World Immunization Week 2017- Vaccines Work

World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.
Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) aims to prevent millions of deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases by 2020 through universal access to immunization. In order for everyone, everywhere to survive and thrive, countries must make more concerted efforts to reach GVAP goals by 2020.

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Vaccines are safe, effective, and save lives.

American Academy of Pediatrics emphasizes safety and importance of vaccines. Vaccines prevent life-threatening diseases, including forms of cancer. American Academy of Pediatrics is ready to work with the White House and the federal government to share the extensive scientific evidence demonstrating the safety of vaccines.

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Hospital-acquired infections in Greece: a real, but manageable problem

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are infections that are acquired by patients during their stay in a hospital or health care facility. Based on recent data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), approximately 6% of hospitalized patients in Europe develop HAIs. With the total number of patients with HAIs in Europe rising to 3.2 million for the year 2011-2012, it is clear that this is a major problem for public health. All hospitalized patients are potentially in risk of HAI, but the risk is particularly high in intensive care units (ICUs) where, according to European data, about 1 in 5 patients exhibits HAI. The majority of these infections is caused by bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, as a result of the excessive use of antibiotics.
ECDC data shows that about 1 in 10 hospitalized patients (~9%) in Greece develops HAI, placing it among the European countries with the highest rate of HAI occurrence. The occurrence rate of HAIs is dramatically higher in ICUs for adults and newborns, reaching 50% and 30% respectively. Unfortunately, Greece ranks among the top countries in Europe in HAIs that are caused by resistant germs and first in the consumption of antibiotics in hospitals (54.7%).

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The flu season starts

Winter is coming, and so is flu. It’s a cliché but like all clichés it is true and should not be overlooked or underestimated. Up to 50 million people a year are estimated to have symptomatic influenza in EU/EEA countries and between 15 000 – 70 000 are estimated to die from influenza associated causes.

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14-20 November: World Antibiotic Awareness Week

This year the World Antibiotic Awareness Week will held from 14-20 November 2016- a global initiative to improve understanding of the antimicrobial resistance problem and change the way antibiotics are used. Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change and become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat the infections they cause.

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Το CLEO ιδρύθηκε με δωρεά του Ιδρύματος «Σταύρος Νιάρχος», το οποίο από το 2011 έως και σήμερα συνεχίζει να υποστηρίζει τη λειτουργία του ως βασικός δωρητής.

 

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