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Childhood vaccination: Neglected tool to counter measles outbreaks?

Over 22,000 people were infected with measles across the EU in 2014 and 2015, including one measles-related death. The only effective preventive measure against measles remains vaccination. The recen[...]

Gene therapy prevents Parkinson's disease in animal model, says Pitt study

Gene therapy to reduce production of a brain protein successfully prevented development of Parkinson's disease in an animal study, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of M[...]

Diphtheria detected in Spain

WHO has been informed of a confirmed case of diphtheria in Spain, detected on 30 May 2015. A young child who had not been immunized against the disease is very ill and is currently being treated with[...]

Events - Rheumatology & Aging Conference 2015 - 8-11 September 2015, Cambridge, UK

This conference will focus on the cells that control the immune system, their function in health, disease and aging, and the role of inflammation on musculoskeletal diseases of aging. At the end of t[...]

WHA adopts resolutions on AMR and immunization

On 25 May 2015, the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) - the supreme decision-making body of WHO which convenes annually in Geneva - agreed resolutions to tackle antimicrobial resistance and improve ac[...]

Regulatory information – Update of EMA recommendations for 2015/2016 seasonal flu vaccine composition

Update completes previous recommendations issued in March 2015[...]

Joint procurement of medical countermeasures and Seasonal flu vaccination to be discussed in Luxembourg on 29 and 30 April

Joint procurement of medical countermeasures and Seasonal flu vaccination to be discussed in Luxembourg on 29 and 30 April - Directorate General for Health and Food Safety[...]

European Immunization Week: 20-25 April 2015

2015 marks the 10th annual European Immunization Week (EIW). This year, EIW focuses on the need for renewed commitment to immunization at political, professional and personal levels.[...]

Regulatory information - EU recommendations for 2015/2016 seasonal flu vaccine composition

EMA annual recommendations are based on WHO observations[...]

Research Headlines - A big booster for vaccine development

An EU-funded project has accelerated the development of vaccines for diseases such as Lyme disease, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue, influenza, mumps, whooping cough, pneumonia, HIV, and two types of c[...]

Success Stories - Turning the tide in the war against AIDS

The AIDS pandemic has claimed the lives of nearly 40 million people. Another 35 million are living with HIV. Scientists around the world however are getting closer to creating a vaccine that could pr[...]


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