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    NITAGs

    Get ready for the next GNN meeting and read the 2016 report

    04.21.2017

    The Global NITAG Network will meet in June 28th - 29th, 2017 in Berlin. The Organizing Committee composed of representatives of the Robert Koch Institute (as the hosting institutions), AMP-HPID, US CDC, WHO and representatives from the NITAG network are currently developing the meeting agenda. Last year report can be downloaded to get prepared for this year meeting and get familiarized with the NITAG members. 

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  • Costa Rica
    NITAGs

    Voice from the field: Roberto Arroba

    04.10.2017

    Roberto Arroba is the National coordinator of immunization in Costa Rica, in charge of the secretariat of the NITAG and also a core group member of the Global NITAG Network (GNN).

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  • Togo
    NITAGs

    The youngest NITAG in West Africa is being trained

    04.05.2017

    The SIVAC initiative is supporting the Togo NITAG, the youngest to be established in West Africa where 7 countries are still without NITAG. Targeting over 25 participants, the training on issuing evidence-based recommendation notes is being held in Lomé from April 4th to 6th, 2017.

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  • Senegal
    NITAGs

    Six steps for successfully proposing a recommendation

    04.04.2017

    In Senegal, the NITAG (CCVS) Chair tasks six experts to work on cerebrospinal meningitis. The objective is simple: to define whether or not it is appropriate to introduce the MenAfriVac in the routine EPI, starting from 2017. Indeed, Senegal is inside a meningitis belt and is regularly exposed to epidemic flares of cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM).
    The vaccine was introduced in the country as part of a campaign in 2012. WHO recommends that the vaccine be introduced into the routine EPI within five years of a campaign. Then, in 2015, Senegal's Minister for Health sent a request to the CCVS experts.

     

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  • Angola
    NITAGs

    Mozambique and Angola, hand in hand

    04.03.2017

    With the support of the SIVAC initiative, the Angolan NITAG Secretariat members visited the Comitê de Peritos para la Imunização (CoPI) that is the Mozambican NITAG. CoPI was established in 2011 and is one of the most functional committees in the AFR Region to date. It has held 12 meetings during which 27 recommendations were issued on different areas related to vaccination. 

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  • Canada
    NITAGs

    Introducing NACI newest recommendations regarding the use of Hepatitis B vaccine

    03.29.2017

    NACI have released the update on the recommended use of Hepatitis B vaccine. It includes 4 main recommendations:

    1. NACI does not recommend routine booster doses of HB vaccine for immunocompetent individuals following the completion of a recommended HB immunization schedule given in infancy.
    2. NACI recommends that adults with diabetes need not be considered as a separate high risk group for immunization with HB vaccine.
    3. For immunocompromised individuals, initial annual monitoring of HB antibody levels following HB immunization may be considered
    4. Immunization with HB-containing vaccine should be provided according to determined provincial and territorial (P/T) schedules.
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  • Swaziland
    NITAGs

    Committee members nominated in Swaziland

    03.21.2017

    Following the recommendation of the Middle Income Country Stragtegy conducted in november 2015, Swaziland officially establishes its NITAG. The committee will guide policy makers as well as the programme on making evidence-based immunization related policy decisions.

    The areas of expertise represented in the NITAG are: pediatrics, epidemiology, research and vaccinology, programme manager, medical officer, immunization logistics. The NITAG currently has a total of 7 members. 

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  • Haiti
    NITAGs

    Inauguration Ceremony of the NITAG in Haiti

    03.08.2017

    On behalf of the Ministry of Health, the General Director of the MOH  launched the NITAG. He thanked one by one each of the newly appointed members. 

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  • Australia
    NITAGs

    Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) advice for immunisation providers regarding the administration of seasonal influenza vaccines in 2017

    03.06.2017

    During its 62nd meeting in February 2017, ATAGI endorsed its recommendation for annual influenza vaccination for any person ≥6 months of age who wishes to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza.

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