The days are shorter and temperatures are dropping. Winter is fast approaching and with that comes the Southern Hemisphere influenza season. Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting your 2019 flu vaccination this April.
24-30 April 2017 is the World Immunization Week. The aims of the immunization week is to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Today, there are still 19.4 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and one of the leading causes of death in children worldwide. Measles is still occuring around the world despite significant progress in trying to eliminate the disease through vaccination.
An outbreak of Polio linked with a vaccine-derived polio (VDPV) virus strain has been reported in the Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea. The news comes after a successful 2016 global switch from trivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV) to bivalent OPV together with the introduction of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) to prevent VDPV. Polio vaccine coverage in Morobe Province has been previously reported to be low. The news are very concerning globally and more so to a country that had been certified polio-free for 18 years ( since 2000). The polio outbreak underscores the importance of maintaining high vaccine coverage at all times.
The Vaccine Safety Net is a global network of websites, evaluated by the World Health Organization, that provide reliable information on vaccine safety.
Vaccines for Africa Initiative (VACFA)
Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine (IDM)
Wernher & Beit North Wing, Room N2.09A
University of Cape Town
Faculty of Health Sciences
Observatory, 7925, Cape Town, South Africa