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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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