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InfectedNZ Week 21-25 November

Monday, 21 November 2016

Following World Antibiotic Awareness week, Te Pūnaha Matatini have launched a week-long conversation about the health, social, economic, and environmental impacts of infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance in Aotearoa New Zealand.

 Welcome to InfectedNZ!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InfectedNZ, an online campaign running from November 21-25, is set to spread the message about the impacts of infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance in Aotearoa New Zealand with a series of data-driven blog posts and social media conversations. Read about:

  • The state of the nation by Siouxsie Wiles
  • Infectious diseases in New Zealand by Associate Professor Lance Jennings
  • Infertility: what's it all about by Dr Anita Muthukaruppan and Professor Andrew Shelling
  • HIV prevention in NZ: on a knife edge by Dr Peter Saxon
  • Living with MRSA by Tiff Mora
  • Antibiotic resistance is looming but we can protect the children by Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw
  • The two faces of infectious disease threats by Professor Michael Baker
  • Health Home Project by Nick Pattison
  • 'Gross us out Miss': talking about chlamydia and other STIs with young people by Dr Karen Hoare
  • If only there had been a vaccine by Dr Helen Petousis-Harris
  • Dolphins and infectious diseases: a story of toxoplasmosis by Dr Wendi Roe
  • Antimicrobial use in animals: where do we stand? by Callum Irvine
  • Antibiotics – invented by fungi, harnessed by humans by Peter Buchanan

Te Pūnaha Matatini – ‘the meeting place of many faces’ – is a Centre of Research Excellence hosted by The University of Auckland that will develop methods and approaches for transforming complex data about New Zealand’s environment, economy, and society into knowledge, tools, and insight for making better decisions.

 

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WHO releases 2015 global routine vaccination coverage report

Friday, 18 November 2016

In 2015, estimated global coverage for receipt of BCG, DTP (x3), polio (x3), and measles (x1) vaccinations by age 12 months was 84–86%.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all children have access to four vaccines, BCG, DTP, polio, and measles. The Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) was established by the WHO in 1974 to support routine access for children to these four vaccines, particularly in low income countries.

Using receipt of a third DTP (diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis) vaccination by age 12 months as a measure of coverage for the four routinely recommended vaccines, global coverage levels have improved from below 5% in 1974, before the EPI, to a steady 84–86% since 2010.

The full World Health Organization report is available using this link:

 Weekly Epidemiological Record, 18 November 2016, vol. 91, 46 (pp. 537–548)

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Region of the Americas is declared free of measles

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Region of the Americas is the first in the world to have eliminated measles. This achievement culminates a 22-year effort involving mass vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella throughout the Americas.

Measles is the fifth vaccine-preventable disease to be eliminated from the Americas, after the regional eradication of smallpox in 1971, poliomyelitis in 1994, and rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in 2015. 

“This is a historic day for our region and indeed the world,” said PAHO/WHO Director Carissa F. Etienne. “It is proof of the remarkable success that can be achieved when countries work together in solidarity towards a common goal. It is the result of a commitment made more than two decades ago, in 1994, when the countries of the Americas pledged to end measles circulation by the turn of the 21st century.” Before mass vaccination was initiated in 1980, measles caused nearly 2.6 million annual deaths worldwide. In the Americas, 101,800 deaths were attributable to measles between 1971 and 1979. A cost-effectiveness study on measles elimination in Latin America and the Caribbean has estimated that with vaccination, 3.2 million measles cases will have been prevented in the Region and 16,000 deaths between 2000 and 2020.

To maintain measles elimination, PAHO/WHO and the International Expert Committee have recommended that all countries of the Americas strengthen active surveillance and maintain their populations’ immunity through vaccination.

 Click here to read the full media release on the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization website.

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3D story on Gardasil®

Monday, 9 November 2015

What is sadly lacking in this TV3 programme is any genuine acknowledgement of the significant amount of scientific thought and research undertaken internationally.

A significant amount of scientific thought and research addressing concerns about postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and/or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) has been undertaken internationally, which has demonstrated a lack of evidence that would associate these two syndromes or death with the vaccine.

  • The science that was omitted in the story was that the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) carefully studied the published data from the clinical trials, adverse event reports made by the public and patient groups, from health professionals and information from the European Member States.
  • Following review of safety data from up to 63 million girls and women from around the world and clinical trial data from around a million actively studied women (comparing vaccinated with unvaccinated in carefully designed studies), their conclusion was no association between these syndromes and the use of Gardasil.  HPV vaccines: EMA confirms evidence does not support that they cause CRPS or POTS

The 3D story claimed that there was no review of Sarah Curran's death, and so how could Gardasil be eliminated as a probable cause?

  • The Ministry informed the 3D programme that the sudden death of a young woman in December 2013 was investigated by both the Coroner and Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM). This case was also presented to the Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee (MARC) in March 2014.
  • CARM informed the Ministry that a causality assessment was not possible due to insufficient information. MARC noted the case and did not consider that further action was required at that time. In January 2015, the coroner found that the cause of death was unascertained. No recommendations can be made regarding these reports.
  • IMAC believes that the representation that "…the promised review never occurred" is not an accurate interpretation of the reviews and investigations to date.

IMAC has prepared the following responses to TV3's 3D story on Gardasil, please click on the links to read:

 IMAC’s first response to the 3D programme

 IMAC’s second response to the 3D programme

 IMAC fact sheet on Gardasil safety

You will need Adobe Reader to view these files. Click the Adobe Reader image to visit the Adobe website and download the free PDF file viewer software  .

Click on the links below to read other responses to the programme:

 Adam Smith’s opinion piece in the Herald 
Mr Smith is a lecturer in statistics at Massey University.

 Ministry of Health article on HPV vaccine safety

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Anti-Gardasil letter sent to schools

Monday, 15 February 2016

The anti-Gardasil vaccination group Gardasil Awareness New Zealand recently distributed a letter to schools.

The letter includes links to additional web material. If you are in contact with any school that has received the letter please advise them NOT TO SEND the letter onto families. 

The following two resources may assist you respond to questions that arise from the content of the letter. Click on the relevant link below to view the:

 Immunisation Advisory Centre Position Statement on the Gardasil Awareness New Zealand Letter to Schools

 Ministry of Health letter to school Principals and Boards of Trustees

You will need Adobe Reader to view the files. Click the Adobe Reader image to visit the Adobe website and download the free PDF file viewer software  .

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Whooping cough outbreak Hawea/Wanaka

Monday, 10 August 2015

Hawea/Wanaka area is experiencing an outbreak of whooping cough/pertussis with 14 confirmed and two probable cases identified between 27 July and 6 August.

The local public health unit is responding to this outbreak and has provided information on immunisation and public health measures to local schools, midwives, general practitioners and practice nurses in the region.

Providing a timely, free whooping cough booster immunisation to pregnant women between 28-38 weeks of pregnancy and providing on-time immunisation to infants at 6 weeks 3 months, and 5 months of age are the best ways to protect our most vulnerable children from the disease.

For more information read our fact sheets:

 Recommended and funded vaccines during pregnancy, and

 Pertussis (Whooping cough).

 

 

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Gardasil 9 protects against five extra HPV types

Friday, 20 February 2015

Gardasil 9 is a new vaccine that protects against nine human papillomavirus (HPV) types, the same four types in Gardasil plus five additional types with cancer causing potential.

Protection against HPV types 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58 in Gardasil 9 can prevent 20 percent more cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancers than the Gardasil vaccine. Both Gardasil 9 and Gardasil protect against the potential cancer causing HPV types 16 and 18 and against genital warts caused by HPV types 6 and 11. Oral and anal cancers in men and women as well as cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancers in women have been linked to infection with HPV types 16 and 18.

Gardasil 9 is currently only approved for use in the U.S.

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Facebook claims nothing new

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The latest anti-immunisation Facebook claims about Gardasil being a huge scam are just a rehash of an old 2009 story published as 'news' by a British tabloid.

The story claimed that one of the investigators involved in the clinical trials for Gardasil (Dr Diane Harper) had spoken out against the human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil. Harper denied the claims made by the Daily Express, asserting that her criticism was about marketing of the vaccine in the United States not the safety of the vaccine. Not surprisingly, their truthfullness challenged, the tabloid removed the story from their website. Harper went on to complain to the Press Council.

Read the IMAC position statement on Lead Developer of HPV Vaccines Comes Clean, Warns Parents and Young Girls It's all A giant Deadly Scam.

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