WHO welcomes Facebook pledge to curb anti-vaccine misinformation

The World Health Organization said on Thursday it welcomed a commitment by Facebook that it would direct users seeking vaccine information on its Instagram, Facebook Search, Groups and other forums towards facts, not misinformation

WHO welcomes Facebook pledge to curb anti-vaccine misinformationAfter several months of talks with the WHO, Facebook has pledged to direct its users to “accurate and reliable vaccine information in several languages” on the WHO’s website, the United Nations health agency said, “to ensure that vital health messages reach people who need them the most”. “Major digital organisations have a responsibility to their […]

Maharashtra: 34% of newborn children miss out on hepatitis B vaccine

After a child is born it is necessary for the newborn baby to be vaccinated for hepatitis B. In the last year, from March 2018 to April 2019, it was revealed that 34 per cent of children were not vaccinated for various reasons. This shocking figure was provided by the Health Management Information System (HMIS)

Maharashtra: 34% of newborn children miss out on hepatitis B vaccineIn Maharashtra, one out of three children is deprived of vaccination. In Mumbai, one out of ten children is deprived of vaccination. In rural areas, 39% of children are unvaccinated whereas in urban areas 10% of children are unvaccinated. In Ahmednagar 40,933 children missed out on vaccines, while in Nashik 32,609 children are unvaccinated, in […]

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 […]

World Immunisation Week: Adult vaccination, an ignored area in healthcare

This week is World Immunisation Week, which runs from April 24th to 30th. The campaign, celebrated worldwide, aims to champion the power of vaccines to protect our health and prevent outbreaks

World Immunisation Week: Adult vaccination, an ignored area in healthcareThe Government of India, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), considers childhood vaccination as the first priority, but there is not yet focus on adult immunisation. Adult immunisation in India is the most ignored part of healthcare services. Celebrated in the last week of April, World Immunisation Week aims to promote the use […]

#WorldImmunizationWeek: How an Anganwadi worker brought progress to a village

On the occasion of World Immunization Week, My Medical Mantra spoke to an Anganwadi Sevika (health worker), working in remote tribal areas of Maharashtra. She speaks about the difficulties she’s been through and hurdles she has overcome while tirelessly working to contribute to the greater good in society

#WorldImmunizationWeek: How an Anganwadi worker brought progress to a village“It took me 12 long years, to change the mind-set of the tribal people to imbibe the importance of vaccination in their mind. And, finally, I can proudly say that the change is visible. The journey wasn’t easy at all. Throughout the days and months, we have relentlessly been educating tribal people, and spreading awareness […]

India’s measles vaccination programme helps save countless lives

On World Measles Immunisation Day, Indian researchers have found that the recent vaccination programmes have helped prevent deaths of thousands of children in the country

India’s measles vaccination programme helps save countless livesResearchers from King George’s Medical University, Lucknow; Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, and the Indian Council of Medical Research have analysed the impact of the national measles immunisation campaign in India. The findings of the study were published in the journal eLife. The researchers analysed […]

MMR vaccine does not cause autism, proves decade-long study

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine isn’t associated with an increased risk of autism even among kids who are at high risk because they have a sibling with the disorder, a Danish study suggests

MMR vaccine does not cause autism, proves decade-long studyA new large-scale Danish study searches for connections between autism and the MMR vaccine. In particular, they investigate at-risk individuals. Once again, no links are found. Concerns about a potential link between the MMR vaccine and autism have persisted for two decades, since a controversial and ultimately retracted 1998 paper claimed there was a direct […]

‘Vaccination awareness reaching to the remotest region, is the blockbuster of my life,’ says Kareena Kapoor

Swasth Immunised India, an initiative by Network18 and Serum Institute Of India, was launched in Mumbai today. The initiative aims to vaccinate 85% of the country’s children in a span of five years. Kareena Kapoor Khan has been appointed as the brand ambassador of this campaign

‘Vaccination awareness reaching to the remotest region, is the blockbuster of my life,’ says Kareena KapoorThe campaign aims to build a robust campaign aimed at spreading awareness on the importance and benefits of immunisation among the masses. In devoting her time to son Taimur Ali Khan while juggling a flourishing career in films, Kareena Kapoor Khan has rewritten the rules of modern parenting and become an inspiration to working mothers […]

Maharashtra: Over 2.10 crore children in administered measles-rubella vaccine, states Deepak Sawant

As per the preservation campaign conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) the state got over 99 percent marks in 21 parameteres. Those children who are yet to get the vaccine dose, can approach the government hospital and get vaccinated for, all necessary arrangements are made available there stated Maharashtra’s health minister

Maharashtra: Over 2.10 crore children in administered measles-rubella vaccine, states Deepak SawantDuring the last 28 days of vaccination campaign over 2.10 crore children were given the measles-rubella vaccine in the state competing 60 percent plus target of vaccination. As per the preservation campaign conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) the state got over 99 percent marks in 21 parameteres. Those children who are yet to […]

Dr Cyrus Poonawalla awarded for his contribution in the field of vaccination

The Vaccine Hero award was inaugurated to celebrate global figures whose dedication to the Vaccine Alliance’s mission has played a key role in helping Gavi and its partners to protect hundreds of millions of children across the world

Dr Cyrus Poonawalla awarded for his contribution in the field of vaccinationDr Cyrus Poonawalla, Founder of Serum Institute of India (SII) and Chairman of Poonawalla Group, has been given the first ever Vaccine Hero award by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Since Gavi’s inception Cyrus has been a steadfast supporter of Gavi’s mission,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. “Under his leadership Serum […]
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