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  1. WHO story on World Polio Day 24 Oct: Thanks to the widespread use of safe and effective vaccines, poliomyelitis (polio) is expected to become the second human disease ever to be eradicated (after smallpox). Only 20 cases of wild poliovirus have been detected so far this year in the 3 remaining endemic countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan). World Polio Day, on 24 October, celebrates this progress and the people who make it possible by getting their own children vaccinated and those working to reach every last child until no child’s future is threatened by the crippling impact of this disease. Read more
  2. http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/communicable-diseases/influenza/flu-awareness-campaign/infographic-check-your-facts-about-influenza-and-what-who-says-2018
  3. WHO’s Vaccine Safety Net (VSN) project is calling for volunteers to assist the VSN secretariat in reviewing candidate websites against criteria for good information practices as defined by the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS). Qualifications Qualified candidates will be students, academics or professionals in a related field, such as medicine, immunology, or virology , with native language skills in the language of a candidate website. Languages of particular interest include but are not limited to: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Farsi, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish. Review process Interested candidates will be placed on a roster of reviewers and asked to review a website in the relevant language as the need arises. The reviewing task will be based on a detailed reviewers’ guide and is expected to take approximately 3 hours per website. The reviewer will report his or her findings and recommendations to the VSN secretariat, which will then decide whether to invite the website to become a member of the network or suggest required changes as a prerequisite for joining. Benefits for the reviewer As token of appreciation, each reviewer will receive a letter of appreciation from the VSN coordinator, acknowledging his or her contribution to this WHO project. About VSN Due to the success of immunization worldwide, several vaccine-preventable diseases have been contained and are no longer perceived by many as a threat. However, certain groups have questioned the utility of vaccines in spite of their proven success in controlling diseases. Moreover, a number of websites have been established providing misleading and alarming vaccine-safety information, causing undue fears, particularly among parents. The Vaccine Safety Net (VSN) was established in 2003 by the World Health Organization, following the request from governments, non-governmental organizations and UNICEF to promote balanced and science-based information about vaccine safety. VSN is continually evolving and currently comprises member-websites from 30 countries providing information in 15 different languages. The websites are run by governmental agencies, grassroots organizations, academic institutions, professional organizations, private non-profit entities as well as specific information repositories/platforms. VSN aims to facilitate easy access to reliable, understandable, evidence-based information on the safety of vaccines for internet users, regardless of their geographic location and language and to foster international collaboration among stakeholders to: increase awareness about vaccines, reduce vaccine hesitancy and strengthen confidence in vaccines by seeking to better understand internet users’ needs, behaviours and preferences; provide reliable information tailored to users’ needs; and communicate vaccine safety information through a diversity of digital channels. If you are interested in volunteering your time to this important project, please send your CV and contact details to: gvsi(at)who.int
  4. WHO: This document replaces the 2014 WHO position paper on vaccines against diseases caused by human papillomaviruses (HPV). It focuses primarily on the prevention of cervical cancer, but also considers the broader spectrum of cancers and other diseases preventable by HPV vaccination. The full position paper (PDF)
  5. Between 17 April and 1 May 2016, 155 countries and territories around the world will stop using the trivalent oral polio vaccine (tOPV), which targets all three strains of wild poliovirus, and replace it with bivalent OPV (bOPV), which targets the remaining two wild polio strains, types 1 and 3. See the map and the report
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