Vaccination

3.2 million children vaccinated

The biggest polio vaccination campaign to be implemented in PNG mobilised more than 9,000 health workers and volunteers.

“As of 31 October 2018, we have immunised 3,112,035 children under 15 years old against polio, and this had been made possible through the hard work and dedication of our polio workers on the ground,” said the Secretary of the National Department of Health (NDOH), Pascoe Kase.

“I commend the leadership of the provincial health agencies and emergency operations coordinators for effectively launching and managing a very challenging response operations.”

Why flu shots fail even when the match is right

A study published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine examines the question: Why did one vaccine offer 35% less protection against the flu?

The less-effective vaccine failed to activate dendritic cells, which are key to the immune system's defense, the researchers discovered, and it failed to stimulate an early immune response.

ENB vaccinates children throughout province

A program called the “special integrated routine expanded program on immunisation” involves the routine vaccines that are being used to inoculate children under the age of one.

More than 30 health clinics and facilities in Kokopo, Gazelle and Rabaul districts have gone into communities to facilitate this program.

The SIREP Plus contains the normal routine vaccines and the inclusion of new vaccines and these include the measles rubella (MR), inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) and the pneumococcal vaccine (PCV 13).