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International Experts to Review Vaccination Progress and Challenges in the Americas

2012-10-17 12:40:28

The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) on Vaccine-preventable Diseases will meet from October 17 to 19 in Washington, D.C., to study the current situation and decide on recommendations...

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(July) The Dominican Republic Introduces Rotavirus Vaccine into National Immunization Schedule

2012-08-03 05:00:00

On 4 July 2012, the Dominican Republic introduced the rotavirus vaccine into its national immunization schedule in order to prevent diarrhea in children and avoid mortality. The introduction of the vaccine was announced at the official launch in the Santo Socorro hospital. The first doses were administered by the Minister of Health, Dr Bautista Rojas Gomez and the Regional Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Mirta Roses to two children aged two months (photo).

According to Dr Rojas Gomez, the new vaccine will prevent the diarrheal infec-tion that affects virtually all children in the first five years of life. The Minister explained that the administration of this oral vaccine in all vaccination posts in the country will also reduce paediatric visits and congestion in hospitals. Dr Ro-jas Gomez also stated that with the addition of the Dominican Republic, more and more countries in Latin America include this vaccine in their immunization programmes, which he assured is a great achievement. 


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Winners of Journalism Award Highlight Benefits of Pneumococcal and Rotavirus Vaccines

2012-06-20 10:55:08

Three journalists who reported on the introduction of new vaccines against rotavirus and pneumococcus are the winners of the Seventh Latin American Prize for Health Journalism, Red-Salud 2011, sponsored by the Pan American Health...

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Recognizing the Best Articles on New Vaccines

2011-12-27 14:08:10

Red-Salud and PAHO/WHO call for journalists from newspapers, magazines and electronic media in Latin America and the Caribbean to submit articles to raise awareness about the importance of new vaccines, such as the way in which countries introduce the immunization against Rotavirus and Pneumococcus, and how they do surveillance and evaluate its impact.

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