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# Vaccinations

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HSE set to face difficult task in reaching flu vaccination targets for healthcare staff
Rates of healthcare worker vaccine uptake, particularly in nursing homes, remain low.
HSE issues mumps warning as 132 cases reported last week - the highest weekly number in over a decade
Symptoms of mumps include fever, headache and painful swollen salivary glands.
Mumps and measles on the rise in Ireland as people share discredited research online
Dr Kevin Kelleher of the HSE said Andrew Wakefield’s research linking vaccines to autism has been “utterly discredited”.
Dublin universities send warnings to students over mumps outbreak in the capital
In September, Health Protection Surveillance Centre was notified of 69 cases of mumps.
Harris says social media companies should ban accounts that spread misinformation about vaccines
Facebook says certain hashtags are banned and ads rejected in a bid to stop misinformation from gaining traction.
Harris asks social media companies and sporting organisations to help raise vaccine awareness
The health minister sent letters to companies like Facebook and Google in recent weeks.
Poll: Do you support mandatory vaccination?
Eleven European countries have mandatory vaccinations for a range of bacterial and viral infections.
New York ends religious exemption to vaccine requirements for school children
Meanwhile, Jessica Biel has said she does not support a bill in California that would limit medical exemptions.
Virus which is the most common causes of gastroenteritis in children drops by 72% since vaccine rollout
Rotavirus disease is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in children.
Simon Harris has asked the Attorney General to look at mandatory vaccinations
Earlier this week, it was announced that Ireland had experienced a 204% increase in cases of measles.
The Explainer: Why has Ireland had a 208% increase in measles cases?
In the next episode of our weekly podcast, we look at why cases of the illness are increasing in Ireland and other countries, despite a vaccination which prevents it.
'She loved the excitement of life': Funeral of vaccine campaigner Laura Brennan taking place in Clare
Laura Brennan will be laid to rest following the service in Ennis Cathedral this afternoon.
'An incredible young woman': Tributes paid to HPV vaccine campaigner Laura Brennan
Brennan was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 24.
Meningitis: HSE expert says rate of uptake of vaccine boosters is 'very disappointing'
The HSE yesterday issued an initial warning after the deaths of three people.
'It's not a coincidence': HSE expert links latest mumps outbreak to discredited study of MMR vaccine
The HSE is still trying to determine how many people have been affected by the outbreak.
Third vaccine dose may be needed to stop people getting mumps in their 30s
There have been a number of mumps outbreaks among adults in the US recently, including on college campuses.
Popularity on Facebook could be key to targeted flu vaccinations - study
A new study has concluded that people who are central in their digital networks are also central in their real-life human networks.
Flu vaccine can protect children who receive it, as well as younger siblings - research
The HSE is urging all those at risk to get vaccinated.
Parents urged to vaccinate children after HSE notified of potential measles case in Cork
Two cases of measles were confirmed in Dublin last Friday.
People urged to get vaccinated as two measles cases confirmed in Dublin
An alert has been issued to all emergency departments and GPs in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.
Poll: Should parents be jailed for refusing to vaccinate their child?
A mother in the US has been jailed for a week.
Vaccine compensation scheme being considered by government
Health Minister Simon Harris said his department is examining how to roll out a vaccination compensation programme.
Poll: Would you prevent your child from being vaccinated?
Childhood vaccinations are an important health measure, but not all parents are in favour.
Small decline in MMR vaccinations could have a serious effect
A 5% drop in measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations caused a threefold increase in annual measles cases, a new study found.
15 infants die in South Sudan after children as young as 12 years old administer measles vaccine
The children died of “severe sepsis/toxicity”, the UN said.
Poll: Should parents who don't get vaccinations for their children have child benefit cut in half?
Less than half of eligible girls began the series of HPV jabs last September, far lower than the target of 80%.
Daly tells Dáil that HSE blocked 14-year-old narcolepsy sufferer from accessing documents
Daly called it “one of the biggest public health scandals in recent years”.
'Hearsay on social media' being blamed for falling vaccine rates
A Trinity professor says such fear mongering presents a risk to the wider public.
The number of people with the flu doubled during December
There were 46.7 cases per 100,000 people in Ireland suffering last month.
Babies born since October to get vaccinations against two more illnesses
Health Minister Simon Harris today said families could avail of the vaccinations from 1 December.
Matt Dawson shares images of two-year-old son battling meningitis to raise awareness
The former rugby player spoke out after a young British girl died from the condition.
Polio 'adding to Syria's humanitarian disaster' say aid agencies
A major vaccination campaign is underway, but UNICEF and WHO say aid workers need better and safer access to children in danger.
Cash incentives make drug users more likely to get vaccinated against hepatitis
The money is paid in supermarket vouchers.
These are the outbreaks of measles in Ireland since 2008
In total, the Council for Foreign Relations has tracked 432 cases since 2008.
Babies should be vaccinated against stomach bug say experts
New plans from the National Immunisation Advisory Council include protecting against whooping cough and HPV.
Top readers' comments of the week
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That cold sore might be causing you memory loss
The study showed that people who had higher levels of infection were more likely to score poorly on a test.
HSE urges high-risk patients to get flu vaccination
The HSE says flu is now ciruclating, and over 65s, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses should act quickly.
Cabinet set to agree wording on children's rights referendum
Ministers are likely to sign off on the final wording for the ballot to be put to the public at this morning’s meeting.
Children's minister plays down referendum 'forced vaccination' fears
Frances Fitzgerald says a constitutional reference to children’s rights would not result in forced vaccinations or adoptions.