IVI and global health partners encourage vaccine diplomacy

October 13, 2020, SEOUL, Korea — The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) hosted a virtual State Forum today to advocate for multilateral cooperation through vaccine diplomacy. During a coronavirus pandemic with the continuous threat of more neglected infectious diseases spreading around the world, the forum convened a panel of country ambassadors and vaccine experts to promote partnership and equity in global health.

“Our coming together today is visible evidence of the kind of solidarity that will end this pandemic, prevent the next one, and control and eradicate more neglected diseases that disproportionately affect low- and middle-income countries,” said George Bickerstaff, Chair of IVI’s Board of Trustees, in his welcome.

The forum was livestreamed online from IVI headquarters in Seoul, Korea and featured remarks from First Lady Kim Jung-sook of the Republic of Korea and Queen Sylvia of Sweden, as well as ambassadors from the Republic of Korea, Sweden, India, Finland, Mexico,

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Medical experts encourage women to keep up with annual mammogram screening

SAN ANTONIO – Mammograms catch breast cancer early — don’t skip screenings, advises KSAT Community partner University Health System.

COVID-19 does not directly cause breast cancer, but the pandemic may be indirectly responsible for many women developing more difficult-to-treat tumors, according to University Health System doctors.

Dr. Pamela Otto, the lead radiologist for breast imaging at University Health System, said the initial stay-at-home advisories and ongoing fear of catching COVID-19 have resulted in many women skipping timely mammogram screenings.

Otto, who also chairs the Department of Radiology at UT Health San Antonio, explained mammogram screenings in April 2020 plummeted 89% across the country compared to April 2019. The number of newly diagnosed breast cancers that typically result from those screens dropped 48%.

“There are women with malignant tumors who are not getting early treatment and their cancers are growing,” Otto said. “We know they’re out there. We just haven’t diagnosed

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Health care and business organizations form coalition to encourage people to wear masks and take other precautions

The Wisconsin Hospital Association and a coalition of health care and business organizations have formed a coalition to encourage people to wear masks and take other precautions to check the surge in COVID-19 infections in the state.



a man sitting in a car: Members of the Wisconsin National Guard work at a COVID-19 testing site at the United Migrant Opportunity Services building, 2701 S. Chase Ave., in Milwaukee on Tuesday. As the state's outbreak balloons to one of the nation's worst, the surge of cases and hospitalizations in northeast Wisconsin is unlike anything the region has experienced since the pandemic began.


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Members of the Wisconsin National Guard work at a COVID-19 testing site at the United Migrant Opportunity Services building, 2701 S. Chase Ave., in Milwaukee on Tuesday. As the state’s outbreak balloons to one of the nation’s worst, the surge of cases and hospitalizations in northeast Wisconsin is unlike anything the region has experienced since the pandemic began.

“What we know is that masks work,” said Eric Borgerding, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Hospital Association. “And whether it’s through a mandate or through very vigilant use and encouragement of using masks, we know that it works.”

The planned campaign comes at a time

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SCL Health And Community Leaders Encourage 2020 Flu Shots

In an effort to increase awareness of the importance of the annual flu shot and to encourage individuals to get vaccinated this year, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock joined forces with community members to share why they get their flu shot in a powerful video. View their testimonials here.

In addition to sharing these compelling videos, we have also partnered with SCL Health physicians and clinical leaders to develop easy-to-understand resources to help educate the general public on the importance of getting a flu shot and to share information on the similarities and differences in symptoms for the common cold, flu and COVID-19. With all we continue to learn about COVID-19 and symptoms related to the virus, we wanted to provide a resource for reference and encourage individuals to consult their physician for a professional diagnosis and appropriate treatment options. More information on why individuals should get a flu shot

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OMRON Healthcare Issues Reminder to Encourage Management of Respiratory Health Conditions

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A hotter than average1 summer has factored into more severe2 ragweed allergy conditions which, combined with poor air quality caused by the vast and tragic West Coast wildfires, has asthma sufferers across the country feeling the impact of a harsh fall season. For many, these issues are compounded by the ongoing pandemic, with moderate to severe asthma and COPD patients at a possible increased risk of complications with COVID-19. OMRON Healthcare, Inc. is issuing a respiratory reminder for those suffering from asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and encouraging them to take preventative action to manage their respiratory health.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) identify moderate to severe asthma as an underlying health condition that can factor into COVID-19 complications. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, more than 26 million Americans have asthma, and

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Verbatim: Health Officials Encourage Public to Get the Flu Shot this Fall | The scoop

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (September 28, 2020) – During an already difficult health landscape, local officials are asking the community to protect themselves from another dangerous respiratory disease by getting the flu shot.

“While we can’t be sure what this year’s influenza season will look like, we know how important it is to take every health precaution available with the ongoing spread of COVID-19 already challenging our community and health care system,” said Dr. Matthew Sutter, Allen County Health Commissioner. “The flu can be a dangerous respiratory disease, and the shot is effective in preventing it or lessening its impact.” 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone six months of age and older get a flu vaccine each season, and advise it is particularly important for those at high risk of serious complications from influenza. People at high risk for developing flu-related complications like pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus

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WHO Issues Charter to Encourage Health Care Worker Safety — Occupational Health & Safety

WHO Issues Charter to Encourage Health Care Worker Safety

The health worker charter was issued on the second annual World Patient Safety Day.

WHO released a health worker charter on September 17, 2020 that calls on governments and health care leaders to address threats to health care professionals during the coronavirus pandemic.

The charter was announced on the second annual World Patient Safety Day. The theme for this year was health worker safety, set with the intention of motivating those in charge of health services on a local and national level to take five specific actions to improve the protection of health workers who interact with COVID-19 patients.

The first of the recommended steps is the establishment of synergies between health worker safety and patient safety policies and strategies. Developing and implementing national programs for occupational health and safety of

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