General Vaccination News: January 2007 Archives

Muslim urged to shun 'unholy' vaccines


A MUSLIM doctors’ leader has provoked an outcry by urging British Muslims not to vaccinate their children against diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella because it is “un-Islamic”.

Dr Abdul Majid Katme, head of the Islamic Medical Association, is telling Muslims that almost all vaccines contain products derived from animal and human tissue, which make them “haram”, or unlawful for Muslims to take.
Islam permits only the consumption of halal products, where the animal has had its throat cut and bled to death while God’s name is invoked.

Islam also forbids the eating of any pig meat, which Katme says is another reason why vaccines should be avoided, as some contain or have been made using pork-based gelatine.

novartis BASEL (AFX) - Novartis AG said it has received a contract from the US health department worth approximately 55 mln usd to further develop a novel antigen technology that could extend vaccine supplies in a pandemic outbreak.

The contract supports the company's efforts to develop and manufacture its MF59 adjuvant in the US, the Basel-based drug maker said.

An adjuvant is a substance added to a vaccine to enhance the body's immune response to the vaccine's active constituent.

source - AFX 

When There Is No Vaccine


Passive immunization is the answer.

Author: Jack Woodall

In 1942, long before the vaccine was available, I contracted measles, went into a coma, but recovered. My younger brother and sister received transfusions of immune serum from our mother, who had had measles as a child, and were protected. My siblings were not the only ones to benefit from serum treatment: In 1970, two people working on Lassa fever at a university research lab caught the illness, and one died. The other was diagnosed in time, received immune serum from a Lassa survivor, and recovered.

Vaccines have saved countless lives. But there are still diseases that cause large numbers of cases and deaths, such as dengue and malaria, for which vaccines have been sought for decades but always seem to be five years in the future. Other important diseases like Ebola and Lassa fevers are crying out for vaccines, which are under development but still predicted to take years before they will be generally available.

CDC Updates Kids' Vaccine Schedule


vaccination for childrenJan. 5, 2007 -- The CDC has released its 2007 recommended vaccination schedule for kids 0-18 years old.

The schedule includes two new vaccines and tweaks to recommended flu and chickenpox vaccination.

One of the two new vaccines targets certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), a leading cause of cervical cancer.

The CDC recommends routine HPV vaccination for girls 11-12 years old. Girls can get the vaccine when they're as young as 9 years old.

global vaccinationThe advance market commitment plan aimed at funding the development of vaccines for diseases -- including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria -- that largely affect developing countries is "a new way for partners in the private and public sectors to solve an old problem," Orin Levine, an associate professor of international health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Michael Klag, the Bloomberg school's dean, write in a Baltimore Sun opinion piece (Levine/Klag, Baltimore Sun, 1/3).

Under the plan, the Group of Eight industrialized nations would provide between $800 million and $6 billion to subsidize the purchase of new vaccines. Wealthy nations also would provide funding to pharmaceutical companies when they produce safe and effective vaccines, and drug makers would sell the vaccines at reduced prices in developing countries when G8 nations have provided the promised amount. 

vaccination for kidsMore than six-thousand students in the Maryland suburbs of Washington were kept out of classes yesterday because they did not have the proper record of vaccinations.

A law requiring students in sixth through ninth grades to provide records of chickenpox and hepatitis B vaccinations took effect with the new year.

The only exceptions were for those who had proof with proof of appointments to get the shots by January 22nd.