Tuesday June 18, 2019

Vaccination for kids can be available at home at the click of a button

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Kolkata: Aiming to ease the process of immunisation for busy parents, a new healthcare startup here on Thursday launched a hassle-free door-to-door vaccination service for children.

Indivac, a professional at-home vaccination service, has started providing services in Kolkata and will soon branch out to Hyderabad and other Indian states.

Onboard are a team of two paediatricians and eight trained paramedics who will take care of all aspects of the immunisation process, including any troubleshooting, said Indivac founder and CEO Amit Agarwal.

“We have seen that it becomes a concern for parents to take time out from their busy schedule to go to the physician and get their kids vaccinated. In addition, there are worries about hygiene as well. To counter all that, we are bringing trained professionals to their doorsteps at the click of a button,” said Agarwal.

In order to access, users will need to register for vaccinations via a toll-free number as well or the startup’s website.

“After logging in, they need to upload their physician’s prescriptions and vaccination card. Once our team verifies their authenticity, parents can order an injection as per their convenience. They can also track the movements of the designated paramedic,” said co-founder Alkesh Agarwal.

The web-based service will soon be integrated with a mobile app scheduled to be inaugurated in a month.

Each vaccination drive costs Rs.99 while customers get a discount of 15 percent on the vaccines procured from leading manufacturers.

Apart from the benefit of maintaining a database of medical history online, users will also get alerts for the next vaccination dose.

“The company will ensure data is protected and will also dispose of the biomedical waste in a regulated manner. We are storing the vaccines in proper portable cold chain boxes.

“Invoice is provided via mail and handed over physically to ensure transparency,” said Alkesh, adding that the number of consultant doctors and trained paramedics will also grow as they fan out.

The company, with a corpus of Rs.1 crore, is also delivering adult vaccines as well as pregnancy/IVF injections according to prescriptions, the founders said.

(IANS)

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Vaccine Doubts Spread Across Social Media Like Disease, Should be Taken Down: Vaccine Chief

"We have to think about it as a disease. This is a disease," Berkley said. "This spreads at the speed of light, literally"

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FILE - A vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella virus (MMR) vaccine is pictured at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle, Washington, U.S. VOA

Doubts about vaccines have spread across social media like a disease and false information that “kills people” should be taken down by the companies running digital platforms, the head of global vaccine alliance Gavi said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a U.S.-sponsored event on the sidelines of the World Health Organization’s annual assembly in Geneva, Gavi CEO Seth Berkley said there was a strong scientific consensus about the safety of vaccines.

But social media algorithms favored sensational content over scientific facts, rapidly convincing people who had never seen family members die from preventable illness.

“We have to think about it as a disease. This is a disease,” Berkley said. “This spreads at the speed of light, literally.”

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“A study says @Autism is out of control — a 78% increase in 10 years. Stop giving monstrous combined vaccinations,” Trump tweeted in 2012. Pixabay

WHO says poor vaccination coverage is causing measles outbreaks globally, with numbers spiking in countries that were previously almost free of the disease, including the United States.

Misinformation about vaccines, which the WHO says save two million lives annually, was not a freedom of speech issue and social media firms need to take it offline, Berkley said. “I remind people that this kills people,” he said.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said complacency, misunderstanding and misinformation were causing vaccination rates to decline globally, with tragic results.

“In my country, social media conspiracy groups confuse well-meaning parents so they hesitate to get the recommended vaccinations,” Azar said.

He rejected any criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump, who repeatedly and erroneously tweeted about links between vaccines and autism in the years before he became president.

“A study says @Autism is out of control — a 78% increase in 10 years. Stop giving monstrous combined vaccinations,” Trump tweeted in 2012.

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Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said health authorities needed to “up our game,” adding that she was working with Twitter, Facebook, Google and other tech companies. Pixabay

Azar said Trump was “extremely firm” in support of vaccination.

“If you had been paying attention in the last month, you would know that the President of the United States, President Trump, was very clear and emphatic: get your shots, get your kids vaccinated, vaccines are safe,” Azar said.

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Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said health authorities needed to “up our game,” adding that she was working with Twitter, Facebook, Google and other tech companies.

“You’ve got to get into the trenches … and begin to get engaged much more on a personal and emotional level, because people don’t understand statistics and data. If you do that. (VOA)