The risk of serious disease outbreaks among NZ children is now very real. Some childhood immunisation rates have dropped from about 80% in early 2020 to 67% by June 2022, and as low as 45% for Māori.
In the first two months of 2022, 17,000 cases were already reported worldwide.
The latest report from the WHO and Unicef found cases have increased nearly 80% worldwide.
Children and parents lined up for polio vaccines outside a Syracuse, New York school in 1961.
Public health experts know that schools are likely sites for the spread of disease, and laws tying school attendance to vaccination go back to the 1800s.
Several thousand protestors opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine march through the streets of midtown Manhattan in New York on Sept. 18, 2021.
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A growing body of research shows that nutrition, sleep, exercise and a host of other lifestyle choices can help optimize the immune system. But they are no substitute for life-saving vaccines.
Intensive care physicians are yet again facing ICU bed and staff shortages as severe COVID-19 cases rise.
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A critical care doctor brings a frontlines perspective to the frustration of dealing firsthand with vaccine hesitancy and discusses the limitations of science and medicine.
Many individuals are rejecting the COVID-19 vaccines for personal reasons.
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America’s founders accepted the reality of human selfishness. But, they also said people were capable of thinking for the good of the whole, which is necessary for a free society.
By 1980, all U.S. states required immunization for school attendance. Ontario followed suit in 1982.
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The effects of Ontario’s compulsory school immunization show there are advantages and disadvantages of requiring vaccination.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy president David Mabuza, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize visiting the Aspen Pharmacare sterile manufacturing facility.
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Vaccine manufacturing doesn’t come cheap. It depends heavily on support from developed countries. It also requires much more than relaxing intellectual property rights and a desire for vaccine equity.
Age and education level are the main factors associated with vaccine hesitancy. While this affects Māori and Pacific communities, basic access to health care and information is more important.
Empathetically exploring the positive motivations of people who are vaccine hesitant may help improve acceptance for COVID-19 vaccines and others.
From maternity wards to primary care, Canadian researchers are looking to find the positive motivations of vaccine hesitant people, whether they are new parents or other adults.
Roald Dahl with his wife Patricia Neal and children Olivia (right) Tessa, and Theo (in pram).
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Roald Dahl’s daughter Olivia died of measles aged seven.
We’ve gone from a novel virus to several COVID-19 vaccines in less than a year. Here’s what we’ve learned from earlier vaccines to allow this to happen.
Over 1.4 million people have died from COVID-19 so far this year. How history memorializes them will reflect those we most value.
US monuments and memorials have overlooked frontline workers and people of color affected by past epidemics. Will we repeat history?
Apia harbour on the island of Upolu, Samoa, where the deadly influenza virus came ashore in 1918.
After recent suspected COVID-19 cases and with repatriation flights postponed, Samoa takes no chances.
The COVID-19 new normal might be here for quite some time.
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As ready as you are to be done with COVID-19, it’s not going anywhere soon. A historian of disease describes how once a pathogen emerges, it’s usually here to stay.
Getting children vaccinated can protect them and others from potentially deadly diseases.
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A pediatrician answers parents’ questions about catching up on missed childhood vaccinations and why that’s so important.
The federal government is fast-tracking some potential coronavirus vaccines currently in clinical trials.
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For a COVID-19 vaccine to stop the pandemic, a large percentage of the population will have to get vaccinated. A law professor explains how far government and employer vaccine mandates can legally go.
A child receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse in Goma on August 7, 2019.
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African governments should shift their attention to strengthening health systems so that they are better placed to respond to any pandemic.
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The study of two hospitals was a first for researching the microbiology of the built environment in South Africa – a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how to design healthier buildings.
Children at window of a building in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. Children will be vulnerable if vaccinations are postponed.
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South Africa could lose many children due to a measles outbreak which is completely preventable.