Tag Archives: vaccination

Losing trust – why immunisation programmes fail

What do South Wales, North Nigeria and Northwest Pakistan have in common? They all have outbreaks of serious viral infections which could easily have been prevented by vaccines which are known to be effective. So why are children not being immunised? There are many reasons […]


World TB Day

One hundred and thirty one years ago today, Robert Koch announced the discovery of the bacillus that causes tuberculosis. As a result, for the last thirty one years, 24 March has been observed as World TB Day, highlighting that nearly a century and a half […]


HPV vaccine – mothers influence daughters choices but deep questions remain

A mother’s attitude towards cervical cancer screening influences decisions to vaccinate daughters against the cancer claims this – not entirely surprising – headline in a BBC news report on Monday, which is based on new research in the European Journal of Cancer. The research found […]

Paying less for vaccines – marketing strategy or an answer to prayer?

The giant pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced it will be making its Rotarix rotavirus vaccine available at a discount to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI). Rotarix is vital in protecting against diarrhoeal diseases that kill more than half a million children […]