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first_imgA drop in childhood vaccinations in the North-West has led to an increase in the risk of measles and meningitis outbreaks rises.The HSE has warned that the uptake of routine childhood vaccinations has dropped at the start of 2019 with only 85% of two-year-olds in Donegal receiving the MMR vaccine.The uptake of 2 doses of the meningitis C vaccine was 76% for Donegal and 85% for Sligo/Leitrim. Full protection with 3 doses of the pneumococcal vaccine (PCV) was also low at 75% for Donegal and 85% for Sligo/Leitrim.The pneumococcal vaccine protects against a number of serious diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia.Although the majority of people in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim are still protecting their children with vaccination, 95% of people need to have the MMR vaccine to prevent the spread of measles.The current vaccination levels in the North West will not stop outbreaks of disease, warned the HSE. So far in 2019, there have been have had 12 cases of measles, 7 cases of whooping cough and 169 cases of mumps in the North West.Dr Laura Heavey, Specialist Registrar in Public Health Medicine in HSE North West said it is vital that parents take children to be vaccinated.She said “Every parent wants to protect their child and do what’s right for them. Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do, now that there is so much false and misleading information on the internet and social media when it comes to vaccination.‘I would really encourage parents to look for information in the right places. Two good sources of reliable, evidence-based information are www.immunisation.ie and the Vaccine Knowledge Project at http://vk.ovg.ox.ac.uk/.“All of the vaccines on the infant, child and adolescent schedule in Ireland are backed up with years of data on their safety.’ A HSE spokesperson said that when vaccination rates fall, they immediately see in an increase in cases of diseases like measles, whooping cough, pneumonia and meningitis.The spokesperson warned “These diseases can result in serious illness and even death. Even those who survive can have long term impacts on their health.“Infection with the measles virus wipes out the special white blood cells, called T lymphocytes, that play a vital role in immunity to disease.“This means that children who get infected with measles will go on to get more illnesses for up to 3 years after their measles infection resolves, as their immune system struggles to recover from the virus.” Dr Heavey added that getting a disease ‘naturally’ is actually more risky for a child’s immune system.‘A vaccine contains bacteria or viruses that are weakened or killed. Vaccines don’t activate the immune system in the same way that getting infected with a live bacteria or virus would.“It’s much, much safer to get the MMR vaccine, for example, than risk your child getting sick with the live measles virus. A live virus or bacteria is much more stressful and difficult for the immune system to deal with’.The HSE spokesperson added “Vaccines save up to 3 million lives every year. New developments mean that vaccines could eliminate certain cancers caused by the HPV virus too. Rising vaccine hesitancy is a serious threat to this progress. False information about vaccines on the internet is one of the causes.“It’s never too late to catch up on your child’s vaccinations. If you are behind the schedule, contact your GP to discuss catching up.”Concerns as drop in vaccinations in North-West leads to risk of outbreaks was last modified: September 23rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDENVER–It isn’t easy to beat the Giants these days, and it’s become even more difficult for an opponent to score off of Madison Bumgarner.The Rockies accomplished both of those feats Monday, even if the Giants allowed all five runs in their 5-2 loss after Bumgarner came off the mound.The Giants have won 11 of their last 15 games, but all four of their losses have come in games in which they’ve allowed at least three runs after the sixth inning.After snapping off a career-best 22 straight …last_img read more

first_imgHumanists hope to have a new international holiday by 2009: Darwin Day.  (Feb. 12 was Darwin’s birthday as well as Abe Lincoln’s, so it’s already set aside as a holiday in America, but promoters want this to be an international event.)  According to Robert Evans’ story in Reuters, the British Humanist Association believes such a commemoration “would send out a signal that science matters in an era when pseudo-science and fear of science seem to be gaining ground.”  For their part, the humanists have their own fear: creationism.  “It is very, very scary,” said a leader of the Darwin Day movement in America.  “Creationism is spreading further and further.”    As evidence for anti-Darwinist sentiments, they point to British Prime Minister’s recent tolerance for a creationist college, advances in creationist and intelligent design movements in the United States under Bush’s administration, and polls that show 45% of Americans believe a personal God created all life within 10,000 years.  They are also alarmed at the rise of Islamic and Hindu opposition to Darwinism.    The invasion is getting too close for comfort.  Evans claims that “In a church a stone’s throw from the Darwin Research Station on Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands — where the biologist gathered much of his evidence for evolution — fiery evangelical sermons on hellfire awaiting unbelievers are on the daily menu.”  In seeming counterattack, Peter Backus at Space.Com has honored the alternative deity (see 02/12/2004 commentary) with the ultimate honor, naming everything that is, ever was, and ever shall be, “Darwin’s Universe.”Darwin Day–what a great idea.  It would be a perfect occasion to teach people important concepts.  Let’s start now thinking up activities that could become favorite family traditions.  Darwinians could wear Selfish Jeans, light Cambrian explosions, have asteroid fights and go extinct.  Here is a proposed list of Top 10 Darwin Day Activities:Have battles with slime and play King of the Hill.Blindfold monkeys and watch them type Shakespeare.Have a Darwin beard contest with lady judges to test sexual selection.Decorate lizards with feathers and drop them from trees.Vote on community Darwin Awards.Sponsor a Just-So Storytelling Contest.Hold a Planet of the Apes and Survivor movie festival.Play “glue the peppered moth on the tree.”Sing Evolution Songs around a campfire fueled with creationist books.Test survival of the fittest: debate a creationist.Send in your suggestions: write here.  One reader has sent in this prize-winner: “a scavenger hunt.  Item #1: a true, transitional fossil.  WARNING!  Photos of the participants of this activity may end up on the back of a milk carton.”(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgThe cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’ over east-central Bay of Bengal may skip Odisha coast, but the State government has taken no chance and kept its coastal districts in readiness for the storm which is likely bring heavy rainfall.Three districts, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore and Puri, announced closure of schools on Friday and schools would remain close in nine districts on Saturday.“We have sent two units of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force each to nine districts and units of National Disaster Response Force have moved to six coastal districts,” said P. K. Jena, Special Relief Commissioner on Thursday.“The cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’ over the east-central Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards with a speed of 21 kmph during past six hours and lay centred about 560 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 680 km south-southeast of Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and 740 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh),” says IMD bulletin.‘Maha’ spares GujaratIn a major relief to the people of Gujarat, cyclone ‘Maha’ fizzled out into the Arabian sea as a ‘depression’ without making a landfall, the IMD said on Thursday, adding that the cyclone is likely to weaken into a well-marked low pressure area off the south Gujarat coast during next 12 hours,” it said.last_img read more