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 flu vaccine shortage extends to wa
flu vaccine shortage extends to wa

The flu vaccine shortage has hit Western Australia but the premier says new stock will arrive next month.Read More"I think there's been worldwide demand for this vaccine and it's been hard to come by, but certainly when it comes to toddlers and babies, their needs are being taken care of right now," WA Premier Mark McGowan said on Sunday."The department and the doctors are ordering the appropriate vaccine so it's available for the peak of the season."Last year, 8.3 million Australians were vaccinated and it has increased to almost 10 million already in 2018.

extra shots ordered as flu vaccine rationed amid national shortage

Health authorities have been forced to ration doses amid a shortage of influenza shots supplied under the national immunisation program.The federal government on Saturday said it had ordered nearly a million additional doses, including 500,000 to be made in Melbourne.READ MORE It comes on top of the 10 million vaccines that have already been released this flu season - representing an overall 26.5 percent increase on last year.Australia's acting chief medical officer Anthony Hobbs said more will be ordered if necessary.Demand for the vaccine had increased "significantly" this year across the country, following a very high number of flu cases in 2017."We'll continue to work very closely with the chief health officers of each state and territory to ensure that the vaccine gets to those most i

unprecedented demand creates flu vaccine shortage across australia

Unprecedented demand for the influenza vaccine has created a shortage of the potentially lifesaving injection across Australia.A record 5.1 million doses of the seasonal flu vaccine were brought into the country under the National Immunisation Program.But an up to 30 per cent surge in demand ahead of the winter season has impacted supplies, federal health authorities said on Monday.READ MORE"According to states and territories, compared to last year, there has been a 25-30 per cent increase in demand," Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Hobbs said in a statement.Dr Hobbs told ABC News Breakfast that despite an extra 1.3 million free vaccines available for those at risk in 2018, the government is sourcing extra doses."The forecasting arrived at the 10 per cent figure, and it is very impor

nigeria faces vaccine shortage as meningitis outbreak claims 282 lives

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the perfect storm behind this year's nasty flu season

A strong virus, a less-than-effective vaccine, and an IV bag shortage that goes back to Hurricane Maria.

unprecedented demand creates flu vaccine shortage across australia

Unprecedented demand for the influenza vaccine has created a shortage of the potentially lifesaving injection across Australia.A record 5.1 million doses of the seasonal flu vaccine were brought into the country under the National Immunisation Program.But an up to 30 per cent surge in demand ahead of the winter season has impacted supplies, federal health authorities said on Monday.READ MORE"According to states and territories, compared to last year, there has been a 25-30 per cent increase in demand," Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Hobbs said in a statement.To date, the Therapeutic Goods Administration has released 9.6 million doses of influenza vaccines under the immunisation program, state programs and the private market.In 2017, the TGA released 8.3 million doses."The Department

presstv-'diphtheria cases rising in yemen amid vaccine shortage'

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against the rising number of diphtheria cases in Yemen amid a dire shortage of vaccine caused by the Saudi-led blockade of the impoverished country.So far, out of 197 registered diphtheria cases in Yemen, 22 patients have died as a result of the highly contagious infection, the WHO said on Friday.The UN health agency warned that the Saudi-led blockade on aid delivery to Yemen has dramatically impacted its ability to restock vaccine supplies needed to prevent the outbreak of the disease."There is still not even one dose of Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccine in the country for children above five years and young adults," WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told reporters in Geneva.Lindmeier noted that nearly 8.5 million doses of the vaccine are required t

extra shots ordered as flu vaccine rationed amid national shortage

An extra 800,000 flu vaccines will be made available to Australians over the coming months to help keep up with unprecedented demand.Health authorities have been forced to ration doses amid a shortage of influenza shots supplied under the national immunisation program.The federal government on Saturday said it had secured nearly a million additional doses, including 500,000 to be made in Melbourne.READ MORE It comes on top of the 10 million vaccines that have already been released this flu season - representing an overall 26.5 per cent increase on last year.Australia's acting chief medical officer Anthony Hobbs said there had been "significant demand" for the seasonal flu shot as people heed the message to get vaccinated."We will continue to monitor the supply of influenza vaccines and we

false beliefs about mmr vaccine found to influence acceptance of zika vaccine

People's willingness to use a Zika vaccine when it's available will be influenced by how they weigh the risks associated with the disease and the vaccine, but also by their misconceptions about other vaccines, a new study has found.While a Zika vaccine is in development, the study by researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania examined factors that will affect the eventual acceptance or rejection of such a vaccine.The study, published in the Journal of Public Health, found that people's erroneous beliefs about an association between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism were a predictor of people's lessened intention to get a Zika vaccine. The study also found that people's perceptions of the severity of the Zika virus as we

vaccine to prevent most cervical cancers shows long-term effectiveness

IMAGE: This is Warner Huh.
view more Credit: UABBIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A vaccine that can literally eradicate the majority of cervical cancer cases shows long-term effectiveness in a study published today in The Lancet. This study of 14,215 women in 18 countries extends and solidifies the initial phase 3 efficacy and safety trial of the nine-valent human papilloma virus vaccine, Gardasil 9, that was published in February 2015 in The New England Journal of Medicine.These new results strengthen the promise that vaccination with Gardasil 9 can reduce 90 percent of cervical cancers."There is no question that the vaccine works," said primary author Warner Huh, M.D., professor and director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Gynecologic Oncology and a senior scientist at the UAB

investigational vaccine protected monkeys from hiv-like virus

DURHAM, N.C. -- Building on insights from an HIV vaccine regimen in humans that had partial success during a phase 3 clinical trial in Thailand, a Duke-led research team used a more-is-better approach in monkeys that appeared to improve vaccine protection from an HIV-like virus.Adding three more targets to the investigational vaccine, for a total of five, protected more than half of the vaccinated animals from simian-human immunodeficiency virus infection. "The vaccine regimen tested in the Thai trial, known as RV144, had 31-percent efficacy and is the only HIV investigational vaccine regimen to have demonstrated even modest protection from HIV infection," said Barton F. Haynes, M.D., director of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute and senior author of a study published online June 8 in the j

two dose hpv vaccine effective in treating genital warts, study finds

BOSTON- As of this year, kids under the age of 15 only need 2 doses of HPV vaccine. New research out of Boston Medical Center, published online in the STD Journal, is the first published clinical evidence to support new recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a two-dose HPV vaccine to prevent genital warts. BMC researchers found that the two-dose human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine provides the same level of protection against genital warts as three doses, when given as directed. The study looked at nearly 400,000 girls from around the country to find the rate of genital warts based on the number of vaccine doses received. Researchers found that receiving two or three doses of the vaccine was effective. Both provided significantly more protection against g

maybe you shouldn’t vaccinate your kids—maybe equinate them instead

Enlarge/ Pox.CDCShare this storySmallpox is the first and only human disease we have ever successfully eradicated—thanks to the very first vaccine ever developed. It’s quite the medical triumph. The very word “vaccine,” which we use to describe all other forms of protective inoculations, is an homage to the smallpox vaccine.Yet, we don’t know what the vaccine is, exactly. For decades, researchers have mulled its sordid and muddled origins. Now, a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine finally offers a genetic glimpse of its true identity—and it’s not what you might expect.Most people know the general tale of the vaccine’s origin, which started with key observations: smallpox survivors obtained immunity; infection through a scratch spurred a milder sickness; and milkmaids, who

new vaccine to combat rise of meningitis w strain

Children are to be given an enhanced meningitis vaccine following a sharp rise in the number of cases in the last year.The current vaccine, introduced in 2002, protects against the C strain of the disease, but in the last two years Meningitis W has been on the increase. So far in 2017 there have been 47 recorded cases compared to 50 for the whole of last year.The new vaccine will be given to babies at 14 months and protects against the A, C, W and Y strains. Children in the first two years of secondary school will also be encouraged to have the immunisation as teenagers are among the group most at risk from meningitis infection, along with babies and the elderly.

how well will the flu vaccine work this winter?

GALVESTON, Texas -- The most effective way of preventing seasonal influenza is to be vaccinated each autumn. The reason that people are encouraged to get vaccinated annually is because flu virus can cause severe disease. One of the problems is that there are many different flu viruses circulating around the world and which ones circulate changes over time. Each year, pharmaceutical companies produce vaccines against the flu viruses predicted to be dominant during the upcoming flu season. How well the vaccine works varies from year to year because of how much the circulating flu viruses evolve between the time that the vaccine is produced and the beginning of flu season. For this reason, in most years, the flu vaccine is 50 to 70 percent effective. During the Australian 2017 flu season, the

a new vaccine is promising to advance the frontier of eliminating malaria - worl

AuthorSimon KariukiChief Research Officer, Malaria Branch Chief in the KEMRI, CDC and London School of Tropical Medicine Collaborative Program, Kenya Medical Research InstituteMore than 30 malaria vaccine candidates are at various stages of development. The RTS,S vaccine is at the most advanced stage.The World Health Organisation has recommended the introduction of the vaccine in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi as a pilot programme to assess its suitability in expanded immunisation programmes.The vaccine could prove to be a powerful tool in sustaining the gains made in the last decade in reducing malaria related cases and deaths. Between 2000 and 2015, new malaria cases fell by 37% globally, and by 42% in Africa. This has been achieved through key interventions such as using treated bed nets, spra

govt apathy hits vaccine unit

India’s only Yellow Fever vaccine manufacturing unit at the Central Research Institute in Kasauli is shut for the last five years, even as the Centre continues to import the critical vaccine.While the production was stopped in 2011 on the pretext that CRI did not have good manufacturing practice (GMP) grade facilities to commercially produce the vaccine, over the years the Union health ministry did precious little to upgrade the unit.For more than a year, a CRI proposal to modernise the production unit in collaboration with a Russian agency is gathering dust in the health ministry. CRI is one of the three public sector vaccine manufacturing units that was shut in 2008. The other two units were BCG Vaccine Laboratory (BCGVL) at Guindy and Pasteur Institute of India (PII), Coonoor.Subsequent

past encounters with the flu shape vaccine response

New research on why the influenza vaccine was only modestly effective in recent years shows that immune history with the flu influences a person's response to the vaccine.Low effectiveness of the flu vaccine is often blamed on problems with how the vaccine is designed and produced. Sometimes the flu strains chosen for the vaccine are a poor match for those that end up circulating in the public, especially in years when the H3N2 strain predominates. The majority of flu vaccines given around the world are also grown in eggs, which can cause the virus to mutate and differ from circulating strains, and thus become less protective.In 2012-13, the H3N2 component of the flu vaccine was effective in just 39 percent of people. That season, public health officials believed that adaptations in egg-gr

measles vaccine increases child survival beyond protecting against measles

In the largest study to date on children in a low/middle income country, new research in Ghana finds that the timing of a measles vaccine in an overall vaccination schedule can have a profound impact on child survival rates beyond protecting against measles infection. The findings, published today in open access journal Frontiers in Public Health, suggest that measles vaccination in the recommended sequence may have made an important contribution towards achieving the Millennium Development Goal 4 of reducing child mortality.Measles -- along with tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and poliomyelitis -- is one of the six childhood 'killer diseases' targeted by World Health Organization (WHO) mass immunization programs. In addition to protecting against these diseases, previous stud

single-dose vaccine could provide faster protection in cholera epidemics

Single-Dose Vaccine Could Provide Faster Protection in Cholera EpidemicsEach year there are more than three million cases of cholera worldwide, a disease transmitted through contaminated food and water that hits developing countries particularly hard. While the standard regimen for protecting against cholera with existing non-living oral cholera vaccines includes administering two doses over a two-week period, research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) now shows that giving a stronger single-dose of a live oral vaccine could be an effective tool in controlling outbreaks more quickly.The UMSOM research, published in Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, was conducted in Mali and included 150 participants. Researchers assessed the effectiveness (ability to stimulate vibrioc

budget version of flu vaccine blamed for bad season

A cheap vaccine has been blamed for the number of Australians succumbing to the flu this winter, with more than double the number of confirmed cases. Doctors are blaming a cheap vaccine for failing to protect the elderly in what has been Australia's worst flu season on record.Figures reveal more than 217,000 Australians had laboratory confirmed cases of the flu this year - more than double the previous record of just over 100,000 in 2015.A $6 version of the vaccine was the problem, which did not properly protect the elderly, Immunisation Coalition chair Professor Paul van Buynder told News Corp on Monday.More readingBudget version of flu vaccine blamed for bad seasonA cheap vaccine has been blamed for the number of Australians succumbing to the flu this winter, with more than double the nu

budget version of flu vaccine blamed for bad season

A cheap vaccine has been blamed for the number of Australians succumbing to the flu this winter, with more than double the number of confirmed cases. Doctors are blaming a cheap vaccine for failing to protect the elderly in what has been Australia's worst flu season on record.Figures reveal more than 217,000 Australians had laboratory confirmed cases of the flu this year - more than double the previous record of just over 100,000 in 2015.A $6 version of the vaccine was the problem, which did not properly protect the elderly, Immunisation Coalition chair Professor Paul van Buynder told News Corp on Monday.More readingBudget version of flu vaccine blamed for bad seasonA cheap vaccine has been blamed for the number of Australians succumbing to the flu this winter, with more than double the nu

'leftover' flu vaccines still available from some gps and pharmacies

This includes pregnant women, people with medical risk factors and the elderly – those eligible for a free shot through the National Immunisation Program.“They should be getting the vaccine now,” Dr Bartone said.Anthony Tassone, from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, said several pharmacy operators were telling young and healthy adult customers to return for a vaccine in a week or two, when they hope supply will improve.Andrew Farmer, co-owner of the Terry White Chemmart Pharmacy in Hawthorn, is among those who still has supplies for all adults, including the enhanced vaccines for the over 65s and government-supplied vaccines for people with underlying illness.He said he expects to start running low next week and noted demand had increased following the news of a shortage.“Today we did near

new malaria vaccine is fully effective in very small clinical trial

Credit: JJ Harrison, via WikimediaShare this storyMalaria, a potentially deadly mosquito-borne infection, remains a problem in many parts of the world. Reducing infections has been challenging because no vaccine is currently available. Prevention efforts have mostly concentrated on eliminating the transmission vector, mosquitoes. A recent study published in Nature shows that a new vaccine for malaria is well tolerated by humans and can provide significant immunity to malaria.Malaria is caused by infection of the protozoan parasite Plasmodium falciparum. These are complex cells that have a number of means to evade the immune system, which has made the creation of vaccines challenging. To make this new vaccine, the parasites were first rendered harmless via radiation and then rapidly frozen 

new vaccine production could improve flu shot accuracy

IMAGE: Cells of the upper respiratory tract are where influenza virus infection occurs. Red marks basal cells, green marks ciliated cells, and blue marks cell nuclei.
view more Credit: Rebekah Dumm, Duke UniversityDURHAM, N.C. -- A new way of producing the seasonal flu vaccine could speed up the process and provide better protection against infection.
For decades, vaccine manufacturers have used chicken eggs to grow the flu virus strains included in the seasonal flu shot. But because these human strains frequently mutate to adapt to their new environment in eggs, the resulting vaccine is often an imperfect match to the actual virus that it is supposed to protect against.
Duke researchers have devised a way to keep the human influenza virus from mutating during production, generating

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