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Ireland: Measles outbreak – Should we pay doctors to track down unvaccinated children?

Posted on 21 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

ANY PARENT WHO has ever fretted over a hot and bothered child with a skin rash must shudder to hear about the latest measles outbreak in Dublin and Meath. There’s nothing like reports of a highly contagious virus on the …more

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USA: Journal replaces anti-vaccine paper it retracted for missing conflicts, “number of errors”

Posted on 20 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

A journal retracted a paper about how conflicts of interest might be influencing research into the link between vaccines and autism because — wait for it — the authors failed to disclose conflicts of interest. According to the retraction notice, …more

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USA: Medical Exemptions Triple After California Vaccine Law Goes Into Effect

Posted on 20 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

State lawmakers may give California’s strict vaccination law another shot after a surge in medical exemptions. SB277 bars parents from citing religious or personal belief exemptions to get their children out of getting their vaccines. Now doctors say the law …more

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Yemen: Diphtheria returns to war-torn Yemen, More than 100 cases recorded

Posted on 20 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

There is little that can introduce or reintroduce a infectious disease back to a country than the chaos that surrounds war and political and social instability. We see numerous examples of this today to include diphtheria, measles and malaria reappearance in …more

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Indonesia: Only one in five Indonesian women are aware of cervical cancer screening

Posted on 20 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Just one in five Indonesian women are aware of cervical cancer screening, according to a study, funded by the UK Medical Research Council and presented at the ESMO Asia 2017 Congress being held in Singapore, November 17 – 19, 2017. …more

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Australia: HPV vaccine unexpectedly knocks out nasty childhood throat disease

Posted on 19 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

 Australian Jason Stevenson – pictured with his daughter Jody – has had 55 operations to clear warts in his throat that restrict his breathing. Australian Jason Stevenson has had 55 rounds of surgery – and counting – to clear the …more

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Australia: City of Sydney sparks anger after publicising anti-vaccination event

Posted on 19 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Labor’s Tanya Plibersek criticises ‘idiocy’ of online event listing, which has since been taken down      A screenshot of the event, which was later removed by the City of Sydney. Photograph: City of Sydney council View more sharing options …more

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Guyana: HPV vaccine has withstood rigours of randomised controlled trials

Posted on 18 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Dear Editor, This letter is in response to one that appeared in your newspaper earlier this month written by Sherlina Nageer et al titled `Gov’t should halt HPV vaccination programme, there are better options’. The authors stated that they “have …more

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India: Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign to extend in Malappuram

Posted on 18 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

 As the ongoing Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign has failed to yield desired results in vaccination of target population of children, the health authorities is likely to extend the campaign until November 30. After the first phase of the campaign which was concluded …more

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USA: A Century After 1918, Flu Pandemic Preparedness Still Lacking

Posted on 18 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Nearly 100 years after the 1918 flu pandemic claimed as many as 50 million lives, many of us would like to think such devastating losses will never be seen again. Unfortunately, the experts say otherwise. Despite a century’s worth of …more

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Mapping evidence on the distribution of human papillomavirus-related cancers in sub-Saharan Africa: scoping review protocol

Posted on 18 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Philippines: Families of two dead Lapu infants want autopsy done

Posted on 17 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The families of the two babies who died last Saturday or three days after receiving vaccination shots from a barangay health center in Pajac, Lapu-Lapu City, want the bodies of their infants to be autopsied to determine once and for …more

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Canada: ‘No room for justice’ – David Stephan posts tirade after conviction upheld in son’s meningitis death

Posted on 17 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Despite saying he had been “strongly cautioned” against posting publicly, David Stephan has published another scathing tirade against the justice system, jury and judges after an Alberta Appeal Court upheld convictions against him and his wife for failing to provide the …more

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Nigeria: The battle to stop measles

Posted on 17 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Ene Ngbede rides in the arms of her father all through. The registration at Comprehensive Health Centre in Kaita, Katsina doesn’t take long.  But she cringes when it was time to get her shot. The two-year-old buries her face in …more

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France: Radiation du Professeur Henri Joyeux – où en est-on ?

Posted on 16 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Le 7 novembre dernier, le Pr Henri Joyeux et le Pr Luc Montagnier animaient une conférence à Paris sur le thème des risques liés à la vaccination. A cette occasion, Henri Joyeux, professeur de cardiologie à la retraite depuis 2014, exposait les arguments anti-vaccination qu’il décline …more

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Australia: Child vaccination exemption letters from doctors banned in Victoria under No Jab, No Play crackdown

Posted on 15 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Letters from doctors excusing children from immunisation will no longer be accepted by Victorian child care centres and kindergartens, as the Government moves to toughen its “No Jab, No Play” laws. The changes mean immunisation history statements from the Australian …more

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USA: The tactic that convinces reluctant parents to vaccinate their babies

Posted on 14 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Vaccines have been saving lives around the world for over 200 years. But in 2017, there’s still ample debate about the safety and efficacy of the medical intervention. While vaccination rates in children remain high overall in the United States, they fall short of …more

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USA: High cognitive ability not a safeguard from conspiracies, paranormal beliefs

Posted on 14 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The moon landing and global warming are hoaxes. The U.S. government had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks. A UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. Is skepticism toward these kinds of unfounded beliefs just a matter of cognitive ability? Not …more

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France: D’où vient la méfiance face à la vaccination obligatoire ?

Posted on 13 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

À deux mois de l’entrée en vigueur de l’élargissement de la vaccination obligatoire, les opposants multiplient les prises de position médiatiques. Parmi eux, le professeur héraultais, Henri Joyeux, chirurgien cancérologue, il a été radié de l’ordre des médecins pour ses …more

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Ireland: How the state lost so many parents’ hearts and minds in the vaccination debate

Posted on 12 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Fresh cases of measles have been confirmed in ­Ireland, while uptake rates for the HPV vaccine programme we once demanded have slumped to just 50pc. Why have Irish health authorities failed so spectacularly to persuade parents of the benefits of …more

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Madagascar: Panic in Madagascar amid plague vaccination fury

Posted on 12 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Amid growing concerns about the epidemic which is gripping the country and has already claimed more than 140 lives, parents were left outraged after rumours emerged that their children were being given vaccinations without their consent. According to The Madagascar …more

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USA: Online vaccine questions, side effect concerns rise

Posted on 11 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

  Physicians often cringe when patients come to them armed with an internet diagnosis. Yet a new poll reveals that patients are increasingly going online after vaccination to ask about side effects, making it clear that more could be done …more

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USA: Anti-vaxxers have found a way around California’s strict new immunization law.

Posted on 11 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

But the numbers of medical exemptions statewide didn’t just rise after SB 277 took effect, they tripled, with a few schools reporting exemptions from as many as a quarter of their students. Given what health experts say about the expected rate …more

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Canada: A lack of trust, not of science, behind vaccine resistance

Posted on 11 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

With flu season upon us and the opening of flu vaccine clinics, we can expect advertisements, reminders and encouragement to get ourselves and our children vaccinated. We can also expect to hear arguments and explanations from friends, colleagues and family …more

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Australia: Vaccination-sceptics Network targets Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Posted on 11 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

ANTI-vaxxers have been condemned for “new levels of stupidity” after telling a meeting in far north Queensland that “darker-skinned people” are most at risk from vaccine reactions. The Australian Vaccination-sceptics Network (AVN) visited Kuranda, in the state’s far north, this …more

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Madagascar: Rumeur de vaccination forcée et panique totale des parents

Posted on 10 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

« Une 4X4 rempli d’éléments d’Emmoreg et de médecins fait le tour des écoles et forcent les enfants à se faire vacciner. Ils brutalisent ceux qui refusent. 4 enfants sont déjà morts…. » telle est en gros la substance de la rumeur …more

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France: Y a-t-il des vaccins obligatoires qui sont inutiles ?

Posted on 10 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

AVIS D’EXPERT – Le Dr Daniel Lévy-Bruhl, épidémiologiste à Santé publique France, revient sur l’intérêt des vaccinations contre le méningocoque de type C, le pneumocoque et l’hépatite B. Alors que l’élargissement de l’obligation vaccinale à huit vaccinations supplémentaires chez le nourrisson a …more

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USA: NIH Study to Determine if Childhood Disease Rates Higher in Vaccine Refusal Areas

Posted on 9 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

A five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study trends in American vaccine hesitancy and refusal has been awarded to a research team led by Shweta Bansal, a Georgetown assistant professor of biology. Working with researchers …more

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New Zealand: Anti-intellectualism threatens civilisation – Prof Brian Cox

Posted on 8 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The rise of anti-intellectualism and a disdain for facts is “the greatest threat to our civilisation” according to a highly-respected British professor. English physicist Professor Brian Cox, who is in New Zealand for a science show, told NZ Herald Focus …more

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USA: Anti-vaxxers have found a way around California’s strict new immunization law. They need to be stopped

Posted on 8 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Two years ago the state Legislature passed a law banning so-called personal belief exemptions that many parents were using to keep their children from being vaccinated because they believed — wrongly — that vaccines were linked to autism and other …more

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USA: Web-based social media intervention can positively influence parental vaccine behaviors

Posted on 6 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Pregnant women who received vaccine information through an interactive website monitored by a clinical expert were more likely to vaccinate their children than those who did not use the web resource, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the …more

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Greece: Roma worst hit by measles outbreak

Posted on 5 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Seven in 10 cases of measles reported to the Center of Disease Prevention and Control (KEELPNO) in the period from May to October this year, or 265 of a total of 368 cases, affected Greek Roma, and the majority contracted …more

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Australia: Central Coast doctor suspended by health watchdog for anti-vaccination views

Posted on 5 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

A CENTRAL Coast GP has had his registration suspended by the Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for his anti-vaccination views. Dr Kevin Coleman, who describes himself as pro-choice, has been a vocal critic of No Jab, No Pay/Play legislation and has …more

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India: Kerala may extend Measles-Rubella vaccination date to achieve 100 percent target

Posted on 5 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Polio Eradication Hopes and Fears: What Next?

Posted on 4 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Blog

On the occasion of World Polio Day    Heidi Larson, Ph.D. & Will Schulz, MSc,  In August 1980, just three months after the World Health Assembly declared smallpox to be officially eradicated, D.A. Henderson stood up to address a gathering at …more

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USA: Why are Americans still so afraid of the flu vaccine?

Posted on 4 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Tens of thousands of people die the U.S. every year from influenza-related complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone — with a few minor exceptions — 6 months and older get the flu vaccine. Most insurance plans cover the …more

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Croatia:-Due to low vaccination rates flu epidemic could be especially dangerous

Posted on 4 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

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USA: Judge who sent anti-vaccine mom to jail gets death threats

Posted on 3 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Karen McDonald is the Oakland County judge at the center of recent anti-vaccination cases. She is also the subject of numerous online threats after sending an anti-vaccination mother to jail.  The messages have come Social media and emails, some sent …more

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Canada: UBC journal retraction raises controversial question – Can an activist be a scientist?

Posted on 2 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

In an interview with the University of British Columbia student newspaper nearly 20 years ago, research scientist Chris Shaw said the last thing an academic wanted was to be “associated with something iffy.” Reminded of that quote recently, Shaw said: …more

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Pakistan: Polio drive deferred over workers protest

Posted on 1 Nov, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The polio vaccination campaign in Lahore district has been deferred in the wake of the ongoing protest by the field staff employed on a contract basis in the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department. “A majority of vaccinators are the part …more

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India: Only 38 per cent Malappuram covered in MR vaccination campaign

Posted on 1 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Malappuram lags behind all other districts in the state in the ongoing state-wide measles-rubella vaccination programme, according to the latest data. The district health department could cover only 38 per cent of the total target during the campaign launched on …more

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France: Refus de vaccination – les sanctions seront-elles alourdies?

Posted on 31 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

La ministre de la santé, Agnès Buzyn, ment-elle lorsqu’elle affirme que la volonté du gouvernement n’est pas de poursuivre les parents qui refuseront les onze vaccins obligatoires pour leur enfant ? C’est ce qu’affirment plusieurs sites Internet ces dernières semaines, s’appuyant notamment sur …more

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Australia: Influenza – NSW Health Minister says current vaccine ‘not up to the job’ after deadly flu season

Posted on 30 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The influenza vaccine used by health authorities this year “wasn’t up to it”, according to the New South Wales Health Minister, Brad Hazzard. The virus has killed 546 people nationally this year. The median age of death is 85. Mr …more

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USA: Pro-vaccination T-shirts from new science-themed clothing line draw anti-vaxx fire

Posted on 30 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Shirts promoting vaccinations for children are causing a stir online among so-called “anti-vaxxers,” those who believe vaccinations for diseases ranging from mumps to polio can cause serious, lifelong health issues. The baseball-style tee simply reads “Vaccines Cause Adults.” CureGear, the …more

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UK: Doctors braced for winter flu outbreak amid fears over vaccine

Posted on 29 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Doctors in Britain are bracing themselves for an outbreak of flu in the next few weeks that could match Australia’s recent epidemic – one of the worst for a decade. At least 170,000 cases were confirmed at the end of the …more

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India: We support MR drive, say religious forums

Posted on 29 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Awareness drives to be held at mosques, churches, temples Various religious and community organisations in the district on Friday reassured the authorities that they would cooperate with the ongoing measles-rubella (MR) vaccination campaign. Representatives of community and religious organisations who …more

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Understanding vaccine hesitancy in polio eradication in northern Nigeria

Posted on 29 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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India: Realising Universal Health Coverage in Karnataka

Posted on 28 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030 is the primary health-related objective defined under the Sustainable development goals (SDG). The World Health Organization has defined UHC as “the desired outcome of health system performance whereby all people who need health services receive them, …more

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Nigeria: Tops list of countries with 3.3m unimmunised children

Posted on 28 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Nigeria tops the list of countries with far too many children – 20.8 million – still missing their first measles vaccine dose. According to a new report published yesterday by leading health organisations, more than half of 20.8 million unvaccinated …more

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France: Risky vaccine mandates

Posted on 28 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

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USA: Employee mandatory flu shot policy provokes outrage — and a lawsuit

Posted on 27 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

A Minnesota-based healthcare provider that operates long-term care facilities, hospitals and clinics is on the receiving end of a lawsuit slamming its mandatory influenza vaccination policy. The suit, filed against Essentia Health on Oct. 20 by United Steelworkers Locals 9460 …more

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USA: Social media can be used as a weapon in the war against anti-vaxxers

Posted on 26 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Parents who refuse to get their children vaccinated because they’re worried the potential risk of vaccination outweighs any possible benefits make disease outbreaks more common. This is a growing problem. Over the last 12 months there have been numerous measles …more

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Pakistan: Overcoming Obstacles To Polio Eradication In

Posted on 25 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

When I first joined Pakistan’s PolioPlus Committee (PNPPC) as a manager close to eight years ago, polio eradication seemed within our reach. I used the opportunity to study poliomyelitis beyond just perceiving it as “a crippling disease.” I researched the …more

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India: A group of Kerala doctors is on a mission to debunk fake news about health on social media

Posted on 24 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

In a time when social media is being used to circulate fake news, a group of doctors in Kerala are using social media to debunking fake health news. They have set up Info Clinic, a Facebook page to counter false …more

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Romania: Romanian parents refusing to vaccinate their children could get fined

Posted on 24 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children could get fines of up to RON 10,000 (EUR 2,200), according to the mandatory vaccine law the Senate voted yesterday. In the case of compulsory vaccines, consent to immunization is presumed to be …more

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France: 1 in 4 French people still do not trust vaccinations

Posted on 23 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

One in four French people still do not trust vaccinations, despite the forthcoming bill to make them compulsory, and their proven effectiveness, says a new study from Public Health France (Santé Publique France). The study, which was published this week …more

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Madagascar: Toamasina – Les agents de santé pourchassés à Toamasina

Posted on 23 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

La population a manifesté contre une rumeur de vaccin contre la peste. Les activités de sensibilisation et de riposte ont été suspendues temporairement. Les activités de sensibilisation, de surveillance et de riposte relatives à la peste à Toamasina ont failli …more

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Addressing HPV vaccine hesitancy in Denmark

Posted on 22 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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USA: Will the World’s Most Worrying Flu Virus Go Pandemic?

Posted on 22 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeps a Most Wanted list for flu viruses. The agency evaluates every potentially dangerous strain, and gives them two scores out of 10—one reflecting how likely they are to trigger a pandemic, and …more

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Australia: Screening of anti-vaccination film ‘could cost kids’ lives’

Posted on 22 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

DOCTORS are warning an anti-vaccination documentary to be screened in Toowoomba today and across regional Queensland could ultimately cost children’s lives.  The film Vaxxed, which makes false and disproved links between vaccination and autism, is set to be shown in …more

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China: H7N9 Influenza Could Be The Next Big Flu Pandemic

Posted on 21 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

As the weather gets colder, we start preparing for winter and what it has in store for us. Part of that preparation, for some of us, includes getting our annual flu shot to prevent any untimely delays in our productivity. …more

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Pakistan: Still struggling to eradicate polio

Posted on 21 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

In a recent report, the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for polio expressed concerns about the quality, reliability, capacity and authenticity of surveillance data from the polio program in Pakistan. The country has been urged to revisit the Global Polio Eradication …more

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India: Private hospitals to be roped in for MR drive

Posted on 20 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The ongoing Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign, which is yet to make expected progress, will rope in private hospitals to achieve the target. Addressing a press conference along with the campaign coordinators and doctors here on Thursday, District Collector U.V. Jose …more

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UK: HPV vaccines ARE safe: Controversial jabs do NOT raise the risk – despite cases of girls claiming they have been left paralysed

Posted on 20 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Vaccines were only found to be significantly associated with coeliac disease Researchers believe undiagnosed sufferers are picked up at jab administration HPV vaccines are offered as a series of two jabs to girls aged 12 to 13 in the UK …more

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Italy: In Italian Schools, Reading, Writing and Recognizing Fake News

Posted on 19 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

After reading the horrors in Dante’s “Inferno,” Italian students will soon turn to the dangers of the digital age. While juggling math assignments, they’ll also tackle work sheets prepared by reporters from the national broadcaster RAI. And separate from the …more

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Nigeria: ‘Killer vaccine’ panic spreads to Kwara schools

Posted on 18 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The Kwara Government has denied rumours that soldiers are injecting school pupils in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state with killer vaccines. The Special Adviser (SA) on Security to the Governor, Alhaji Amusa Bello, made the denial in …more

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France: Vaccins – l’étrange choix du ministère de la Santé

Posted on 17 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

«Contraindre pour convaincre» les parents de faire largement vacciner leurs enfants de moins de 2 ans. Et, en même temps, ne rien faire d’autre qu’exhorter les soignants à se faire se vacciner. Comment comprendre la politique conduite par Agnès Buzyn, ministre des Solidarités …more

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Canada: UBC responds after prof withdraws paper linking element of vaccines to autism

Posted on 17 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The University of British Columbia has issued a statement after a scientific paper co-authored by one of its professors was retracted, amid allegations of data manipulation. The paper, published in a scientific journal last month, linked aluminum components in vaccines …more

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Nigeria: How false vaccination rumour caused panic

Posted on 16 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

October 14, 2017Nike Adebowale A female health official tries to drop a polio vaccine into the mouth of a child at Kaiama town, 16 May 2005 in Bayelsa State. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI   Hundred of parents on Monday rushed …more

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India: Hilleman Labs achieves successful outcome of Phase I/II Clinical Trial of its Oral Cholera Vaccine Hillchol

Posted on 15 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

New Delhi: Delivering on its mission to develop affordable vaccines for global health, Hilleman Laboratories today announced that it has successfully completed the Phase I/II Clinical Trials of its novel Oral Cholera Vaccine HillcholTM to address growing need to stop Cholera in the …more

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Syria: WHO says attack on Syria vaccine store leaves children at risk

Posted on 14 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

The World Health Organization said on Friday it had received reports of an attack on medical facilities in eastern Syria that had destroyed a store containing more than 130,000 vaccine doses against measles and polio. If confirmed, the WHO said, …more

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China: As the World Is Hit with Vaccine Shortages, Will This Mosquito-Borne Virus Find Its Way to Asia?

Posted on 14 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Yellow fever—a virus transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito—has recently made headlines in relation to the recent outbreak that sprung up in Brazil this year, an outbreak that occurred at the same time as a global vaccine shortage. In a …more

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Pakistan: ‘Poorly-handled’ vaccine blamed for three minor girls’ death

Posted on 13 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Three minor girls died allegedly hours after they were administered anti-measles vaccine at a rural health centre at Chak 262-GB, Marthan Wala, in Rajana area. According to locals, a health department team on Wednesday vaccinated around a dozen children at …more

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Nigeria: Nigeria’s Disease Control Body Refutes Monkeypox Vaccine Claims

Posted on 13 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has denied that it administered Monkeypox vaccines in the South-East of the country.

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Canada: Study claims vaccines-autism link; scientists find fake data, have rage stroke

Posted on 12 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

A recent study linking a component of vaccines to signs of autism in mice is set for retraction after scientists thoroughly demolished the study’s design, methods, and analysis—and then, for good measure, spotted faked data. The original study, led by Christopher Shaw …more

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USA: The Grandfather Of Alt-Science

Posted on 12 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Arthur B. Robinson, renegade chemist, failed politician, grandpa of the climate skeptics — and maybe, just maybe, our nation’s next scientist-in-chief — padded across the carpet of his homemade lab in a pair of white athletic socks. “This room, everything you …more

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USA: Second Michigan mom in court over refusal to vaccinate child

Posted on 11 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

A second Michigan mother appeared before a judge on Monday over her refusal to vaccinate her child despite the father’s wishes. Lori Matheson, whose child was not identified, claimed that she read some vaccines use aborted fetal cells, which violates …more

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Nigeria: Yobe govt denies ‘strange’ immunisation

Posted on 11 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The Yove State government has denied rumours of the alleged immunisation of children by unknown persons. It was gathered that most public primary schools were shut following reports that unknown persons had infiltrated the schools and were immunising the children. …more

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India: Officials cite Saudi fatwas to tackle anti-vaccine groups

Posted on 11 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Health officials are distributing copies of fatwas from Saudi scholars among the Muslim community in northern Kerala to overcome the resistance towards the government’s Measles-Rubella vaccine campaign. The vaccination drive under the national immunisation programme had met with opposition from certain religious …more

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Nigeria: Government reacts to rumour of killer vaccinators in Yobe

Posted on 10 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The Yobe State government has dispelled rumour of fake vaccines and killer vaccinators allegedly going round primary schools in the state capital to vaccinate pupils, a situation which has forced four schools in the capital, Damaturu to shut down. Commissioner …more

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USA: Kansas acting as ‘religious police’ in mandating vaccine for grandson, couple argue

Posted on 9 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The 2-year-old grandson of Linus and Terri Baker has never been vaccinated. His mother and the Bakers oppose immunization on religious and health grounds. But now that the boy is in temporary state custody, the Kansas Department for Children and …more

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HPV vaccination in Japan: results of a 3-year follow-up survey of obstetricians and gynecologists regarding their opinions toward the vaccine

Posted on 9 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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India: Mohali district H1N1 toll highest in 5 yrs

Posted on 8 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Ten persons have died of swine flu (H1N1 influenza) in Mohali district, the highest in the past five years. The death toll has risen from five to 10 in the past one month with fatalities reported from Sohana, Dera Bassi, …more

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Examining word association networks: A cross-country comparison of women’s perceptions of HPV testing and vaccination

Posted on 8 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Comparing human papillomavirus vaccine concerns on Twitter: a crosssectional study of users in Australia, Canada and the UK

Posted on 8 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Canada: Bishops’ original HPV vaccine letter ‘out of date’: archdiocesan theologian

Posted on 8 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

A theological advisor for the Archdiocese of Regina says the original letter issued by Saskatchewan bishops about the plan to offer a vaccine for the human papillomavirus to Grade 6 boys in the province was based on a previously-existing “out of date” letter. An initial letter dated …more

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USA: A mother refused to follow a court order to vaccinate her son. Now she’s going to jail.

Posted on 5 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

A Michigan woman will spend seven days in jail after she defied a judge’s order to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated. Rebecca Bredow was sentenced for contempt of court Wednesday, nearly a year after an Oakland County judge ordered her …more

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Ireland: 29% Drop in Uptake of HPV vaccine in Clare

Posted on 5 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

  September 27, 2017   There has been a 29% drop in the uptake of the free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme for girls in County Clare since it commenced in 2010, according to figures released by the HSE. …more

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Jamaica: Ministry takes flak over vaccination programme

Posted on 4 Oct, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Two high school principals have expressed concerns over the manner in which the Ministry of Health is proposing to administer the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to girls in grade seven. Principal of Rusea’s High School in Hanover, Linvern Wright, told the Jamaica …more

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USA: Twitter a hotbed of anti-vaccine sentiment

Posted on 4 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Anti-vaccine sentiment is alive and growing on social media, with California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania showing the most negative tweets of any states, according to a new five-year University of Colorado Boulder study. Regions around the country with …more

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India: Anti-vaccination campaigns prove a headache to govt

Posted on 3 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

With the four-week-long measles-rubella vaccination drive set to begin on Tuesday, fake news and counter campaigns on social media are proving a headache for the Health Department. There are countless posts on Facebook and WhatsApp propagated by some groups that …more

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France: Vaccins obligatoires – des députés de la majorité demandent un “moratoire”

Posted on 3 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Un groupe de députés, notamment de La République en marche, veut lancer un débat public sur l’obligation des vaccins pour les enfants, mesure faisant partie du PLFSS. Plusieurs parlementaires, dont des députés de La République en marche (LREM), ont demandé …more

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Geographic and demographic correlates of autism-related anti-vaccine beliefs on Twitter, 2009-15

Posted on 2 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Jamaica: Why the health ministry is being accused of using girls as guinea pigs

Posted on 2 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Despite public backlash and fears about the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) to be introduced to young girls, the health ministry said vaccines will be administered in schools across the island on Monday. The vaccine is expected to assist in preventing …more

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India: In India, Fake News Proves Costly – Even Deadly

Posted on 2 Oct, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

One recent Wednesday afternoon, monsoon rains were lashing office windows in Mumbai. Inside, screens were lighting up with messages announcing the arrival of Cyclone Phyan. Employees of a start-up called Little Black Book, an online city guide, started panicking. Some …more

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USA: Dangerous anti-vaccine tweets have spiked—from rich people in 5 states

Posted on 30 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

The noxious clamoring of a privileged minority has grown louder on Twitter—imperiling public health, a new study warns. The volume of dangerous tweets falsely linking life-saving vaccines to autism spiked dramatically in recent years. But the alarming uptick doesn’t necessarily represent a …more

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USA: Michigan mom could be thrown behind bars for not getting son vaccinated

Posted on 29 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

If you have kids, their health, their safety might be your top priority. However, what if doing what you think is best, could land you behind bars? A Detroit-area mother is facing jail time because of her beliefs when it comes …more

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Impact of the US Maternal Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccination Program on Preventing Pertussis in Infants <2 Months of Age: A Case-Control Evaluation

Posted on 28 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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France: Vaccins obligatoires – faux certificats, photocopies truquées, les stratégies des réfractaires

Posted on 27 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

« Il faut aller voir un homéopathe, lui demander des faux certificats de contre-indication, il n’y a pas d’autre solution ! Mais il faut tenir sa langue… » Parmi les quelque 300 manifestants venus réclamer la « liberté vaccinale », samedi 9 septembre, sous les fenêtres du …more

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Afghanistan: Public support essential to eradicate polio virus in Afghanistan

Posted on 26 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Around 9.9 million children under the age of 5 will be vaccinated this week during the fourth round of polio National Immunization Days of this year. Around 5.9 million children aged 2-5 years will also be given Albendazole deworming tablets. …more

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South Africa: Health minister urges parents to vaccinate their children

Posted on 26 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi has pleaded with parents to ensure their children were vaccinated regularly. Motsoaledi also said he feared his department could possibly not achieve its target if anti-vaccine lobbyists continued to mislead parents about the effectiveness of immunisation. …more

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USA: Vaccine Skeptic Message Gets Bolder

Posted on 24 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

It’s Sage’s fifth birthday. She’s wearing a pin that tells the world, and she’s carrying a sign, too. “Today is my 5th B-day,” it reads. “Denied school because I don’t have 39 vaccines.” Sage’s mom, Dene Shulze-Alva, has brought her …more

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Afghanistan: Afghan Province, Squeezed by Taliban, Loses Access to Medical Care

Posted on 24 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

 Muhammad Anwar, 8, was vomiting all night and had severe diarrhea. His father, Hajji Aslam, did not know what to do. Most, and perhaps all, of the clinics in Oruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan are shut, including the one in …more

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Jamaica: $1-million fine or prison time for failing to vaccinate children

Posted on 24 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

PARENTS who refuse to vaccinate their children could find themselves facing a maximum fine of $1 million or 12 months in prison, according to the provisions of the Public Health Act of 1974, Immunization Regulations, 1986, amended in 2013. According …more

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Intention to accept pertussis vaccine among pregnant women in Karachi, Pakistan

Posted on 24 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Heterogeneity in coverage for measles and varicella vaccination in toddlers – analysis of factors influencing parental acceptance

Posted on 24 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Korea: ‘Greater understanding of vaccine safety needed’

Posted on 23 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Only 51.9 percent, or 227,600 of 438,800, of girls born in 2004-2005 were vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), for fear of the injection’s side effects, according to Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention질병관리본부(KCDC). Experts pointed out that public campaign …more

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Ireland: Parents in Donegal warned over “misinformation campaign” regarding HPV vaccine

Posted on 23 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

The HSE is warning parents in Donegal that a “misinformation campaign” regarding the HPV vaccine has seen a huge drop in uptake among teenage girls. The vaccine has been on offer to girls in the first year of secondary school …more

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USA: The 50-state Laboratory – How Can Behavioral Science Bolster Vaccination Policy?

Posted on 22 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Vaccinating kids saves a lot of lives and a lot of dollars. High rates of vaccine coverage assure community protection (“herd immunity”), and in the United States we achieve this by requiring children to be fully vaccinated by the time they start school. …more

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Kyrgyzstan: All my kids are vaccinated – Mufti

Posted on 21 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

yrgyzstan’s Mufti (a Muslim legal expert who is empowered to give rulings on religious matters) Maksat Toktomushev said all of his children are vaccinated. He has six children. Speaking on September 21 at the seminar on the role of women …more

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Italy: Measles Outbreak In Italy While There’s A Party In The USA

Posted on 20 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Measles is targeted for elimination in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) European Region. However, Italy remains one of the 14 countries in the region with ongoing endemic measles transmission. In January 2017, the Italian National Health Institute (Istituto Superiore di …more

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South Africa: Infographic – ‘Vaccine boycott may explain Gauteng measles spike’

Posted on 20 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Gauteng parents refusing to have their children immunised for measles may be to blame for the exponential growth in the number of cases reported, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said. Over 80 children were affected by measles following …more

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USA: If You ‘Trust Your Gut’ You’re More Likely To Believe Fake News

Posted on 19 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Researchers from Ohio State University have found that people who tend to rely on their ‘gut feelings’ are more likely to believe fake news. The study, which involved three surveys, looked at how people form their beliefs and what factors help guide those …more

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India: Kerala – Anti-vaccine naturopath shown the door in school

Posted on 18 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Naturopath Jacob Vadakkanchery is an anti-vaccination campaigner, who speaks against immunisation of children wherever he can. He had planned to address a PTA meeting at the A.U.P. S.  aided school, Nellisherry, near Edappal, on Friday (Sept 15).  However, his bid …more

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Pakistan: Polio workers move to nip virus in the bud

Posted on 18 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

As Pakistan inches closer to the eradication of polio, frontline teams have zoomed in on the last pockets of population who remain on the move, especially from areas considered hotbeds of the poliovirus. Due to frequent movement from one place …more

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USA: Doctors advocate for immunizations as more parents claim exemptions in Massachusetts

Posted on 17 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

THE ISSUE: A small but increasing number of parents have exempted their children from vaccination requirements. THE IMPACT: Doctors say immunizations are important to prevent the spread of diseases. While Massachusetts has one of the highest childhood vaccination rates in …more

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Vaccination Rates among Younger Siblings of Children with Autism

Posted on 17 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Harnessing innovation in public health

Posted on 17 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Blog

 Heidi J. Larson and Neisha Sundaram The second Raffles Dialogue, hosted by the National University of Singapore schools of medicine, public health and public policy along with the National University Health System (NUHS), focused on “The Critical Role of Innovation” …more

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Ireland: The HPV propaganda battle

Posted on 16 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

      The HPV propaganda battle: the other side finally fights back 30,000 parents will decide this month whether their daughters should get the HPV vaccine about 4 hours ago Pau The battle for the hearts and minds of …more

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UK: Convenience key in flu vaccine uptake

Posted on 16 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Social attitudes and inconvenience are to blame for the low uptake of flu vaccination among medical students and doctors, according to new research.  Only 55% of healthcare workers in England are protected against the spread of influenza, despite recommendations by …more

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Australia: Killer diseases back as ‘organic mums’ shun vaccines

Posted on 16 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Ongoing outbreak with well over 4,000 measles cases in Italy from January to end August 2017 − what is making elimination so difficult?

Posted on 16 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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USA: Study prompts call to examine link between flu vaccine and miscarriages

Posted on 15 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the …more

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Pakistan: Religious scholars engaged in polio vaccination campaign

Posted on 13 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The government has decided to step up engagements with religious scholars as part of the polio vaccination campaign, after finding that half of polio victims come from religiously conservative families. Just before the polio vaccination campaigns began, some elements also …more

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UK: NHS fears the worst flu season in history

Posted on 13 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The NHS  is braced for the worst flu season in its history, amid fears that overcrowded hospitals will be unable to cope. The head of the health service has warned that “pressures are going to be real” as he warned …more

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Australia: Melbourne doctor raided amid claims GPs helping parents avoid vaccinating kids

Posted on 11 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Health authorities have raided the clinic of a Melbourne doctor accused of helping families avoid compulsory child vaccinations. Dr John Piesse is one of several Melbourne GPs under investigation by health authorities for supporting an anti-vaccination stance. Australian Health Practitioner …more

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Stemming the Wave of Cervical Cancer: Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Introduction in India

Posted on 10 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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When parents won’t vaccinate their children: a qualitative investigation of australian primary care providers’ experiences

Posted on 9 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

Background: Increasingly, the experiences and perceptions of parents who decline vaccination are the subject of investigation. However, the experiences of clinicians who encounter these parents in the course of their work has received little academic attention to date. This study …more

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Ireland: Anti-HPV vaccine myths have fatal consequences

Posted on 9 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

After clean water, there is no health intervention that has saved more lives than vaccination – and none that has inspired more misguided opposition. This has been exemplified recently by the furore over the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine. In …more

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USA: Medical exemptions for vaccinations rise sharply in California after non-medical exceptions banned

Posted on 9 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

In the state of California, the term “vaccine-friendly” in recent years has grown to mean more than simply being a physician who is willing to accept pediatric patients whose parents either oppose vaccinations or choose not to follow recommended vaccine …more

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Myanmar: Vaccination drive limited by uncooperative parents at Myaing Gyi Ngu IDP camp

Posted on 9 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Kayin (Karen) State health officials this week completed the third and final round of vaccines for children living at an internally displaced persons camp, but were unable to inoculate everyone due to uncooperative parents, health officials said. Around 400 children …more

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USA: What’s Next after Creating a Cancer-Prevention Vaccine?

Posted on 9 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Imagine a vaccine that protects against more than a half-dozen types of cancer—and has a decade of data and experience behind it. We have one. It’s the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, and it was approved for the U.S. market back …more

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Australia: Vaccination concerns greater for first-time mothers, study finds

Posted on 9 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

  First-time mothers are more hesitant about vaccinations compared with mothers who already have children, researchers say. The study, from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, involved surveying 975 mothers attending public hospitals in Victoria, South Australia and WA during their …more

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USA: Study – Medical exemptions up for California vaccinations

Posted on 8 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

More parents sought medical exemptions for immunizations for incoming kindergartners in the year since California eliminated the personal-belief exemption — but overall, fewer people are opting out, according to a new study. The results published this week in the Journal …more

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USA: Parental angst over the HPV vaccine leads to fewer Minnesotans getting the shots

Posted on 7 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

No one likes shots, but there’s one shot for kids that’s been a particularly tough sell — for their parents. The latest numbers from the National Immunization Survey show a slight dip in the number of Minnesota girls getting the …more

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India, Indonesia: Countries far behind in measles vaccination – WHO

Posted on 7 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

India and Indonesia are far behind in their battle against measles and account for over 90 per cent of the unvaccinated children in the Southeast Asia, the WHO said here on Thursday, asserting that the vaccination drive was hampered due …more

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Italy: The question of compulsory vaccinations to go to school stirs up trouble in Italy

Posted on 7 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

 La région Vénétie qui tient tête au gouvernement, l’Emilie-Romagne qui s’oppose à la Vénétie, des familles qui entrent en résistance… A quelques jours de la rentrée des classes, la question des vaccins obligatoires à l’école sème le trouble en Italie. A l’origine …more

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Australia: Why anti-vaxxers shouldn’t be censored

Posted on 6 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Kent Heckenlively has been denied entry to Australia by immigration minister Peter Dutton. Never heard of Heckenlively? Not many people had, until an ABC News report revealed that he was an anti-vaccination advocate on a world tour, telling parents that …more

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USA: Immunization landscape changes after California drops personal belief exemptions

Posted on 6 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

School-entry immunization exemptions declined after California eliminated personal belief exemptions (PBEs), but in counties with the highest PBE use, the declines were paralleled by increases in medical exemptions (MEs), researchers report. When California Senate bill 277 eliminated the PBE provision …more

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USA: How We Killed Expertise (And why we need it back)

Posted on 5 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Average Americans have never much liked eggheads. That’s not a bad thing in itself: Americans are a skeptical but level-headed people—or were until recently—whose common sense and ingenuity allowed their nation to achieve great heights in science, diplomacy and the arts, …more

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France: “Les accidents graves liés aux vaccins sont rarissimes”

Posted on 4 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

C’est le livre qui tombe à pic. Depuis l’annonce par la ministre de la Santé, Agnès Buzyn, de l’extension à partir du 1er janvier 2018 de l’obligation vaccinale (voir encadré), les pro et les anti-vaccins s’écharpent. Et le débat au Parlement en …more

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Perceptions of human papillomavirus vaccination of adolescent schoolgirls in western Uganda and their implications for acceptability of HPV vaccination: a qualitative study

Posted on 3 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

Background Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination has been perceived in diverse ways some of which encourage its uptake while others could potentially deter its acceptability. This study explored community member’s perceptions about HPV vaccination in Ibanda district and the implications of …more

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USA: Why HPV Vaccination Rates Remain Low in Rural States

Posted on 2 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

The potentially life-saving cancer vaccine has been around for more than a decade, so why isn’t everyone getting it? by Emily Mullin September 1, 2017 Mandi Price never thought she’d be diagnosed with cancer at age 24. She was a healthy …more

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Australia: Australia bars ‘world’s no.1 anti-vaxxer’ from entry

Posted on 1 Sep, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

 An American who describes himself as the “world’s #1 anti-vaxxer” has been barred from entering Australia, officials said Thursday, in a further crackdown on the anti-immunisation movement after outbreaks of preventable diseases. Kent Heckenlively had outlined plans to travel to …more

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Ireland: ‘Stop this verbal bull-dozing and wake up and listen,’ charity founder tells HSE boss in relation to HPV vaccine

Posted on 31 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The founder of a children’s charity has asked HSE boss Tony O’Brien to stop “verbal bull-dozing” in relation to the HPV vaccine. Jack and Jill’s founder Jonathan Irwin today issued a statement to say that he found Mr O’Brien’s comments …more

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France: Michel Cymes gives his opinion on the new mandatory infant vaccines

Posted on 29 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

La ministre de la Santé l’a confirmé : onze vaccins seront bel et bien obligatoires d’ici 2018 (contre trois actuellement). Depuis, les opposants à cette mesure crient au scandale, remettant en cause l’innocuité des vaccins et craignant les conflits d’intérêts. …more

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India: More swine flu cases in Lucknow, tally reaches 1,429 since January

Posted on 28 Aug, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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India: Old city schools, corporate ones resist vaccination drive

Posted on 27 Aug, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Contend many have received MMR vaccine, available in private healthcare India’s measles and rubella vaccination programme is facing resistance from two quarters in the city, schools in the old city and large multi-centre corporate schools. According to Telangana’s health officials, …more

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Yemen: Cholera death rates soar in rebel-held areas

Posted on 27 Aug, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

The vast majority of Yemen’s cholera deaths have occurred in areas controlled by Houthi rebels, largely the result of a blockade and air strikes by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition they are fighting, an Al Jazeera investigation reveals. An analysis of …more

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Afghanistan: Mobile mullahs on a mission to eradicate polio

Posted on 26 Aug, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Armed with maps and motorbikes, religious leaders cover great ground in support of polio vaccination Each afternoon of a polio campaign in Kandahar, after the day’s door-to-door rounds have been completed, the vaccination teams congregate at health facilities. Most go …more

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USA: Harris County Wins Suit Against Bishop of Bleach-Drinking “Church”

Posted on 24 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

An air conditioner repairman and self-described bishop is barred from hawking industrial bleach as a drinkable cure-all, a Harris County District Judge ruled August 10. The order was issued more than a year after the Harris County Attorney’s Office had sought …more

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Australia: Melbourne doctors investigated for allegedly helping parents avoid vaccinating children

Posted on 24 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says he is astonished by allegations some doctors have “stooped to the level of the anti-vaccination movement” by helping families get around compulsory vaccinations for their children. Key points: One doctor under investigation for 12 …more

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New Zealand: Anti-Vaccine Family Members, Friends Spur Many Moms to Delay Baby’s Shots

Posted on 23 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

If a pregnant woman hears anti-vaccine messages from family or friends about childhood immunizations, she’s much more likely to delay her baby’s shots, new research shows. And that’s true even if she hears positive messages after the discouraging ones, the …more

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Kazakhstan: Parents refusing immunization for underage children may face fines – bill

Posted on 23 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The draft Amendments to Laws on Religious Activities and Religious Organizations propose penalizing parents for vaccine hesitancy.

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USA: As White House appoints pro-vaccine officials, plan for safety commission appears stalled

Posted on 22 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Robert Kennedy Jr., the environmental activist and leading vaccine skeptic, says that it has been months since he has talked with White House officials about chairing a vaccine safety commission — and that the idea of such a panel may no longer …more

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USA: Despite measles outbreak, anti-vaccine activists in Minnesota refuse to back down

Posted on 22 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Minnesota’s worst measles outbreak in decades has un­expectedly energized anti-vaccine forces, who have stepped up their work in recent months to challenge efforts by public health officials and clinicians to prevent the spread of the highly infectious disease. In Facebook group discussions, …more

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Australia: Venues warned to pull plug on anti-vaxx film amid measles outbreak

Posted on 21 Aug, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

 Health professionals are warning venues not to allow a screening of a discredited anti-­vaccination film in Perth this week, amid a worsening measles outbreak among unimmunised students at one of the city’s alternative private schools. The documentary, Vaxxed: From Cover-up to …more

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India: Rumour proves costly for vaccination drive in old city

Posted on 21 Aug, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Hyderabad: Religious and political forces in old city have joined hands to quell malicious rumours that have hit measles and rubella vaccination programme in the region. The rumours, reportedly fuelled by some forces in other States where the vaccination campaign began …more

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Ireland: Uptake of schoolgirl cancer vaccine plummets in Limerick

Posted on 20 Aug, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

A STEEP drop in the number of Limerick schoolgirls being vaccinated against cancer is causing alarm, with dire warnings that they are at serious risk of developing the disease. Almost one in four girls have not received the vaccine and, …more

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Japan: HPV Vaccine Safety in Japan: Why Numbers Matter

Posted on 20 Aug, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Recently, a study on side effects related to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, which has been an important issue in Japan, was published1. Although the study is flawed, unfortunately, due to the unfounded concerns surrounding the safety of vaccines, even poorly …more

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Pertussis vaccination in pregnancy: State of the art

Posted on 20 Aug, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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India: Five-week vaccination vigil against measles and rubella

Posted on 19 Aug, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

HYDERABAD: A five-week-long Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign was kicked off in the city on Thursday by health minister C Laxma Reddy. The MR vaccine will be administered by the state government to children between nine months and 15 years of age …more

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Switzerland: Scientists can vaccinate us against fake news

Posted on 18 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

We are living in the post-truth era. This is a time where the focus is not on rationality or coherence but on sensationalism, regardless of the cost. The Oxford Dictionary has declared “post-truth” to be its international word of the year, …more

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Canada: Eclipse of reason – Why do people disbelieve scientists?

Posted on 17 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that on Aug. 21, we’re in for a special cosmic treat: the Great American Eclipse of 2017. The moon’s shadow will track a 4,000-kilometre course across the continental United States from coast to coast, beginning with …more

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Australia: Vaccination Communication Strategies – What Have We Learned, and Lost, in 200 Years?

Posted on 17 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

This study compares the modes of rhetoric and frames that Australian government officials used in different historical periods – the early nineteenth century (1803-24) and the early twenty-first (2016) – to encourage parents to vaccinate their children and alleviate public …more

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Pakistan: Parliamentarians seek action against chief commissioner

Posted on 17 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has demanded that an inquiry should be conducted against the Islamabad Chief Commissioner (CC) Zulfiqar Haider for giving undue favours to the parents who refuse to administer polio vaccines to their children. Five parliamentarians of the PPP, including …more

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Hong Kong:Mainland tourists cancel visits to Hong Kong, comparing summer influenza season to SARS outbreak

Posted on 16 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

According to the latest Flu Express published by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP), although the local influenza activity remains elevated – it has decreased significantly from its peak over the last two weeks. Some of the Mainland media and internet users …more

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USA: Pregnant Women Absent from Zika Vaccine Trials

Posted on 16 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

When it comes to Zika infection, pregnant women have the most to lose. If the virus is passed from mother to baby, the debilitating effects on fetal health are irrevocable or fatal. While there are no known treatments or countermeasures …more

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USA: Despite California’s strict new law, hundreds of schools still don’t have enough vaccinated kids

Posted on 15 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

ven with a new law that has boosted kindergarten vaccination rates to record highs, hundreds of schools across California still have so many children lacking full immunization that they pose an increased risk of disease outbreaks, according to a Times …more

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Australia: Anti-vaccine myths ‘debunked’ in new campaign to counter low immunisation rates

Posted on 13 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

There is “no truth” in the anti-vaccine campaign and the ongoing myths around it are putting Australian lives at risk, Australia’s chief medical officer has said at the launch of a new campaign in Melbourne. Professor Brendan Murphy said research …more

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USA: More potent, safer Zika vaccine developed

Posted on 13 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Scientists have developed the world’s first plant-based Zika vaccine that may be more effective, safer and cheaper than other vaccines against the mosquito-borne virus. Currently, there are no licensed vaccines or therapeutics available to combat Zika, researchers said. The vaccine …more

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India: Telangana ropes in religious leaders for vaccination campaign

Posted on 12 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

HYDERABAD: Prominent religious figures of Old City are now taking the lead in spreading awareness about measles and rubella. The World Health Organisation describes rubella as a `contagious, generally mild viral infection that occurs most often in children and young …more

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Ireland: HPV vaccine lowest in disadvantaged schools

Posted on 12 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

It’s important to know, HPV is not cancer, but it is related to a lot of cancers. At least 40 women will die from cervical cancer as a result of the dramatic fall past year in the number of girls …more

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Italy: Correcting Vaccine Misinformation May Reinforce False Beliefs Instead

Posted on 12 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Correcting mistaken beliefs about vaccines may have the unintended result of encouraging further belief in myths about immunizations, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Numerous studies have disproven the notion that vaccinations cause autism. In 2010, allegations of …more

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Australia: Principal of Perth school ‘at the centre of a measles outbreak’ resigns after his anti-vaxxer views emerge

Posted on 11 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The principal of a Steiner school in Perth at the centre of a possible measles outbreak has resigned amid controversy over his anti-vaccination views. The West Australian government issued a citywide alert last week when it emerged an unvaccinated year …more

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Nigeria: Boko Haram – army immunise 1,227 children in 13 villages in Yobe

Posted on 11 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Troops of 159 Battalion, 27 Task Force Brigade, Operation LAFIYA DOLE in addition to patrols and clearance operations, vaccinated children of victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the affected villages under their area of responsibility. A statement from Brigadier General …more

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Controversial Ebola vaccine trials in Ghana: a thematic analysis of critiques and rebuttals in digital news

Posted on 9 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature

Communication is of paramount importance in responding to health crises. We studied the media messages put forth by different stakeholders in two Ebola vaccine trials that became controversial in Ghana. These interactions between health authorities, political actors, and public citizens …more

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Australia: Anti-vaccination advocate ‘banned from Australia’ after documentary tour

Posted on 9 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

  The producer behind a controversial anti-vaccination film which has been touring Australia has been banned from returning to the country for three years, she claims. British anti-vaccination campaigner, Polly Tommey, who believes the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine caused her son’s autism, sparked outrage when she told audiences …more

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UK: Pro-vaccine messages can boost belief in MMR myths, study shows

Posted on 8 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Current strategies for correcting misinformation about the dangers of vaccinations have the opposite effect and reinforce ill-founded beliefs, a study suggests. Presenting scientific facts to disprove misconceptions was found to actually strengthen unfounded opinions, such as that the measles, mumps …more

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USA: One Year Later, California Schools See Rise In Student Vaccination Rates

Posted on 8 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

A year after the end of a long, contentious debate over school vaccinations, school districts say a new law has created a big change. The law meant to combat recent outbreaks of diseases such as measles that typically are remedied …more

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France: Le casse-tête de la vaccination obligatoire

Posted on 8 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Le ministère de la santé étudie la possibilité d’une clause permettant aux parents de s’opposer à l’obligation vaccinale, qu’il projette d’étendre à onze vaccins. Mais cette clause apparaît difficile à mettre en œuvre. Faut-il instaurer une clause d’exemption pour les …more

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USA: Vaccinations back in spotlight as schools get ready to start

Posted on 7 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Back to school also means back to the doctor, but the topic of vaccinations can bring about a serious debate among parents. North Carolina law requires seven vaccines for children. There are two types of exemptions: medical and religious. Medical …more

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India: Measles Makes A Comeback, Especially In North India

Posted on 6 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Measles Makes A Comeback, Especially In North India Sanjay Kumar 2017-08-05HEALTHCARE, ONLY ON ULTRA, SOCIETY The number of people getting infected with measles, a deadly disease that causes a red rash and is spread through the air, has shown a steady increase in …more

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DRC: Ebola scare shows that the world is still not ready for a major disease outbreak

Posted on 6 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

When cases of Ebola were detected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in May, local officials moved swiftly and global resources were rushed to help them. By the time the World Health Organization declared the outbreak over on July …more

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Separating Vaccination Fact From Fiction

Posted on 6 Aug, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Blog

Remember the H1N1 “swine flu” that was rampant in 2009? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated the global death toll from that pandemic to be more than 284,000. There’s also the influenza pandemic of 1918, which …more

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USA: Measles Cases Could Triple Even With Just A Small Decline In Vaccinations

Posted on 5 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Despite the societal benefits of vaccines and the known consequences of not using them, it is astounding that delays in acceptance or the refusal of taking vaccines exists in various parts of the world. Vaccine hesitancy is a major public …more

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Italy-to-Australia: The global crackdown on parents who refuse vaccines for their kids has begun

Posted on 5 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

There’s a school of thought that refusing vaccines on behalf of your children amounts to child abuse, and that parents should be punished for their decision. We know vaccines are overwhelmingly safe and effective at preventing the spread of disease. And yet failing to …more

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USA: Dog Owners – Stop Worrying About Autism and Vaccinate Your Pet

Posted on 3 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Virtually every dog I’ve ever met has suffered from autism. Don’t believe me? Consider that, a) Virtually every dog I’ve ever met has been vaccinated against canine diseases, and b) Not a single one of them ever spoke so much …more

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Australia: Anti-vaccination film has secret screening at Crown

Posted on 3 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

An anti-vaccination film slammed by Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy as “dangerous” was covertly screened at a major cinema last night. Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, warning of the supposed perils of vaccination, was shown at Village cinemas in Crown casino, …more

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USA: Public trust in science spiked after media coverage of Zika vaccine trial

Posted on 1 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Public trust in science has largely held steady for decades, despite short-term fluctuations. But new findings based on a survey of public attitudes toward the Zika vaccine suggest that there is a way to increase public support for science. The …more

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Romania: Anti-vaxxers in Romania could lose parenting rights, says PM

Posted on 1 Aug, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The new vaccination law will include harsh punishments for parents who refuse to immunize their children, according to PM Mihai Tudose. The head of government said that an analysis carried out by the Ministry of Heath revealed that some doctors …more

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Pakistan: Police cases lodged against parents refusing immunisation for children in Karachi

Posted on 31 Jul, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

MNA Azra Afzal Pechuho has expressed dissatisfaction over the polio drives being carried out in the three districts of Mirpurkhas division. She asked officials to lodge FIRs against parents who refuse to let polio workers immunise their children and contribute …more

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USA: ‘It’s never the science itself’: why the right questions climate and vaccines

Posted on 31 Jul, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Creationism, climate denial and anti-vaccination rage: long before the measles outbreak in the US, a deep mistrust of scientists infected some strands of the American conservative movement. Conservatives are not alone in their rejection of scientific experts and evidence. But …more

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Australia: ‘No Jab, No Play’: How Australia Is Handling the Vaccination Debate

Posted on 31 Jul, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News
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USA: New measures add pressure to anti-vaccine parents in Illinois and across U.S.

Posted on 30 Jul, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

In Illinois, school vaccine exemptions aren’t what they used to be. Parents with clear-cut religious objections can still opt to send their kids to school without vaccines, as long as they’re willing to meet with a health care provider and …more

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The benefit of the doubt or doubts over benefits? A systematic literature review of perceived risks of vaccines in European populations

Posted on 30 Jul, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Italy: Approves hotly contested vaccination program

Posted on 29 Jul, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

      Italy’s parliament has given final approval to a new program making a slate of childhood vaccinations mandatory for school children up to age 16. The packet, approved on Friday, was hotly contested in Italy, where the number …more

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France: Teenage girl dies of measles

Posted on 28 Jul, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

  “There is still a 16-year-old girl who died of measles in Nice a fortnight ago.” On Wednesday, Health Minister Agnès Buzyn, attacked by anti-vaccines since her decision to make 11 childhood vaccines mandatory, cited her case in an interview in …more

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Ukraine: The sad inevitability of Ukraine’s measles outbreak

Posted on 28 Jul, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

An outbreak of measles in Ukraine is rapidly spreading. This year there have been 1,000 cases; that’s 20 times higher than the whole of last year, with measles reported among children, adolescents and adults in 14 of the country’s 24 …more

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Malaysia: NUTP backs proposal to make vaccination compulsory for preschool enrolment

Posted on 27 Jul, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) welcomes the move to make it compulsory for pre-schoolers to be vaccinated as a condition for enrolment. The announcement by the Health Ministry is “good news”, said NUTP president Kamarozaman Abdul Razak, who …more

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Literature Literature archive

Lekoane et al. (2017) Systematic Reviews 6:229 DOI 10.1186/s13643-017-0623-3
S Taylor, M Khan, A Muhammad, O Akpala, Ma van Strien, C Morry, W Feek, E Ogden. 2017. Vaccine Vol 35, Issue 47, 7:6438-6443. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.09.075
B Soborg 2017 European Journal of Public Health 27, Issue suppl_3 https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckx187.036

Videos Video archive

Drs. Larson and Paterson join a discussion on vaccine confidence at Hong Kong University.  September, 2015.

Dr. Larson’s address to the CSIS conference on “The Global Experience in Addressing Cervical Cancer”.

Dr. Larson discusses the VCP’s 2015 report on the State of Vaccine Confidence worldwide.

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