WHO & Regionals [to 25 October 2014]

WHO & Regionals [to 25 October 2014]
:: Improved data reveals higher global burden of tuberculosis
22 October 2014 — Recent intensive efforts to improve collection and reporting of data are shedding new light on the epidemic, revealing almost half a million more cases than previously estimated. WHO’s “Global tuberculosis report 2014” shows that 9 million people developed TB in 2013, and 1.5 million died, including 360 000 people who were HIV positive.

:: Global Alert and Response (GAR) – Disease outbreak news
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Turkey 24 October 2014
Chikungunya – France 23 October 2014

:: The Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) 24 October 2014, vol. 89, 43 (pp. 465–492) includes:
– Human papillomavirus vaccines: WHO position paper, October 2014
In an updated position paper published today, WHO revised the number of doses recommended for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines for different age groups:
Vaccination schedule: Following a review of the evidence demonstrating that post-vaccination antibody GMCs were shown to be non-inferior, and recognizing cost-saving and programmatic advantages, WHO has changed its previous recommendation of a 3-dose schedule to a 2-dose schedule, with increased flexibility in the interval between doses which may facilitate vaccine uptake.
WHO reiterates its recommendation that HPV vaccines should be included in national immunization programmes, provided that: prevention of cervical cancer and other HPV-related diseases constitutes a public health priority; vaccine introduction is programmatically feasible; sustainable financing can be secured; and the cost-effectiveness of vaccination strategies in the country or region is considered.

:: EURO – Crown Princess Mary of Denmark underlines importance of universal vaccination in address to Tajik medical students
Today, on World Polio Day, as part of her visit to Tajikistan to draw attention to maternal and child health issues throughout the WHO European Region, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark underlined that access to immunization at every stage of life is the right of every individual.