Childhood Diseases

Vaccinations

Vaccination is one of the most important strategies available to help prevent infectious diseases such as measles, flu, mumps and pneumococcal infections such as meningitis. Learn more about vaccines for babies and immunisation programs here.

Foreign virus targets unvaccinated kids

If unvaccinated people travel abroad, they may bring diseases like measles back and infect children who are unprotected because their parents chose not to vaccinate them.

MMR vaccine cleared again

Yet another study has found no evidence of a link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism.

Two new vaccines for SA kids

Two new vaccines for children are to be introduced by the health department, national health minister Manto Tshabalala Msimang said on Tuesday.

New combo vaccine for kids

A new combination vaccine to protect children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio was effective and well-tolerated in children ages 4 to 6 in a clinical trial.

Vaccine mercury no threat

Mercury from vaccines seems to disappear rapidly from the blood, returning to pre-vaccination levels in one month, researchers say.

Vaccine fears unfounded

A mercury-based vaccine preservative does not appear to affect language or other similar brain functions in children, US researchers say.

Vit. A may boost vaccines

Giving vitamin A supplements to young children may boost their immune system response to tetanus and other types of vaccines, US researchers say.

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