Polio - Almost History

David Bull | Posted 29.11.2015 | UK
David Bull

The hard-won battle to eradicate polio once and for all is within our grasp but we can't relax yet. We must, maintain and accelerate our efforts. So it is heartening to see Commonwealth countries, including the UK, coming together this weekend at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta to review the results achieved to date and call for renewed global support.

Meningitis: A Survivor's Story

Amy Davis | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Amy Davis

Turning 18 was the most exciting time of my life. I was looking forward to making the most of becoming an 'official' adult and spending as much time going out with my friends as possible. Those turning 18 or off to university this year are probably feeling full of this excitement and the joys of not knowing what's around the corner - gearing up to start an amazing new chapter...

Meningitis - Your Vote Could Save Lives

Victoria Curran | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Parents
Victoria Curran

My son was extremely fortunate. He developed pneumococcal meningitis. It's an aggressive strain most common in babies under 18 months old. It is fatal in 15% of cases and 25% of those who survive are left with severe and disabling after-effects. From what we can tell, Finn has made a full recovery.

Meningitis B Vaccine Now Given To Babies Across UK

PA | By Jane Kirby, Press Association Health Editor | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Parents

A new vaccine to prevent deadly meningitis is to be given to babies across the UK from today. The meningitis B jab is being offered on the NHS for ...

Miracle Cures and Playing God - Because Somebody has to.

Paul Beaumont | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Paul Beaumont

In reality, Christians merely make excuses for God's inactivity. The truth is that God is no longer in the miracle business, and nor was he ever, in all probability.

'Dream Come True': Malaria Vaccine Approved After 30 Years Of Trials

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A vaccine which could help protect against malaria, has been given the green light after 30 years of trials. The Mosquirix (RTS,S) vaccination, wh...

Could 'Personalised' Cancer Vaccines Be On The Cards?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Personalised cancer vaccinations could soon be on the cards, according to a new study. A vaccine, which is designed to work on individual patients,...

Charity Celebrates Long Awaited News of Introduction of MenB Vaccine

Chris Head | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK
Chris Head

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) supporters across the UK are celebrating the news that a long awaited and hard campaigned for vaccine against the most feared and deadly disease will be offered to babies for free under the NHS.

Doctors' Anger As Price War Over Meningitis Vaccine Rages

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK

A meningitis vaccine that is currently the subject of price negotiations should be introduced as soon as possible "to save lives", a charity has warne...

Disneyland Measles Outbreak Linked To The Anti-Vaccination Movement

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A measles outbreak that begin in Disneyland, California and rapidly spread to communities across America was linked to low vaccination rates, a study ...

The Realities of Not Vaccinating

Sarah Mehta | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

In our individualist culture, it's tempting to think that the vaccination is an individual choice. But diseases like measles remind us that no person (or family) is an island, and vaccinations are an essential responsibility towards our community as well as ourselves.

I Know Your Fear Anti-Vaxxers, But This Isn't Your Choice

Lucy Unwin | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK
Lucy Unwin

The crux of my problem with the current debate is that this just isn't one of those decisions we make for our families alone. This isn't one of the times where you get to weigh it up and make the call. This isn't about your individual freedom, its about basic community responsibility.

A Handy Cheat Sheet For Republican Presidential Hopefuls Visiting The UK

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Politics

London has become the elephant’s graveyard. It’s the place where Republicans go to die. In less than a month, three of the GOP’s main preside...

Could This Breast Cancer Vaccine Slow The Disease?

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

An experimental breast cancer vaccine has been shown to slow down progression of the tumour in human patients. Trialling the vaccine on 14 women, r...

Ebola Vaccines: Why Clinical Trials Are Just the First Step

Seth Berkley | Posted 26.01.2015 | 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? | 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.