Vaccinations debates continue over cost, now that mercury’s resolved


WHO calls Pakistan measles outbreak, with 100 children’s deaths in 3 weeks, “alarming” GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A decades-long debate that raged over whether or not vaccinations cause harm has drawn to a quiet close, but that doesn’t mean the world’s children will now easily be vaccinated, with rapidly rising costs and unnecessarily complicated vaccines as […]

World Health Assembly: WHO Carves Out Leadership Role In “Vaccine Decade”

Republished with permission from IP Watch By Rachel Marusak Hermann for Intellectual Property Watch With a generous pledge and a grand vision, Bill Gates launched the “Decade of Vaccines” two years ago. By endorsing a “Global Vaccine Action Plan” during the World Health Assembly last week, the world’s health authority stands as the lead agency […]

Polio in India “no longer endemic” says WHO

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Health Organization in Delhi announced 29 February that India is no longer on the list of “endemic” polio nations, with that list now reduced to an all-time low of three countries. Polio-endemic nations are those that have never stopped indigenous wild poliovirus transmission. The three remaining polio-endemic countries are Afghanistan, […]

Australians to tax parents whose children not immunized

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Australia’s six-stage immunization programme covers 9 out of 10 children, the Sydney Morning Heraldreports, but the highest prevalence of whooping cough in 20 years is in part driving a campaign to increase the number of immunized children. The government will expand its programme to encourage families to get their children covered. An […]

Geneva schools asked to alert parents as measles outbreak spreads


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Parents of children in canton Geneva schools will be asked to ensure their children are fully vaccinated against measles, with 80 cases now reported since January. Several of those who have become ill were hospitalized, says cantonal public health doctor C-A Wyler Lazarevic, who has sent a letter to schools through […]

Swiss health insurance to drop eyeglasses coverage in 2011 (update)

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Opticians in Switzerland are unusually busy this week, reports 24 Heures, but it’s not thanks to Christmas shoppers: this is the last chance to get reimbursed CHF180 towards your new eyeglasses or contact lenses by your health insurance company. Starting 1 Janaury 2011, a series of health care cost-cutting measures for […]

Measles vaccinations targeted by Switzerland

WHO’s first-ever simultaneous Immunization Week underway Switzerland, recommendations for measles vaccination: part of the MMR (MOR in French) vaccine against measles, mumps, rubella, with the first dose at age 12 months, second dose at 15-24 months, moved up to 12-15 months for children in daycare centres Bern / Geneva, Switzerland – Switzerland’s focus for world […]

WHO calls A/H1N1 flu “unstoppable”, issues guidelines for vaccinating

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The swine flu (A/H1N1) is now unstoppable, and although so far the “severity is moderate” countries must now take measures to vaccinate their populations, the World Health Organization (WHO) noted after a high-level meeting Monday 13 July in Geneva. Its group of experts says there is not enough vaccine to cover […]

Cantons, Switzerland to push for better measles vaccination coverage

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – This is world vaccination week, and Switzerland, with its low 87 percent coverage rate, is taking it seriously. Federal authorities say they are working more closely with the cantons to ensure that Switzerland raises its vaccination rate to a more acceptable 95 percent of the population. The federal health ministry notes […]

EPFL vaccinates some 1,800 against measles in 3-day campaign


Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – EPFL in Lausanne is still tallying the final figures, but it appears that nearly 1,800 people were vaccinated against measle in a three-day campaign after the highly infectious disease broke out on the campus in mid-March. Up to 800 people received a first shot and slightly more received their second dose […]