Dr Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoen, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said his office has predicted that the country will be hit hard by flu this year. For the first four months of the year, there have been 152,185 influenza cases – 10 of whom have died, Suwanchai said. During the height of the drought season in January and February, 46,648 people were affected and four died. He added that as many as 200,000 flu patients are expected this year, up from last year’s 185,829 flu patients and 32 deaths. Every year, the department provides influenza vaccines to two groups: those in the medical profession whose work exposes them to the virus; members of a “risky” sub-group that includes small children, pregnant women, elderly persons, obese people and those with chronic ailments. The budget for the first group is provided by the department, while the second group is covered by the National Heath Security Office (NHSO). This year, the … [Read more...] about Authorities propose free flu vaccines for students in 2020
By Bruce Arthur Sports Columnist Fri., May 3, 2019 PHILADELPHIA—The moment Kawhi Leonard must have felt so terribly alone was easy to spot. He had just spent the third quarter taking matters into his own enveloping hands, and good god what a show. Fourteen points in a little over eight minutes, no misses. The Toronto Raptors were down just seven to start the fourth quarter. They had played like crap — their coach used a more equine epithet — and it wasn’t over. And with their second-, third- and fourth-best players on the floor — Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol — the Raptors got crushed. An 11-0 Philadelphia run, an 18-point lead, and the road to Joel Embiid’s windmill dunk was paved. All season the Raptors played well without Leonard, as he was rigorously rested for exactly this moment. And without him against the 76ers, they have failed in spectacular fashion. “It’s not that much fun to watch a team … [Read more...] about Same old Raptors or something more? We’ll find out in Game 4
When Cely, a 52-year old laundry-washer, started coughing a lot, she thought it was just a passing sickness. Maybe it was caused by stress or the environment, she thought. It took months before she finally consulted a doctor, who prescribed her a week-long round of antibiotics. She felt some improvement and decided that she no longer needed any follow-ups. More challenges in health and wellness: You haven’t had measles your whole life. Should you be worried? The worst thing the new and stronger influenza strain can do to you How my nervous breakdown put an end to a cycle of abuse The myth of the tortured artist But the cough persisted. Eventually, she went to another doctor, who ordered an X-ray. The doctor told her that she has weak lungs, and prescribed her with medications. But she only took them for only a few days because it made her urine turn red. It would take more months before she would see yet another doctor—and this time, it was in the emergency room. For the … [Read more...] about How do we put an end to TB?
DOH not lifting measles outbreak declaration Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) - April 30, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) will not lift the measles outbreak declared in four regions in the country last February, an official said yesterday. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the measles cases in the National Capital Region, Central Luzon and Central and Western Visayas are under control. “We are seeing fewer measles cases. But I would not say that the outbreaks are over. You can probably do that at the local level but not at the regional or national level,” Duque told reporters during a vaccination program at the Baseco compound in Tondo, Manila. Duque said they would lift the measles outbreak once the DOH reaches its target of 95 percent immunization rate for all vaccine-preventable diseases. Barangay health workers vaccinated infants and children against … [Read more...] about DOH not lifting measles outbreak declaration
World Immunisation Week, which falls on the last week of April every year, promotes the use of vaccines for all ages against various diseases, and the theme this year is Protected Together: Vaccines Work! The campaign celebrates vaccine heroes around the world, from parents, community members, health workers, innovators and those who work hard to ensure that we are all protected through the power of vaccines. Immunisation saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognised as one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet, there are many who still believe that natural immunity provides better protection for ourselves. There are still nearly 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world today, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Some deadly diseases are also re-emerging, even though scientists had largely eliminated them with vaccines for decades. Recent outbreaks of the oldest vaccine-preventable diseases such as … [Read more...] about Does natural immunity from infection protect better than vaccination?