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Global vaccination targets ‘off-track’ warns WHO


Global vaccination targets for the year is far off-track with one in five children still missing out on routine life-saving immunisations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases, according to the World Health Orga

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Meningitis jab made mandatory for Umrah pilgrims

Vaccination against meningitis and other infectious diseases has been made mandatory for Umrah pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia, according to a report. The health requirements issued by Saudi Arabia for Haj and Umrah pilgrims a

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Experts unveil plan to end rabies via dog vaccines

Rabies experts unveiled a blueprint for eliminating the pernicious disease, which almost always is caused by bites from rabid dogs and kills tens of thousands of people a year worldwide, through a programme of mass dog vaccinations in targeted r

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Major progress in fight against malaria

Global efforts to eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 45 per cent globally, according to the World malaria report 2013 published by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Polio outbreak in Syria risks spreading

A polio outbreak has been confirmed among young children in northeast Syria and risks spreading in the region, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday. Twenty-two children in Deir Al-Zor province became paralysed this

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New $5.5bn plan aims to eradicate polio by 2018

Health groups said on Thursday they could rid the world of polio by 2018 with a $5.5 billion vaccination and monitoring plan to stop the disease taking hold once more now there are only a handful of cases worldwide. Experts say th

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Vaccination 'key to prevent pneumococcal diseases'

  Experts have emphasised the role of vaccination in preventing the risk of contracting pneumococcal diseases by adults over the age of 50.   World class experts from the fields of research, diagnos

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Bahrain mandates Makkah vaccination

All pilgrims from Bahrain planning to travel to Makkah should take vaccinations at least 10 days before undertaking the journey, said a senior official. In addition, patients needing medicines for chronic diseases must carry them

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Aetna to cover H1N1 vaccine costs

Aetna, a top health care benefits firm, will provide full coverage for the entire value of a loss without a deductible for the administration of the H1N1 flu vaccine to its global benefits health plan members in the Middle East and Africa.

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Most Britons 'reject swine flu vaccine'

More than half of Britons being offered vaccination against pandemic H1N1 flu are turning it down because they fear side-effects or think the virus is too mild to bother, a survey of doctors showed on Wednesday.   Many of the 10

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