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Marking the 50th anniversary of the measles vaccine
It has been 50 years since the introduction of the measles vaccine. The Measles and Rubella Initiative recently honored two pediatricians, Louis Cooper, MD, FAAP, and Samuel Katz, MD, FAAP, for their efforts in helping to rid the world of measles and rubella. Read an article from AAP News, which addresses this on-going commitment. (Shared with permission of AAP News, November 2013.)
Progress and Challenges Fighting Polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan
Both Pakistan and Afghanistan saw an overall decrease in wild poliovirus (WPV) cases from January – September 2013 compared with the same time period in 2012 according to data published in the November 22 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 2012, transmission of indigenous WPV has been limited to three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. Results for Nigeria will be released in December.
WHO SAGE on Immunization - November 2013 Meeting
In early November, the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization met in Geneva. The group was established by the Director-General of the World Health Organization in 1999 to provide guidance on the work of WHO. SAGE is the principal advisory group to WHO for vaccines and immunization. It is charged with advising WHO on overall global policies and strategies, ranging from vaccines and technology, research and development, to delivery of immunization and its linkages with other health interventions. Access documents from the November 2013 meeting, including presentations and background documents.
Rotary Clubs take action in Philippines
Rotary clubs around the world are pledging emergency aid to communities in central Philippines after last week’s massive typhoon flattened entire coastal towns and villages, killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly 600,000 more. Rotary's work to eradicate polio, our top priority, began in the Philippines. In 1979, Rotary funded the immunization of six million children with the oral polio vaccine. Based largely on the success there, the World Health Assembly authorized the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in which Rotary is a spearheading partner.
- Colleen Mattimore, MD, FAAP, brings Shot@Life's in-office program to her practice in New York
- Gitanjli Arora, MD, DTMH, FAAP, shares her personal stories and encourages readers to take action to promote global vaccines
- Bill Gates provides a video summary of the April 2013 Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi
- Peter Yeo, UN Foundation VP: Huffington Post blog on twenty million reasons to keep up momentum on global immunizations