'Major step' toward universal flu vaccine: Studies

Scientists have taken a major step towards creating a vaccine that works against multiple strains of influenza, according to two studies published today in top journals.

New moms don't get physician's advice on infant care

Many new mothers do not receive advice from physicians on aspects of infant care such as sleep position, breastfeeding, immunisation and pacifier use, says a new study.

Religious groups crucial in addressing current global health challenges

 Religious groups could play a vital role in tackling global health challenges, claims a new research.

Govt pursuing Swasth Bharat mission with vigour: JP Nadda

 Swasth Bharat mission, aiming at providing affordable health services to all and immunisation of children under 'Mission Indradhanush' to bring down the mortality rate from 28 to single digit is being pursued with vigour, Union health minister J P Nadda today said.

Virender Sehwag stands for 400,000 babies

To put a spotlight on the cause of routine immunisation UNICEF recently launched the #babiesneedyou campaign, which urges parents and citizens alike to prioritize vaccination. 

58% immunisation rate in rural areas, 67 pc in urban: Govt

The current immunisation rate in rural areas is around 58 per cent while it is over 67 per cent in urban regions of the country, the government Tuesday said and attributed lack of awareness among parents and non- availability of vaccines as the reasons behind the low rate.

Local issues take a toll on immunisation drive in UP district

"Give us rations or a railway crossing otherwise we will not bring our children for immunisation," clamoured residents of some villages in this Uttar Pradesh district as they put local issues above the health of their children to stall an immunisation drive to vaccinate children against seven diseases, including tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B.

Financial support for vaccination in India till 2020: Gavi

India will continue to get financial assistance from Gavi, a global alliance for vaccination and immunisation, only till 2020 because as the country develops it will have to pay for its vaccines.

Hepatitis C free India achievable: Expert

A Hepatitis C-free India is an achievable goal if all stakeholders work together and seize the opportunity offered by availability of new scientific innovations, said Hepatitis Foundation of Tripura president Dr Pradip Bhaumik.

World Immunisation Week: Parents need to be educated about importance of vaccinations, says Dr Raghuram

In what could be seen as a shocking reality, despite various health and awareness programmes, an estimated 21.8 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines like diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and tetanus, says the World Health Organisation (WHO).

FOGSI panel recommends influenza vaccination for pregnant women

An expert panel has recommended immunisation of women against influenza during pregnancy to protect mothers and their babies from serious health complications.

WHO asks India to close immunisation gap

 The WHO today asked countries like India to close the immunisation gap to avert 1.5 million deaths globally due to vaccine-preventable diseases.

Over 1000 children, pregnant women to be vaccinated under 'Mission Indradhanush' in Coimbatore

The health department has identified a little over 1,000 persons--- children and pregnant women--who missed the mandatory vaccination for preventable diseases in Coimbatore district and they would be covered under the Centre's 'Mission Indradhanush' programme, a top official said on Monday.

India to host fifth meeting of SAARC health ministers

 India will host the fifth meeting of SAARC health ministers next week to deliberate on key issues including HIV/AIDS, prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases and to strengthen collaborations amongst the nations.

J.P. Nadda launches media campaign for 'Mission Indradhanush'

 Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Monday launched the multi-media campaign for 'Mission Indradhanush' - the project which aims to cover all children who are either unvaccinated or are partially vaccinated against seven vaccine preventable diseases by 2020.

Govt to launch huge media campaign on immunisation from March 23

The government will launch a major 15-day media campaign next week to educate the masses on immunisation, ahead of implementing its ambitious health programme - 'Mission Indradhanush' in April.

Universal immunisation programme coverage 65% in 2014: Nadda

The coverage of full immunisation programme, which includes vaccines against diseases like polio, diphtheria and tetanus, was about 65 per cent last year, Health Minister J P Nadda said Tuesday.

Pakistan suspends health officials for wasting vaccines worth $3.7 mn

Pakistani authorities have suspended two health officials after $3.7 million worth of vaccines donated by UNICEF to protect children from deadly diseases were wasted, officials said Tuesday.

Swine flu vaccine 'dries up' in Kashmir, doctors at risk

Swine flu vaccine 'dries up' in Kashmir, doctors at risk

Srinagar: Top health officials in Kashmir Valley on Sunday admitted that there was no swine flu vaccine available in any hospital of the region, where four persons have died and at least 109 are being treated for the disease.

Himachal CM launches pulse polio drive

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday launched the second phase of pulse polio immunisation drive in the state by administering polio drops to a child at Jwalamukhi in Kangra district.