The study seeks to quantify the possible economic impact in terms of loss in work hours, death and
hospitalization rates and cost to the economy if there were to be an outbreak of some strain of the H5N1 virus which is considered to be highly pathogenic and extremely lethal.
Using two different attack rates, 20% and 30%, the paper attempts to project several possible outcomes for the Jamaican economy in the event of a severe pandemic. In addition to forecasting the possible loss in man hours for the economy, the study uses the Monte Carlo modelling technique to provide estimates of the death and hospitalization rates among the 0–19, 20–64 and 65+-year age cohorts while extra-polating the demand for healthcare providers.
As the Ministry of Health in Guyana seeks to introduce human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, this study highlights the disparity between perceived knowledge and the correct knowledge of the stakeholders: the girls and their guardians. It also examines ways of overcoming this dilemma.
Objectives: To examine the knowledge and perceptions of 11-year old girls and their guardians toward the human papillomavirus (HPV), HPV (mandatory) vaccination and cervical cancer and to determine their main sources of health information.
A survey of 399 persons was done in Nassau, Bahamas, to determine knowledge and attitudes toward the human papillomavirus and its vaccine. Although knowledge of both was limited, the majority would vaccinate their children.
Objective: High-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV) are a necessary, albeit not sufficient, cause for cervical cancer development. In The Bahamas, cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer despite screening and educational efforts. As a vaccine programme is being considered, awareness of HPV-related conditions and its vaccine needs to be measured.
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This survey of reasons for non-vaccination among measles patients in Japan provided an important lesson. Many parents/guardians willing to immunize may not because they are busy, rather than because of anti-vaccine attitudes. Healthcare workers should provide honest risk and benefit information in addition to the vaccine schedule.