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PAKISTAN. Peshawar. December 21, 2016. A soldier guards a polio vaccination team administering polio vaccination to children during a three-day countrywide vaccination campaign. Though new polio cases dropped to a nine-year low in 2016, attacks by Islamist militants against health workers and police guarding them remained a challenge for a UN-funded vaccination campaign.

Photograph: Arshad Arbab/EPA

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Photos of the day - February 20, 2017

An injured woman holds an injured child at a hospital, after alleged airstrikes by forces loyal to the Syrian government hit areas inhabited by civilians in Barzeh, near Damascus, Syria; Demonstrators hold a placard during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump in London; Children react during a house-to-house vaccination campaign in Sanaa, Yemen; A man holds a candle as he commemorate the third anniversary of the Ukrainian pro-European Union (EU) mass protests in 2014, in central Kiev, Ukraine; and, A chimp takes advantage of the exceptionally mild day to relax and sunbathe in its enclosure at ZSL Whipsnade zoo in Dunstable, England.

These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 20, 2017.

(Photos: Sarieh Abu Zaid/EPA, Toby Melville/Reuters, Khaled Abdullah/Reuters, Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters, Tony Margiocchi / Barcroft Images via Getty Images)

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An Afghan health worker administers the polio vaccine to a child during a vaccination campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad on December 13, 2016. Polio, once a worldwide scourge, is endemic in just three countries now - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

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The Plan: Support a massive Yellow Fever vaccination campaign of 10.5 million people over the next ten days.

We’re mobilizing 100 teams of 16 people each in three health zones of Kinshasa, DRC’s capital city. Our teams will vaccinate 760,000 people, or roughly 10 percent of the target number in the city.

Yellow fever cannot be cured and the only treatment is limited to alleviating symptoms. 

It kills from 15 to 50 percent of those who develop the severe form of the disease. Vaccination is the best prevention against the disease.

A vaccination campaign on this scale comes with numerous logistical challenges, such as managing the movements of 65 vehicles in densely populated neighborhoods and ensuring that the cold chain remains effective in keeping the vaccines at the proper temperature. Every day, the teams will need 4,000 ice packs and coolers in different locations.

Your comprehensive guide: Why are vaccines and Autism connected? The original "Research"


Your comprehensive guide: Why are vaccines and Autism connected? The original “Research”

Described as “the most damaging medical hoax of the last 100 years”, the 1998 research piece linking vaccines to autism drove vaccination rates in the UK to 79.9%, its lowest since its introduction, and in turn orchestrated widespread epidemics across the globe.

The Fib

In February 1998, Andrew Wakefield planted a seed into the minds of the British public. That seed was the publication of a paper in the medical journal the lancet, claiming a correlation between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and the development of autism. Before 1998 this claim did not exist and after its complete retraction in 2010, you’d hope it’s gone from our future, too.

Yet we still can’t seem to shake it.

This is emphasised by statements like these, spread by the prominent anti-vaccine campaigner Jenny Mccarthy: ”You ask any mother in the autism community if we’ll take the flu, the measles, over autism any day of the week. I think they need to wake up and stop hurting our kids”.

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Maybe it was last January’s big measles outbreak at Disneyland that scared more California parents into getting their kids vaccinated. Or maybe health campaigns have become more persuasive. Or maybe schools getting stricter about requiring shots for entry made a difference.

Whatever the reasons, childhood vaccination rates last fall went up in 49 of 58 counties in California, according to data released Tuesday by state health officials.

Childhood Vaccination Rates Climb In California

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Caption: Julie Brand holds her 1-month-old daughter as she receives a hepatitis B vaccine at Berkeley Pediatrics in Berkeley, Calif.

MSF is running vaccination campaigns to protect almost 188,000 South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia’s Gambella region against pneumonia and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

A key tool in fighting child mortality in emergencies is the pneumonia vaccine, but it’s priced out of the reach of many humanitarian organizations and developing countries.  Help us #AskPharma to lower the price of the pneumonia vaccine so all children get a fair shot. http://bit.ly/1I4Vt61