Health

Outbreak of Hepatitis in Europe and Potential Impact on Upcoming Pride Festivals

Health officials reported an outbreak of hepatitis in Europe in June-July 2016 starting in England, Italy, and Spain. Since then, disease activity has consistently increased and spread to 12 countries – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, and Sweden (map). As of May 17, the ECDC has reported 1,173 confirmed hepatitis A cases in Europe since June 2016, with most of the cases being transmitted due to unsafe sexual practices among men who have sex with men (MSM).
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Gaps in Vaccination Coverage: Measles Outbreaks in Europe

Vaccination standards and requirements vary by country in Europe. Therefore, sporadic outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases - including measles - are not uncommon. However, the potential for large outbreaks occurs when immunization coverage drops below 95 percent, and the population of unvaccinated individuals in the European Union (EU) has increased in recent years. This is thought to be due, at least in part, to declining childhood vaccination rates in response to perceived risks, fear, and speculation regarding an incorrect and disproven association between vaccines and autism...

Potential Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage in the US

The current outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil, has also strained existing stock, and Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of yellow fever vaccine, has announced that once exhausted, no additional product will be available until mid-2018. Given the anticipated critical shortage, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of an alternate vaccine; Stamaril, to protect against this disease. Stamaril, available in Europe, had not previously been used for US residents and is considered “experimental” by US authorities.

US Officials Contemplate Third MMR Vaccine Dose in Light of Rising Mumps Outbreaks

Due to the increasing number of mumps outbreaks in highly vaccinated communities, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) – a group of experts that provides advice regarding vaccine recommendations for children and adults in the US – announced in February that they will be looking into whether a third dose of the MMR vaccine should be recommended. The outcome of this deliberation is not expected until February 2018.
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Spread of Yellow Fever in Eastern Brazil Triggers New Vaccination Recommendations

Yellow fever activity in Brazil has occurred in areas near the Atlantic coast that were previously not considered to be at risk for disease transmission. As a result, the WHO and Brazilian Ministry of Health have issued new yellow fever vaccination recommendations for southern Bahia State, Espírito Santo State, and northern Rio de Janeiro State - all of which were areas previously not considered at risk for disease transmission. Additional areas along the Atlantic coast could be added to the list of places where the yellow fever vaccination is recommended in the coming weeks.

Flu Season: Northern Hemisphere Update

Influenza does not need to reach pandemic status to affect business continuity; seasonal influenza accounts for USD billions per year in economic losses in the US alone. Has your office properly prepared for the flu season? With the influenza activity expected to continue for the coming weeks, it's not too late to implement preventative measures.

Is Your Workplace Prepared for Cold & Flu Season?

Influenza (or flu) season has begun in the Northern Hemisphere, where flu activity will continue to increase in the coming months. Even though the flu is a highly contagious and potentially serious disease, many employers do not recognize it as a significant threat and likely suffer losses to their bottom line as a result. iJET health analyst, Melissa Dudley shares four key steps for keeping your people healthier. 
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Pre-Travel Health Planning Can Help You Avoid Common Issues

Pre-travel health planning is paramount. Travelers can face a variety of health-related threats while traveling abroad from infectious diseases and injury to exacerbating pre-existing medical conditions. Fortunately, many of these issues can be mitigated and even prevented prior to departure. Let's take a look at some basic and proactive pre-travel health measures you should consider before any international trip.

Expat Depression: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms

Stressful life events, and the multiple stressful events encountered by the modern expatriate global worker can result in depression. Depression is a real concern in the workplace, because it is triggered by the high levels of stress often encountered by the modern worker, impacts performance, and correlates with a high risk of suicide. Moreover, depression has been observed to be one of the most common psychological problems among expatriates.

Coping with the Fear of Flying

Air travel has become a routine part of modern life and is one of the safest modes of transportation. However, fear of flying is a growing phenomenon with which many people have to learn to cope regardless, due to job requirements or family needs. The growing number of people exhibiting fear of flying has been attributed to the increasing number of people flying and the increasing perception of security and health concerns associated with air travel.

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