The Different Types of Vaccines – Explained

You probably know that vaccines prevent life-threatening diseases. You may also know that some vaccines are only given to children, (i.e. Chickenpox and MMR - Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) whereas others require you to make repeat visits to the doctor's office through adulthood, for 'boosters' (i.e. TdaP - Tetanus, Diphtheria, and acellular Pertussis). Why are... Continue Reading →

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A Bumpy Road to Eradication: the Polio Outbreak in Congo

We are in the midst of a global polio eradication campaign launched by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), which has reduced the number of polio cases by 99.9%, saving an estimated 15 million children from paralysis. Only 3 countries in the world still have endemic polio (meaning transmission is constantly maintained): Afghanistan, Pakistan and... Continue Reading →

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Vaccine Hesitancy Among Caregivers and Association with Childhood Vaccination Timeliness in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The concept of vaccine hesitancy was recently defined by the WHO as the "delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite availability of vaccination services. Vaccine hesitancy is complex and context specific varying across time, place and vaccines. It includes factors such as complacency, convenience and confidence." Vaccine hesitancy makes inherent sense to us in... Continue Reading →

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