Vaccines

Ebola Vaccines: Why Clinical Trials Are Just the First Step

Seth Berkley | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Seth Berkley

With clinical trials for Ebola vaccines now under way, and with governments and manufacturers stepping up to fund them, there is an almost palpable sense that the panic is over and the problem solved.

How A Simple Injection Could Save The Lives Of 90 Teenage Girls

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The lives of almost 90 teenage girls could be saved each year if nearly all teenage girls in the UK were given the HPV jab, which prevents cervical ca...

Jessica Elgot

We May Have Already Discovered The Cure For Ebola - So Why Are People Still Dying?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK

The cure for Ebola may have already have been developed by drugs companies, but ethical dilemmas and financial concerns are holding back hopes of a fa...

Students - Protect Yourselves Against Meningitis

Chris Head | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Head

It is vital that UK students are aware that there is a new freely available Meningitis C booster, which they need before they head off to university... New students are at increased risk of encountering the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease because they are often living in busy halls of residence and in close contact with other new students during fresher's week.

Scientist Creates Unstoppable Swine Flu Because... Er...

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Tech

A US-based scientist has confirmed that his team have successfully created a deadly version of the H1N1 virus which is able to evade the human immune ...

In Syria, Mobile Teams Extend the Reach of Vaccination Effort

Razan Rashidi | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

One of the major obstacles is reaching populations in areas cut off by the conflict. In an effort to reach every child with vaccination coverage, UNICEF is supporting local NGOs and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in sending mobile health teams to remote villages and areas affected by conflict.

Three Ideas to Accelerate the Fight Against Malaria

Allan Pamba | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Allan Pamba

Malaria is obstinate. A massive effort by the international community along with the determination of committed individuals, scientists, health workers , governments, charities and other organisations have made a huge dent on its impact. Globally, cases are down 25%, deaths are down 42% since 2000 - but malaria is far from gone.

Would You Risk Your Life for a Week in the Sun?

Dr Nitin Shori | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitin Shori

The long-awaited sunshine enjoyed in parts of the UK this past week will no doubt have got many of us in the mood for a holiday, with some tempting last-minute deals on 'winter sun' getaways to be found. But would you be willing to jet-off to an exotic destination without the recommended vaccinations or malaria protection?

Making Children Pay for Their Healthcare Poses Significant Risks

Peter Grigg | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Grigg

We are calling on the government to rethink its proposals to ensure that all children and young people have access to free healthcare while they are in the UK when they need it, regardless of where they're from or who their parents are.

The Resurgence of Preventable Diseases

Harry Brown | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

For each new person promoting falsehoods about vaccines - the MDGs become that much harder to accomplish. In India, a country known for its political dysfunction, it has achieved extraordinary success by setting clear policy goals with adequate levels of funding and clear lines of responsibility.

Court Decision to Force MMR Wasn't in Child's Best Interest

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
The Conversation UK

The decision is controversial, not just because both children were considered together despite their different ages, but because the 15-year-old had already received the initial MMR vaccine and the next vaccination would be a booster shot.

Fingerprints Point to the Future of Healthcare

Elizabeth Dzeng | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Tech
Elizabeth Dzeng

Health workers in developing countries face challenges that are often taken for granted in the developed world, but new technologies have the potential to become leap frog solutions that address such barriers.

Shit Matters: Improving Access to Water Is Key to Child Survival

Sabrina de Souza | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK
Sabrina de Souza

Thursday morning 7.00am Alarm goes off... snooze 7.18am Alarm goes off for the second time... probably time to get up 7.20am Use toilet 7.21am Fl...

From Mosquito Nets to Life-saving Moisturiser: The London Team Tackling Global Health and Development

Bidisha | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK
Bidisha

Academic and medical research lies at the core of the advocacy and consciousness-raising that global health journalists undertake, although the details of their vital labour, fieldwork and analysis are often unseen by lay readers.

Students Vaccinated After 'Serious' Measles Outbreak

PA | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Secondary school children rolled up their sleeves on Friday to receive the MMR jab in one of the areas worst affected by the measles outbreak. Arou...

Was Millions Of British Aid Money Spent On Fast Cars And Mansions?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK

Millions of pounds of British aid money may have been spent on mansions and motors by officials in Sierra Leone, according to the country's anti-corru...

Comic Relief and GAVI: A Fun Partnership That Is Saving Lives

Bill Roedy | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Bill Roedy

There's something so genuine and heartwarming in sharing a laugh with a little boy or girl. People of all ages love to share their happiness. Laugh, and the whole world laughs with you. That is the power of Comic Relief and its inspiring Red Nose Day fundraising campaign. People throughout the UK will be making fun of themselves on Friday - me, too - to support extraordinary causes.

UK Aid is Helping to End Polio in Pakistan

Suniya Qureshi | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Politics
Suniya Qureshi

We're in the final round of an epic fight. Now is not the time to flinch - now is the time where together we make history.

Idle Gossip Costs Lives in Ivory Coast but, Together, Mums Have the Power to Eliminate Disease

Gemma Parkin | Posted 07.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Gemma Parkin

In Ivory Coast, word of mouth is still the major form of communication for mums-to-be. Many issues are similar to the UK: interference from the mother-in-law seems to be universal and women tend to gossip and share horror stories. Like disease, rumours can spread fast and seem unstoppable. In Ivory Coast, their destructive path is paved by traders, women who visit villages on market day and set up stalls to buy, sell and gossip. Ivory Coast is a volatile country, having recently emerged from civil war.

'Cheaper And More Effective' Hay Fever Vaccine

The Huffington Post | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle

As summer arrives, so do itchy eyes, sneezing fits and weekly shops for antihistamines to help hay fever sufferers survive their pollen allergies. ...

Ending the Meningitis Season

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

In the region of Africa stretching west to Senegal and east to Ethiopia, the scorching dry season is known by another name: meningitis season. For more than a century, large-scale outbreaks of meningitis primarily caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis have led to significant suffering.

Baby Website Claimed MMR Jabs Could Be Causing Autism

PA | Posted 08.08.2012 | UK

A website offering parents advice on childhood immunisation has been ordered to remove information about the MMR vaccine after renewing claims that it...

How Vaccination Can Stop 1.7million Children Dying This Year

Andrew Mitchell | Posted 13.08.2012 | UK
Andrew Mitchell

Vaccines are also highly cost-effective compared to the cost of medical treatment and the loss of potential and productivity through death and ill-health. For scarcely more than the price of a large cup of coffee, for example, a child can be vaccinated against five major childhood killers including diphtheria and tetanus.

One Year On: Delivering on the Promises of Vaccines for All

Alex Kent | Posted 12.08.2012 | UK
Alex Kent

Two days of incubation in a child's body is enough for the virus to do its work. If they are unable to fight it they will end up so severely dehydrated they will have to go to hospital, they could end up on a drip, of several weeks, at which point the child's brain and development will have been so severely affected, and in some cases unfortunate enough to lose their life.

Worst Outbreak Of Measles 'Since 1988'

PA | Posted 03.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle

More than 200 confirmed cases of measles on Merseyside have contributed to the worst outbreak of the disease since 1988, according to the Health Prote...