccines at high prices and do a lot of research with the profits, while the Serum Institute of India makes more doses than any other manufacturer and sells them at low prices, according to the first Access to Vaccines Index, which was released last week. […]

Flu vaccine without a needle prick may soon be a reality

The patch contains the same type of vaccine that would be found in a traditional needle and syringe, but it is placed within tiny needles in the patch instead of being placed in only one large one for a flu shot

Flu vaccine without a needle prick may soon be a realityThe future of flu vaccines just might come in a tiny, prickly patch. A phase 1 clinical trial, the results of which were published in the medical journal Lancet on Tuesday, has deemed the dissolvable microneedle flu patch to be “well tolerated” and safe for possible use. Instead of receiving a flu vaccine with the […]

Yellow Fever: Sassoon Hospital launches online registration service

Around 150 people approach Sassoon Hospital every week for yellow fever vaccination. On the day of vaccination, there is always a huge crowd gathered in the hospital> they need to stand in a long queue to get vaccinated. Also, many people had to be turned back without prior appointment system asking them to come back again the following week for vaccination

Yellow Fever: Sassoon Hospital launches online registration serviceSassoon Hospital in Pune will become the first hospital in Maharashtra to start online registration for yellow fever vaccine in Maharashtra. Yellow fever vaccine is given as a  prophylaxis to a person traveling to yellow fever endemic areas like Brazil, Uganda, Argentina, Ethiopia, Nigeria etc. This vaccine is given as a single shot which provides immunity […]

The number of gastro cases have decreased in Pune, experts

Gastroenteritis (gastro) is the most common digestive disorder amongst children. Severe gastroenteritis causes dehydration and an imbalance of blood chemicals (electrolytes) because of a loss of body fluids in the vomit and stool. But surprisingly, it has come down. According to Pune paediatricians, in this year, the incidents of children with gastro related illnesses have reduced. While, the percentage of viral flu has increased at an alarming rate

The number of gastro cases have decreased in Pune, expertsChildren usually contract viral gastroenteritis from other children who have had it or who have been exposed to it, such as those kids in child care centres, schools, and other crowded settings. Viral gastroenteritis is very contagious and spreads easily from child to child. On the other hand, your child is sent home from school […]

This winter, keep influenza at bay

Influenza cases peak in winter and just after the monsoon. At times, the flu can be deadly. Experts advise quick medical attention to prevent it

This winter, keep influenza at baySeasonal influenza is characterised by a sudden onset of high fever, cough), headache, muscle and joint pain, severe malaise (feeling unwell), sore throat and runny nose. Dr Pratit Samdani, General Physician from Jaslok Hospital said, “It is a very common communicable disease which affects young, elderly, diabetics, those who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lung […]