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SA is not yet polio-free

March 11, 2019
Vaccines  

South Africa is part of a ‘pariah group’ of countries not yet certified polio-free, thanks to weaknesses in our disease surveillance and vaccination programme. The Department of Health is determined to win back its certificate next month, and launched an immunisation coverage survey last week to investigate the nation’s vaccination rate. 

Anti-vaxxers & the return of measles: Is SA immune?

February 18, 2019
News  

Measles outbreaks are devastating countries across the globe, linked to a massive drop in vaccination rates. The World Health Organisation has raised the alarm and ranked ‘vaccine hesitancy’ as one of the top 10 threats to public health everywhere. Is South Africa immune? HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green reports.

BCG vaccine shortage ‘not as grave’

November 12, 2015
Tuberculosis (TB)   Vaccines  

The shortage of the BCG vaccine to protect newborns against TB is “not as grave as has been portrayed in some media quarters”, according to the National Advisory Group on Immunisation (NAGI).