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Malaysia: G25 group launches video to counter anti-vaccine camp

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

KUALA LUMPUR: Concerned about the possibility of parents not vaccinating their children, the G25 group of prominent Malays has launched a video to engage anti-vaccination groups. One of its members, Tan Sri Dr Yahya Awang (pic), a co-founder, former head and …more

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Pakistan: Polio virus threat continues to haunt Islamabad

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

Persistent presence of polio virus in high risk areas and suboptimal coverage during anti-polio vaccination drives in Islamabad that should be a role model for other cities has become one of the remaining hurdles for a polio free Pakistan. At …more

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France: Des anti-vaccins lancent une action en justice contre quatre laboratoires

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

Sécurité routière : hausse du nombre de morts sur la route de 15,4% en juinSécurité routière : hausse du nombre de morts sur la route de 15,4% en juin. En septembre, une centaines de familles convaincues du lien entre vaccination …more

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USA: Vaccine Exemptions Driving up Whooping Cough Cases

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

Researchers say people who don’t get vaccinated, as well as the short-term effectiveness of the vaccine, are causing pertussis cases to once again rise. Whooping cough has been on the rise in the United States in recent years, and it …more

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Parents’ concerns about vaccine scheduling in Shanghai, China

Posted on 23 Jul, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Conventional Wisdom versus Actual Outcomes: Challenges in the Conduct of an Ebola Vaccine Trial in Liberia during the International Public Health Emergency

Posted on 23 Jul, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Symposium Post
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USA: Parents of Maine kids refusing vaccines as measles, whooping cough cases increase

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

A greater percentage of Maine kindergarteners entered school last year without being fully vaccinated, according to new data released as the state faces a surge in whooping cough cases and its first measles case in decades. Five percent of kindergarteners, …more

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Syria: Syria polio outbreak rises to 27 cases

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

In a follow-up on the circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type-2 (cVDPV2) outbreak in Syria, UN health officials report four additional cases this week, bringing the total to 27. Monovalent type-2 oral polio vaccine (mOPV2) reached Deir Ez-Zor on 12 July. Vaccines for …more

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India: No excuses, vaccines in schools to be mandatory

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

        The vaccination programme will mandate vaccines against five vaccine preventable diseases, namely diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, Hepatitis-B and Haemophilus influenza-B. As per the health and family welfare department officials, “Vaccine preventable diseases like neonatal and maternal tetanus, …more

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UK: HPV vaccine – anger over decision not to extend NHS scheme to boys

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

A decision not to vaccinate boys against a cancer-causing sexually transmitted infection has been condemned by health bodies and campaigners. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which has been reviewing the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination programme, concluded …more

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Bangladesh: Absence of immunisation campaigns behind deaths of 9 Sitakunda children

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

  Some 100 children of Sitakunda’s Tripura Para reportedly affected by the measles virus, which had already claimed the lives of nine children in the same area in recent times. Experts pointed the finger at the absence of immunisation campaigns …more

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Kyrgyzstan: Doctors recommend Kyrgyzstanis in Euro trip to be careful as measles outbreaks in 14 European countries

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

Doctors recommend Kyrgyzstanis in Euro trip to be careful as measles outbreaks in 14 European countries 12:04, 20 July 2017, 210 Chief sanitary doctor of Kyrgyzstan Oleg Gorin recommended Kyrgyzstanis in Euro trip to be careful as measles outbreaks in 14 …more

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Switzerland: 1 in 10 infants worldwide did not receive any vaccinations in 2016

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

Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly 1 in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to the most recent WHO and UNICEF immunization estimates. This means, critically, that these infants missed the first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP)-containing vaccine, putting …more

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USA: In alarming trend, more Maine kids lacking vaccinations

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

The number of Maine children entering kindergarten without required vaccines increased in 2016-17, alarming public health advocates because it means there’s a higher chance of infectious disease outbreaks, such as measles, pertussis, or chicken pox. The rate of parents opting …more

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Afghanistan: Officials say new polio case detected in a toddler

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

Officials said on Friday that a new polio case has been detected in a toddler in Southern Afghanistan where the Talibans banned vaccination campaigns. “The virus has been detected in an 18-month-old baby girl in Shah Walikot district of Kandahar …more

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Indonesia:Measles kills 40 in Deiyai

Posted on 15 Jul, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Nigeria: Kano Parents Apply Fake Ink on Children to Avoid Polio Vaccination

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

A traditional ruler in Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano State, Alhaji Abdulkadir Ahmed, thursday threatened to order the arrest of any defiant parent against polio vaccination exercise in the area. This followed a report that some parents are now …more

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Northern Ireland: Public reminded of importance of MMR vaccine after number of measles cases confirmed

Posted on 13 Jul, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone of the importance of getting the MMR vaccine after it was notified of a small number of measles cases in Northern Ireland and an increase of cases in other countries. The MMR …more

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USA:‘Civil liberties’ at center of vaccination debate in Texas

Posted on 13 Jul, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

The heart of the vaccine debate is not just about whether vaccines help or hurt children anymore. It’s about civil liberties, at least in Texas. An episode of “VICE News Tonight” which aired Wednesday on HBO focuses on what the …more

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Motivational and contextual determinants of HPV-vaccination uptake: A longitudinal study among mothers of girls invited for the HPV-vaccination

Posted on 12 Jul, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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EU judgment on vaccine claims: Vaccine confidence breaker or trust builder?

Posted on 12 Jul, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Blog

With Shalini Anand reporting from India A recent landmark judgment by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has shaken the global health community. Scientists from all over the world have voiced dissent, as the ruling threatens to undermine science-based evidence …more

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Measles still spreading in Europe, WHO warns, with 35 deaths over past year

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

Thirty-five people have died of measles across Europe in the past 12 months, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that vaccination remains crucial to stopping the spread. In the most recent case, a 6-year-old died in Italy on June 22. The boy’s …more

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Yemen: U.N. Suspending Plan for Cholera Vaccination

Posted on 12 Jul, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Romania: measles cases up to 7600, Italy reports 2nd measles death

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

Romania measles cases up to 7600, Italy reports 2nd measles death by ROBERT HERRIMAN July 9, 2017 Europe, Headlines   Europe has reported more than 14,000 measles cases since January 2016, including 35 deaths, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control …more

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USA: Improved Vaccination Rates Would Fall Victim to Senate Health Cuts

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

Passage of the Senate’s health care bill, as proposed, would risk eroding national health in one little-discussed way, according to medical experts: It would eliminate cash that pays for vaccines to protect the most vulnerable among us from diseases like …more

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Vietnam: Anti-vaccination trend worries experts

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

A social media group with some 9,500 members, mostly parents of infants, has been debating whether or not to get children vaccinated.  Many parents have expressed concerns about cases in which children have suffered abnormalities and complications after getting vaccinated, …more

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Luxembourg: Vaccine Liability And Causation: Has Europe Gone Overboard?

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

My son and I are avid baseball fans (though we support different teams — he the O’s and I the Nats).  Sometimes we turn on a game in progress on TV, while our favorite team is in the lead.  It often seems that, …more

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India:This map shows how severe India’s swine flu outbreak is this year

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

Priyanka Vora One out of every 25 Indians who contracted H1N1 infections this year has died, according to data from the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme. India is witnessing a surge in swine flu cases this year with 11,752 people testing …more

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USA: New Pennsylvania school vaccination rules take effect this year

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

New school vaccination requirements in Pennsylvania will go into effect in August, and that could mean students without the required doses may be asked to go home. The new requirements primarily affect students entering kindergarten, seventh grade and 12th grade.  …more

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France: Vaccins obligatoires – une clause d’exemption en réflexion

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

Le gouvernement travaille sur l’instauration d’une clause d’exemption pour les parents farouchement opposés à la vaccination de leurs enfants, dans le cadre de son texte de loi qui rendra obligatoires onze vaccins, a indiqué aujourd’hui la ministre de la Santé Agnès …more

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Syria, Pakistan: New polio cases

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

Another child in Raqqa, the ISIS-held city in Syria, is paralyzed after being infected with vaccine-derived polio virus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This is the second case in Raqqa reported in recent weeks. To date, there have …more

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USA: ‘We’ve said for a long time that this was going to happen’ – a Q&A with Patsy Stinchfield on Minnesota’s measles epidemic

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

Minnesota’s measles epidemic is not yet over. “We had reached a lull in the outbreak, with no new exposures being recorded for more than a week,” wrote Doug Schultz, a spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), in an e-mail exchange …more

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South Africa: Bird flu toughens live chicken sales

Posted on 4 Jul, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News
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Australia: Doctors fear people will die as NSW faces its worst flu season on record and electricity prices soar

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

Doctors fear people will die as the state faces its worst flu season on record and soaring electricity prices leave many unable to afford to turn on heating. The chance of death is 50 per cent higher when temperatures fall …more

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Saudi Arabia: bans import of poultry from Belgium on bird flu fears

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

Saudi Arabia has temporarily banned the import of poultry meat and eggs and their products from Belgium over concerns of bird flu. The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) claimed that the ban was based on a warning issued by …more

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Belgium: Decision by Europe’s top court alarms vaccine experts

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

Did the European Union’s highest court just deal a blow to science? “Vaccines can be blamed for illness without scientific proof,” read many headlines about the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ’s) ruling on the case of a French man who claimed that a hepatitis B vaccine …more

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Pakistan: Polio worker shot dead in Kalu Khan, Swabi

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

Unknown motorcyclists on Saturday gunned down a polio worker in Kalu Khan area of Swabi on Saturday, police said. According to police, Shohail Ahmad was returning home after performing duty at the Naranjay Health Center when unknown armed men ridding …more

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India: Fake vaccination certificate racket under police’s radar

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

AURANGABAD: The city police have launched a probe into the forgery of vaccination certificates racket. These certificates are a must for those travelling abroad. The said racket is being run in connivance with a set of medical professionals, from within …more

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Italy: Measles takes the lives of two Italians

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

n Italy, since the beginning of this year, measles has already claimed the lives of 2 individuals. The total number of cases were reported as being 3,232 with 88% not having been vaccinated. Complications were recorded in 35% of those …more

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Brazil: Why Brazilian ranchers are seeking vaccination overhaul after US ban on beef

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

Cattle ranchers in Brazil are demanding an overhaul of the vaccination program against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), including suspending it in some parts of the country, to tackle health problems raised by the United States last week when it …more

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Syria: Health workers rush to vaccinate 320000 children amid sudden polio outbreak

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

Health officials in Syria are scrambling to urgently vaccinate 320,000 children in some of the country’s most difficult to access areas, following an outbreak of polio that has left at least 22 children paralysed. Health workers will likely have to coordinate with Isis …more

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Canada: Vaccination Resilience – Building and Sustaining Confidence in and Demand for Vaccination

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

In this commentary, Eve Dubé and Noni E. MacDonald argue that the emphasis on vaccine hesitancy – a term used to refer to those who occupy the middle of a continuum between those who refuse all vaccines with conviction and …more

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USA: Maine Has Its First Confirmed Measles Case In 20 Years — & That’s A Big Deal

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

For the first time since 1997, someone in Maine has caught the measles, according to the state’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The department tweeted out a news release Tuesday saying that the person who got the disease was infected …more

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France: 200 grands médecins s’engagent en faveur de la vaccination obligatoire

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

Dans une pétition lancée dans «Le Parisien», 200 grands médecins prennent position en faveur de la vaccination obligatoire. Ils soutiennent le projet de la ministre de la Santé, Agnès Buzyn, d’élargir la couverture vaccinale à onze pathologies. Pétition en faveur de …more

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USA: Facebook had a plan to promote flu shots, but pulled the plug

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

In 2013, Facebook was collaborating with researchers on a major campaign to encourage its users to get flu shots, but scrapped the plan for unknown reasons in 2014 after months of work had been done, according to a person with …more

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France: «Au sujet des vaccins, l’obligation n’est pas la solution»

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

Ceci est une lettre à notre nouvelle ministre de la santé. La vaccination est la plus belle victoire de la médecine. La plupart des vaccins affichent un ratio bénéfices/risques largement supérieur à tous les autres médicaments et présentent un coût …more

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Polio Eradication Hopes and Fears: What Next?

Posted on 27 Jun, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Blog

See original post published by The Communication Initiative Coauthors: Heidi Larson & Will Schulz 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 the …more

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Germany: Advocating for vaccination in a climate of science denial

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

In many countries, the success of misinformation, alternative facts or fake news is promoting a climate of science denial, where false claims such as vaccination causing autism can spread. Learning lessons from behavioural studies can help advocate for vaccination in …more

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USA: John Oliver Takes a Jab at Anti-Vaxxers on “Last Week Tonight”

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

John Oliver took a poke at the anti-vaccine movement on Last Week Tonight. He argued that people seem to forget how well vaccines work, because people don’t bother posting Facebook updates like, “I didn’t get polio again today!” Now, while …more

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Romania: Measles outbreak kills 30

Posted on 25 Jun, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

BUCHAREST: A measles outbreak affecting several European countries has killed 30 people in Romania, most of them children, health authorities in Bucharest said on Friday. More than 7,200 people in the European Union’s second-poorest country have contracted the illness since …more

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India: H1N1 bigger killer than dengue and malaria

Posted on 25 Jun, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

he H1N1 influenza virus which entered the list of infectious diseases with a global pandemic in 2009, has overtaken dengue and malaria to become the biggest killer among seasonal ailments in Maharashtra. Since its appearance, the viral infection has claimed …more

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USA: Increase in pertussis linked to nonmedical vaccine exemptions, waning immunity

Posted on 25 Jun, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Data from five U.S. states with a high incidence rate of pertussis revealed geospatial links between nonmedical vaccine exemptions among kindergarteners and illnesses among children and young adolescents. In addition, Carlin Aloe, of Harvard University Extension School, and colleagues also …more

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Australia: Queensland babies on waiting list for tuberculosis vaccine

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

JUST a year after the Queensland Government introduced its “no jab, no play” policy in a bid to combat anti-vaxxers, it has emerged 5000 of the state’s children are on a waiting list for a tuberculosis vaccine. The deadly disease …more

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Belgium: EU Court – Vaccines Can Be Blamed for Illnesses Without Proof

Posted on 24 Jun, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Netherlands: Fewer children in the Netherlands vaccinated for the third year in a row

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

The number of babies and children in the Netherlands being given the standard childhood vaccinations has fallen by 0.5% for the third year in a row, health minister Edith Schippers has told MPs. Schippers said she has commissioned the public …more

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Korea: Vaccine experts in Seoul to examine ways to expand immunization benefits

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

More than 100 medical doctors and vaccine experts from all over the world gathered in Seoul on Wednesday to examine ways to improve vaccine management, and called for concerted efforts on extend benefits of immunization around the world. The international …more

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DR Congo: Polio outbreak ‘from poor vaccine coverage’

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

Two outbreaks of polio have been identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a blow to the goal of wiping out the disease from the world. The World Health Organization said there was a high risk the vaccine-derived virus …more

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USA: AMA backs evidence-based vaccine policy, opposes new commission

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

At the 2017 AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago, the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) adopted policies aimed at protecting children’s health by addressing vaccine policy, the rising incidence of myopia, lead poisoning and ocular burns from liquid laundry packets. It …more

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France: Vaccination des enfants – comment font les autres pays?

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

Etats-Unis Une série de vaccins (rougeole-oreillons-rubéole, tétanos-diphtérie-coqueluche, poliomyélite, varicelle, hépatite B, hépatite A, pneumocoques, papillomavirus) sont recommandés pour les enfants entre la naissance et six ans, plus une vaccination annuelle contre la grippe à partir de six mois. Aucune loi …more

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India: Delay in ‘Made in India’ chikungunya vaccine, researchers seek government intervention

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

NEW DELHI: India offers a rare ray of hope for an indigenously-made vaccine against chikungunya, but delay in finding volunteers is impeding its development. With chikungunya spreading very fast in the country, researchers are seeking urgent government intervention for speedy …more

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Germany: When Parents Force the Government’s Hand on Vaccines

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

Germany is in the midst of a measles epidemic. By mid-April this year, the country had suffered 504 cases of measles, compared with 33 in the same period a year earlier. It isn’t a trivial infection measles often causes dehydration …more

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Ukraine: Reports hundreds of measles cases, vaccination rates low

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

Ukraine has reported an increase in measles cases in 2017, according to the Public Health Center (PHC) of Ukraine Thursday (computer translated). Image/CIA The current case count stands at 735, and the vaccination rates are very poor, according to health …more

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Canada: Whooping cough outbreak expands across southern Alberta as cases rise provincewide

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

Alberta Health Services (AHS) says a whooping cough outbreak in southern Alberta has now impacted 38 people. The outbreak was originally declared last week after 17 cases were detected in communities with low immunizaton rates. “This outbreak is in the …more

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France: La ministre de la santé veut rendre 11 vaccins obligatoires pour les enfants

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

“Nous réfléchissons à rendre obligatoires, pour une durée limitée, les onze vaccins destinés aux enfants”. En une phrase, Agnès Buzyn sait qu’elle vient de se placer au centre d’un vaste débat. Comme il en est toujours le cas dès qu’il …more

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Pakistan: Polio eradication a national imperative, Ayesha tells global forum

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

Polio eradication has become our national imperative and enjoys broad political and popular support. This is backed up by a direct financial contribution of US $154 million and substantial indirect contribution of $100 million made each year in government and …more

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UK: European Medicines Agency – Staying consistent in a turbulent time

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

With Brexit looming, the future of the EMA headquarters in London has been cast in doubt. Pharmafocus spoke to Marie-Agnes Heine, Head of the Communication Department, and Juan García Burgos, Head of the Public Engagement Department, to discuss the medical …more

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USA: Colorado Springs-area vaccination rates lag behind state average

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

Students in the Pikes Peak region’s 17 public school districts collectively lag behind the statewide average of students who have up-to-date childhood immunizations, according to new data the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released Tuesday. Locally, 89.5 percent …more

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Nigeria: Nigerian Officials Fear Deadly Meningitis Epidemic as Vaccines Run Short

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

DAKAR, June 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hit by one of its deadliest meningitis outbreaks in years, with more than 1,000 deaths, Nigeria could struggle to contain future epidemics due to a shortage of vaccines, health experts said. Africa’s most …more

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Sweden: Stop Measles Parties before more children suffer

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

Mässlingsparty – ett kalas där föräldrar smittar varandras barn med mässling. Låter det för absurt för att vara sant? I en stor Facebookgrupp skriver en mamma: “Om någon vill få sina barn smittade är det bara att komma hit” (GT …more

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India: New Zika cases in India must be reported

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

India has officially reported three cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the cases, which included a 34-year-old new mother and a 22-year-old pregnant woman, had been detected in Ahmedabad in Gujarat. The cases have …more

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India: Tamil Nadu makes vaccinations mandatory for school students, but parents still have safety concerns

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

The Tamil Nadu government announced last week that all students of private and public schools would have to receive vaccinations under the national immunisation programme, irrespective of their personal and cultural beliefs. The decision follows the refusal earlier this year …more

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Syria: Polio outbreak reported

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

An outbreak of vaccine-related polio cases has been reported in war-torn Syria, the World Health Organization announced Thursday — another hurdle for a nearly 30-year eradication effort that has seen more than its share of setbacks. Two children in the …more

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Longitudinal Trends in Vaccine Hesitancy in a Cohort of Mothers Surveyed in Washington State, 2013-2015

Posted on 11 Jun, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Semantic network analysis of vaccine sentiment in online social media

Posted on 11 Jun, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Maternal Attitudes and Other Factors Associated with Infant Vaccination Status in the United States, 2011-2014

Posted on 11 Jun, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature

Objective To assess the role of maternal attitudes and other factors associated with infant vaccination status. Study design Data on reported vaccination status were analyzed from a nationally representative prospective survey of mothers of 2- to 6-month-old infants. Weighted univariate …more

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Austria: Parents eye Austrian asylum in Italy vaccination dispute

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

A group of German-speaking parents in northern Italy are so angry about a new requirement to get their children vaccinated that they plan to seek asylum in nearby Austria. The 130 families live in Alto Adige – also known as …more

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UK: The Virome and the Anti-vaccination Debate

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

The debate about childhood vaccination is intriguing for many reasons, but one aspect that stands out is the fact that more and more parents refuse to have their children vaccinated despite a strong scientific consensus on the benefits and the …more

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Italy: Italy has introduced mandatory vaccinations. Here’s why other countries should follow suit

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

In the first four months of this year, around 1,500 cases of measles were reported in Italy. As a response to the outbreak, the Italian government introduced a lawmaking 12 vaccinations mandatory for preschool and school-age children. Parents will have …more

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Australia: Childhood vaccination rates still around 50 per cent in northern NSW town of Mullumbimby

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

A senior New South Wales Health official says she is heartened by the latest childhood vaccination figures, despite rates hovering around 50 per cent in parts of the state’s north coast. Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare …more

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USA: Why Are We So Obsessed with What’s ‘Natural’?

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

In a 2015 interview with PBS Frontline, Jenny McCarthy discussed her views on the cause of her son’s seizures and other health problems as an “overload” of “toxins.” According to McCarthy, the “dysfunction” her son was caused by a “toxin …more

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USA: Minnesota health leaders ask imams to push for vaccination

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

With another three weeks of Ramadan and its gatherings, health care workers in Minnesota say they’re seeking help from religious leaders to control the state’s measles outbreak, which has hit the Muslim Somali community the hardest. About 40 percent of …more

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India: ‘Immunise Kochi’ plan to get fillip

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

The Health Department in association with the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP), Kerala, and the district unit of the National Health Mission (NHM) will take up the plan for achieving 100% immunisation with the District Collector on Monday. The ‘Immunise …more

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Incidence of influenza virus infection among pregnant women: a systematic review

Posted on 4 Jun, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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South Sudan: Mishandled Measles Vaccine Kills 15 Children

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

http://www.afro.who.int/en/ssd/news/item/9677-statement-regarding-findings-of-joint-investigation-of-15-deaths-of-children-in-nachodokopele-village-kapoeta-east-county-in-south-sudan.html   1 June 2017 | An investigation into the cause of the death of 15 children in rural and remote Nachodokopele village, Kauto County in South Sudan by the National Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) Committee, supported by WHO and UNICEF …more

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Lessons learnt from human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in 45 low- and middle-income countries

Posted on 3 Jun, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Pakistan: Refusals continue to perturb authorities in fight against polio

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

The provincial authorities are perturbed over a high number of refusals during anti-polio campaigns despite all-out efforts to raise awareness regarding vaccination, it emerged on Wednesday. “Number of refusals remains high despite all efforts; yet we are doing our best …more

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Romania: Romania measles outbreak update – 27th possible death being investigated

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

In a follow-up on the large measles outbreak in Romania, the National Center for Surveillance and Control of Communicable Diseases (computer translated) puts the outbreak case count at 6,434 confirmed cases since last September. The number of measles-related fatalities are confirmed …more

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DRC: Approves use of Ebola vaccine

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

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has approved the use of the experimental Ebola vaccine, rVSV-ZEBOV, while a new study on the vaccine showed overall good safety data, but with possible effects on joints. The Merck vaccine has not …more

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Italy: Vaccino Hpv – dal complottismo della Rai al moralismo della stampa cattolica

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

Alcune settimane fa il Papillomavirus umano (Hpv), o meglio il vaccino contro di esso, è stato oggetto di una controversa puntata della trasmissione Report in cui se ne metteva in dubbio l’efficacia e se ne ipotizzava perfino la dannosità, il tutto in totale assenza di contraddittorio …more

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Oman: Vaccination date for Haj pilgrims extended by Ministry

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

Muscat: The vaccination period for Haj pilgrims has been extended by the Ministry of Health, officials have announced. The Ministry of Health, along with the Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs (MERA), has agreed to extend the period of medical …more

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USA: Health & Science Imams take on the anti-vaccine movement during Ramadan

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

Minnesota’s measles outbreak is about to exceed the total number of cases reported in the entire United States last year, with no sign of slowing. Health officials worry that the start of the holy month of Ramadan, which began Friday …more

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Increase in vaccination coverage between subsequent generations of orthodox Protestants in The Netherlands

Posted on 28 May, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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USA: Vaccination controversy hits House of Representatives with pair of bills

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

Michigan won’t change immunizations policies Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau , WZZM 6:21 PM. EDT May 26, 2017   The controversy over vaccinating children reached Lansing on Thursday when some Republican lawmakers wanted to eliminate rules that require parents …more

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New Zealand: Anti-vaccination film not turning people away from immunisation says advisory centre

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

The anti-vaccination film Vaxxed which has caused an uproar this week isn’t turning people away from immunisation, according to the Immunisation Advisory Centre. Northland doctor and former New Zealander of the year Lance O’Sullivan this week had a heated exchange …more

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Taiwan: WHO must include Taiwan to be prepared for an influenza pandemic

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

Disease knows no borders. Only by working together, leaving no one out, can we adequately address the challenges of emerging infectious diseases which have been made all the more complex by the effects of globalization. As influenza viruses are constantly …more

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Germany: German kindergartens to name parents who skip vaccine advice

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

The German government wants kindergartens to inform authorities if parents fail to prove they have attended a doctors’ consultation on child vaccinations. The measure is part of a government effort to improve vaccination rates in the country. These have dropped …more

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USA: Why science denial isn’t necessarily ideological

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

Annie Murphy Paul, the author of “Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives,” is a science writer at work on a book about the extended mind. Science is taking it from all sides these days. …more

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Pakistan: Refusal cases in Fata against polio vaccine cut drastically

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

ESHAWAR: Disappearance of militants as a result of military operation has paved the way for health workers to put brakes on refusals against the anti-polio oral vaccines by parents in Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Fata, which usually recorded about 50,000 …more

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Switzerland: Dr. Margaret Chan’s last address to World Health Assembly

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

Address to the 70th World Health Assembly by Dr. Margaret Chan Madame President, Excellencies, honorable ministers, ambassadors, distinguished delegates, friends and colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, I thank Member States for the trust shown when you appointed me as your Director-General …more

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Canada: Parents’ reasons for not vaccinating children influence public attitudes toward them

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

Mothers are viewed negatively if their child hasn’t been vaccinated, no matter the reason. But mothers who outright refuse to vaccinate their children are viewed in a harsher light compared to those who delay vaccines because of safety concerns or …more

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Ireland: Number of young girls receiving HPV vaccine slowly rising but doctors still worried

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

THE FALLING NUMBER of young girls receiving the HPV vaccine has steadied much to the HSE’s relief but the World Health Organisation (WHO) is still very concerned about Ireland’s attitude to the medicine. Late last week, it emerged that provisional figures …more

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Malaysia: Vaccines not wrong from the Islamic perspective

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

Kota Kinabalu: Immunisation is permissible from the Islamic perspective, said Islamic affairs senior officer Al-Fadhil Ustaz Md Razali Saibin of Universiti Malaysia Sabah’s Islamic Centre. The dependence on one’s own immune system, as advocated by the anti-vaccine group, is not …more

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France: Controversial Anti-Vaccine Doc ‘Vaxxed’ Gets Secret Cannes Screening

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

After sparking outrage on both side of the vaccination debate last year, Cinema Libre already has secured distribution deals for the film in Italy, Germany, Poland and China. Controversial documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is getting a secret Cannes …more

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Community engagement and integrated health and polio immunisation campaigns in conflict-affected areas of Pakistan: a cluster randomised controlled tria

Posted on 21 May, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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USA:The Anti-Vaccine And Anti-GMO Movements Are Inextricably Linked And Cause Preventable Suffering

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

  Kavin Senapathy ,       Activists carry signs during a protest against genetically modified organisms. RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images The thoroughly answered question of whether vaccines cause autism isn’t really a question outside of conspiracy-theorist circles. The body of …more

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USA: Anti-vaccine activists are playing with fire in Minnesota

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

“They are everywhere. Like, every event, every forum.” This is how anti-vaccine activists were described by a community outreach worker in Minneapolis, where the Somali-American population was systematically and incessantly warned against vaccines. Activists including Andrew Wakefield — who published a fraudulent paper …more

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Italy: Italy passes law obliging parents to vaccinate children

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

Italy’s cabinet approved a law on Friday obliging parents to vaccinate their children against infectious diseases as politicians spar over a spike in measles cases. Children up to six years old will now need to be immunised to be eligible …more

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Australia: Vaccination debate – Warning over no-vax playgroup advertised in Perth

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

WA’s peak medical body warns parents considering joining a no-vaccination playgroup advertised on social media that the consequences of a disease outbreak could be severe for their kids and the community. Western Australia’s peak medical body has warned parents considering …more

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Italy: Vaccini, la mappa dell’Italia che rinuncia a proteggersi

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

Appena 150 comuni protetti dal morbillo, una 70ina al sicuro dalla meningite. Su un totale che sfiora gli 8mila. Il Paese è l’Italia, l’anno il 2015. L’ultimo su cui abbiamo informazioni complete per tutto il territorio. E i dati sono quelli …more

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USA: Children of immunizing parents three times more likely to receive seasonal influenza vaccine

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

Children whose parents had received an influenza vaccine are 2.77 times more likely to be immunized against seasonal influenza and were more likely to be compliant with other recommended immunizations, including HPV, according to recent study findings. “Most parents voluntarily …more

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“Retro Report” Featuring Heidi Larson and Larry Brilliant

Posted on 16 May, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Blog

The New York Times “Retro Report,” features Heidi Larson and Larry Brilliant discussing  two eradication efforts – the programmes to eradicate Smallpox and Polio. The report examines the challenges of  politics and public mistrust in achieving disease control. When facing threats as …more

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India: ‘Infertility’ from vaccine rumour creates panic in schools in Lower Assam

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

Rumours on social media urging parents not to get their children vaccinated against Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is threatening state health department’s campaign to eliminate the disease.  Though there is no specific vaccination programme being carried out in schools, parents and …more

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Italy: Italy is set to make vaccinations for school children compulsory

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

Italy is set to ban non-vaccinated children from starting state schools “by the end of next week”, according to the country’s health minister. Beatrice Lorenzin said on Friday she had presented a white paper on the issue to the cabinet and that it …more

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Nigeria: More than 1,000 dead from meningitis as vaccination campaign struggles to keep up

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

The death toll from a meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has passed 1,000 as a vaccination program struggles to keep up with demand in Africa’s most populous country. Nigeria had recorded a total of 13,420 suspected cases as of May 8, …more

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USA: Researchers have ditched the autism-vaccine theory. Here’s what they think actually causes it.

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

Of all the issues doctors have explored in children’s health, none has been more exhaustively researched than the question of whether vaccines are linked to autism. After hundreds and hundreds of studies in thousands of children, “We can say with …more

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Australia: How Twitter more accurately maps vaccination coverage than census data

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

Julie Leask is used to the cacophonous vaccination echo chambers on social media. The barrage of anti-vaccination activists, the scaremongering and conspiracy theories sloshing up against vaccine advocates and public health campaigns.  But every now and then, a tweet cuts through …more

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UK: Watchdog scrutinises charity linked to disgraced ex-doctor Andrew Wakefield

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

The Charity Commission has demanded to see the missing accounts of a medical charity linked to the disgraced former doctor Andrew Wakefield. The regulator has also asked Visceral, a British charity, to explain the nature of its relationship with Mr …more

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Denmark: Side-effects stories affecting HPV vaccination numbers

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

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection. It can cause health problems, including genital warts and cervical cancer. There are vaccines that can prevent these health problems, but increasingly, Danish parents are having doubts about getting their daughters …more

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USA: Right wing tries to seize on Minnesota Somali measles outbreak

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

For the second time in six years, the Somali-American community in Minnesota is in the midst of a measles outbreak. With more than 40 cases of the disease reported in the last month, health officials fear this one may prove …more

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Canada: Ontario teacher guilty of pushing anti-vaccine views suspended for talking to media

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

An Ontario high school science teacher who was found guilty of professional misconduct after pushing anti-vaccination views says he was suspended without pay for three days for speaking to the media about the case. Timothy Sullivan said he received a …more

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Nigeria: Obstacles to effective vaccination campaigns in Nigeria

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

All along, governments all over the word have contin­ued to embark upon routine and special immunisation and vac­cination campaigns aimed at for­tifying the recipients of such vac­cines against killer-diseases of public health importance. In Nigeria, immu­nisation campaigns have been taking …more

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UK: Trump, Vaccine Conspiracy and the Ex-Doctor Who Milked a Charity for Own Salary

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

Monday night Channel 4 in the UK broadcast a documentary “Trump, The Doctor and the Vaccine Scandal”, Filmed over three months it showed  the influence on Trump of the fraudulent ex-doctor Andrew Wakefield and the use Wakefield is making of …more

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Pakistan: Study shows how to run successful anti-polio campaign in Pakistan

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

Pakistan, like the rest of the world, can effectively address the challenges posed by polio, especially in its conflict-hit areas, by introducing community-based strategies and integrating campaigns aimed at eradicating polio with maternal health services and routine immunisation. This is …more

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Oman: Where we must vaccinate

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

With measles outbreaks currently spreading across Europe and the Midwestern United States, and meningitis infecting U.S. college students, health experts are doing something they never thought they’d have to do in early 2017: reminding people in developed countries that vaccines …more

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USA: Anti-vaccine groups step up outreach to Minnesota Somali families over measles outbreak

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

As Minnesota confronts its second measles outbreak in seven years, public health officials are battling to contain the disease while also trying to educate parents in the face of an organized opposition. As happened in 2011, anti-vaccine activists are reaching …more

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Nigeria: Battles to beat polio and Boko Haram

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

he man sporting a giant purple bottom adorned with a swinging horse tail is chanting to the beat of the drummers, his blue-painted face sweating copiously. Children delightedly race around the colourful clown. All except Ismail, 13, who watches from …more

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Health workers’ attitudes, perceptions and knowledge of influenza immunization in Lima, Peru: A mixed methods study

Posted on 7 May, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Research Ethics Governance in Times of Ebola

Posted on 7 May, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Ethics, MOOC, Symposium Post
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Cholera vaccination: pregnant women excluded no more

Posted on 7 May, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Application of real-time global media monitoring and ‘derived questions’ for enhancing communication by regulatory bodies: the case of human papillomavirus vaccines

Posted on 7 May, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Ireland: Dublin screening of anti-vaccine film sparks protests

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

An autism rights advocate has called on the Minister for Health to introduce legislation to end the scaremongering of parents not to vaccinate their children following the screening of a controversial anti-vaccine documentary in Dublin. Fiona Petit O’Leary, who has …more

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UK: Statin side-effects only felt by those who believe in them

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

Researchers hope study will end debate around drugs, which could benefit over six million more UK patients   Statins are typically prescribed to help lower levels of low-density lipoprotein, or ‘bad cholesterol’, to reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. …more

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Italy: Measles cases rise fivefold as vaccination argument turns political

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

Measles cases rose more than fivefold across Italy in April compared to the same month last year, according to National Health Institute figures which were released as the debate over the growing anti-vaccine movement heated up. And one children’s hospital …more

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USA: Pertussis outbreak confirmed in multiple schools in east Alabama

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

he Alabama Department of Public Health’s Immunization Division is investigating an outbreak of six laboratory-confirmed cases of pertussis at multiple schools in Chambers County. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory and reportable disease in Alabama, …more

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Guinea: WHO Chief Praises Guineans for Help With Ebola Vaccine

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

The head of the World Health Organization praised Guineans on Thursday for their role in helping to develop a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus, as Guinea’s president said he hoped the vaccine eventually could be produced in Africa. During …more

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USA: Anti-vaccine activists spark a state’s worst measles outbreak in decades

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

The young mother started getting advice early on from friends in the close-knit Somali immigrant community here. Don’t let your children get the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella — it causes autism, they said. Suaado Salah listened. And this …more

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Australia: No Jab No Pay Gets Tougher

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

Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will have their fortnightly family benefits docked under a new Federal Government immunisation push. The AMA sees no problem with the new measure, saying vaccinating children is a public health priority and that …more

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India: Rumours hit immunisation programme in Muslim-dominated Mewat

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

Haryana’s Muslim-dominated Mewat district has the lowest immunisation rate among children under the age of 6 years, which is a matter of concern for the authorities who are now trying to rope in clerics to address the situation. The immunisation …more

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Iran: Soul-searching scientists struggle to get message across

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

“We mortals do not understand you.” That’s the heartfelt cry from former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, pleading with scientists to use everyday language to help counter growing public mistrust. Figueres was giving one explanation of why scientists are struggling …more

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USA: Who’s Fueling Conspiracy Whisperers’ Falsehoods?

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

Italians have a word for it: dietrologia. Pronounced dee-EH-tro-lo-GEE-ah, it derives from the word for “behind.” It is the study of what lurks behind everything — dietro. For many Italians, truth is rarely so careless as to lie on the …more

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USA: Local Somalis believe measles vaccine causes autism

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

A local pediatrician says she’s spent a lot of time trying to convince local somali parents to have their children vaccinated against the measles. Dr. KerriAnn Mahon (man) at ACMC says notorious anti-vaccine zealot Andrew Wakefield and others have spent …more

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Italy: Populism, Politics and Measles

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

One of the tragedies of these post-truth times is that the lies, conspiracy theories and illusions spread by social media and populist politicians can be downright dangerous. The denial of human responsibility for climate change is one obvious example; another …more

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Denmark: Princess Mary has an important message for anti-vaxxers

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

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has spoken out in favour of vaccinations, urging people everywhere to “save lives” and make immunisation a “lifelong responsibility.” The 45-year-old tackled the contentious topic in a World Health Organisation video, released ahead of this …more

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India: MR Vaccine Drive Is the Only Way to Protect Babies From Fatal CRS

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

A recent incident in the country has perfectly exemplified the importance of driving awareness about vaccination and the value of immunisation for the public. Early this February, India launched an ambitious campaign to vaccinate children across the country against two …more

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Senegal: To introduce HPV Vaccine to Battle Cervical Cancer

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

 Cervical cancer is preventable, yet it remains the most common type of cancer in Africa, the World Health Organization says. WHO data show that Senegal currently has one of the world’s highest rates of the disease, with over 1,400 new …more

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India: Alarming rise in H1N1 incidence

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

Prevalence has risen from 1% last year to 27% A wave of H1N1 influenza illness is sweeping across all South Indian States this year and cases have been on the rise in Kerala too since January. So far (till April …more

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The science of persuasion

Posted on 30 Apr, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Implementation science: Relevance in the real world without sacrificing rigor

Posted on 30 Apr, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Implementing the communication for development strategy to improve knowledge and coverage of measles vaccination in western Chinese immunization programs

Posted on 30 Apr, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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US: Supply Of Yellow Fever Vaccine Will Run Out By Midsummer

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

Come July, the yellow fever vaccine could be tough to find. So, if you’re traveling this summer to a place with the disease, you probably want to schedule a trip to a clinic sooner rather than later, the Centers for …more

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Switzerland: WHO urges polio vaccine dose cut amid global shortage

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

GENEVA: Faced with a shortage of polio vaccine, the World Health Organization urged countries on Friday (Apr 28) to resort to smaller, fractional doses to ward off outbreaks of the crippling disease. “We do have a problem with the vaccine …more

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USA: Vaccines on trial – Court separates fact from fiction

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

Leah Durant was cleaning the unfinished basement of her home in Falls Church, Virginia, one day in October 2010 when she scraped her hand on a rusty nail. Not long after, the then-37-year-old lawyer was seated in her doctor’s office, …more

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Portugal: Measles – 24 confirmed cases, one fatality

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

The number of confirmed cases of measles this year in Portugal has gone up to 24, with another 12 under investigation, the health department said this week. Nine of the adult cases are health care workers. A 17-year-old girl died …more

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India: World Immunisation Week – Rumours becoming the biggest hurdles to immunisation in India

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

Rumours are the biggest hurdles to immunization. A video claiming immunization made children infertile and impotent went viral in Mewat in Haryana and forced the government to scrap its immunization drive last month under Mission Indradhanush, NDA’s flagship programme that …more

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UK: The rise of the anti-vaccine movement and what it means for public health

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

Vaccines are widely seen as one of the greatest inventions in medical history. By introducing an agent into the body that resembles a microorganism – from polio to measles or smallpox – vaccines have saved millions of lives. Annually, an …more

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USA: Facebook’s new anti-fake news strategy is not going to work – but something else might

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

Have you seen some “tips to spot fake news” on your Facebook newsfeed recently? Over the past year, the social media company has been scrutinized for influencing the US presidential election by spreading fake news (propoganda). Obviously, the ability to …more

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Somalia: World’s mushrooming cities pose big vaccination challenges

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

Rapid urban growth poses a big challenge for efforts to vaccinate the world’s poorest children and increases the risk of rapidly spreading disease outbreaks, the head of immunisation at the UN children’s agency said. A growing number of unvaccinated children …more

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Nigeria: Katsina Communities Reject Polio Immunisation Over ‘Lack of Amenities’

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

There are strong indications that Katsina communities are resisting Polio immunisation over non-provision of social amenities by the state government. Members of Ward Development Committee, WDC, disclosed this in a chat with newsmen in Katsina, yesterday. The communities include Yashi, …more

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Belgium: Anti-vaccine groups act as early warning sign against epidemics

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

For some people the issue of vaccination isn’t about facts, it’s a matter of faith, and this unshakable belief has become an opportunity for health workers to prepare for potential outbreaks. In 2015, a child died of diphtheria in Spain, while …more

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ECDC launches Vaccine Hesitancy Catalogue of Interventions

Posted on 26 Apr, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Blog

On the occasion of 2017 Immunization Week,  ECDC has launched a new catalogue with  tools and information resources to support EU/EEA countries in addressing the challenging issue of vaccine hesitancy. The catalogue provides examples of practices that can serve as …more

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USA: 20 measles cases prompts warning from Minnesota officials

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

Minnesota health officials are asking parents and medical workers to be on the lookout after 20 children have come down with measles in Hennepin County. The state Department of Health requests people watch for potential cases and help make sure …more

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Cholera vaccination: pregnant women excluded no more

Posted on 25 Apr, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Estonia: Number of unvaccinated children on rise in Estonia

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

Despite the fact that a number of serious infectious diseases have been beaten due to vaccination, there has been a steady increase in the number of parents refusing vaccination and number of children being left unprotected from various diseases. “While …more

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USA: 7 takeaways from the March for Science

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

Perhaps it was fitting that it poured rain on the March for Science here. The rallies and marches Saturday — with hundreds of thousands of people attending events around the world — served as a turning point for scientists, when …more

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Sweden: Vaccination gaps lead to dangerous measles outbreaks in Europe – ECDC

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

Gaps in vaccination coverage against measles have led to several outbreaks of the highly-contagious disease in Europe in the past year, with both children and young adults affected, health officials said on Monday. During the first two months of 2017, …more

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Pakistan: Refusal cases in Islamabad may dent anti-polio efforts

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

Though polio vaccine has been scientifically proven risk-free, it is quite worrisome that some highly-educated and well-to-do families are constantly refusing to administer anti-polio drops to their children in the federal capital. As the federal and provincial governments are striving …more

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Ireland: ‘Fake news’ behind declining vaccine uptake in Ireland, IMO president warns

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

The president of the Irish Medical Organisation has said that ‘fake news’ is playing a role in declining vaccine uptake in Ireland. Dr. Ann Hogan was making her inaugural speech as President of the IMO at the organisation’s AGM in …more

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Romania: 22 measles deaths in current outbreak

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

Romania reports 22 measles deaths in current outbreak by NEWS DESK April 22, 2017 The number of measles fatalities in the Romanian outbreak has grown to 22, according to health officials. Between Jan. 2016 and Apr. 14,  2017, Romania has reported 4,793 …more

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HPV vaccine awareness and the association of trust in cancer information from physicians among males

Posted on 23 Apr, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Undervaccination with diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine: National (Taiwan) trends and association with pertussis risk in young children

Posted on 23 Apr, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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USA: In measles outbreak, a misconception about vaccines still plagues Somali community

Posted on 22 Apr, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News
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USA: Georgia leads nation in vaccination rates despite opposition movement 6

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

Georgia leads the country when it comes to early childhood vaccinations, according to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control. That’s despite growing opposition from the anti-vaccination movement: People who believe childhood vaccinations can be linked to autism and other conditions. …more

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USA: Donald Trump Should Not Appoint a Science Adviser

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

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has been headless since Donald Trump moved into the White House. The vacancy is a problem: Trump appears to know even less about science than he knows about diplomacy or the …more

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Italy: Measles outbreak surging in Italy as officials urge confidence in vaccines

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

An outbreak of measles is spreading across Italy, with more than 1,600 cases of the disease reported in 2017, across 19 of the country’s 21 regions. The outbreak adds to concern among European health officials who have been monitoring an …more

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Malaysia: Immunise your children, urges Mah as TB cases rise in Perak

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

There is a rising number of tuberculosis cases in the state, with 11 students at a boarding school here diagnosed with the disease recently. State Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said there were 1,666 cases recorded last …more

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USA: California immunization rates hit new highs after state law limits parental exemptions

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

A tougher vaccine law in California that prohibits parents from using personal beliefs to exempt their kids boosted coverage rates significantly in the first school year after its implementation. California’s rate of all-vaccinated kindergarteners grew to 95.6% for the current school year, …more

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Malawi: Cervical cancer silently killing women

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

Every year 1,600 women die of cervical cancer in Malawi. The country has the highest rate of cervical cancer worldwide. JOSEPHINE CHINELE looks at why Malawian women continue to silently die of cervical cancer. THE vaginal discharges became too much …more

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Australia: Inquiry ordered into anti-vax group’s ‘charity’ fundraising

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

An anti-vaccine group that has twice had its charity status either revoked or given up will be investigated by the NSW government over the nature of its fundraising activities. The inquiry, ordered by NSW Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean, …more

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Global Transmission Dynamics of Measles in the Measles Elimination Era

Posted on 17 Apr, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Africa: Sub-Saharan Africa Still Suffers Vaccine Stockouts

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

By Ivan R. Mugisha Why are vaccines often out of stock all over the world, but mostly in sub-Saharan Africa? Blame outdated delivery systems and challenges in vaccine supply chains, says a new report.One in every three countries experiences stockouts …more

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Afghanistan: ‘Americans bomb our children daily, why would they care (about polio)?’

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

Monday 10 April 2017 07.00 BSTLast modified on Monday 10 April 2017 16.49 BST After being denied access by the Taliban for 15 months, health workers this week resumed a vaccination campaign against polio in parts of Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan. …more

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USA: Texas warns about biggest mumps outbreak in 22 years

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

The Texas Department of State Health Services warned this week of multiple ongoing mumps outbreaks. The surge, which includes 221 cases this year, constitutes the highest incidence of mumps in the state in 22 years. Mumps is a contagious disease …more

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Malaysia: Puzzled by parents’ anti-vaccine stand

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

THE reasons behind the increasing number of children in the country who did not receive vaccination are as puzzling as they are surprising. Reports compiled in several states discovered varying reasons that were conservative and feeble despite the many efforts …more

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Cyprus: Measles cases climb across Europe

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

Measles outbreaks across Europe are threatening progress towards eliminating the disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Over 500 cases were reported in January, according to WHO’s office for the region. UN Radio recently reported that majority were found …more

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Bulgaria: New Measles cases reported

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

  The virus is the same the one reported in Romania, the DNA analysis of Bulgaria’s National Centre on Infectious and Parasitic Diseases showed on 31st of March. Many measles cases have been reported in Italy, France and Germany, where …more

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USA: California vaccination rate hits new high after tougher immunization law

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

California’s school vaccination rate is at its highest level since 2001 after the state required almost all public school children to get immunizations. State public health officials released data this week that showed that nearly 96 percent of this year’s …more

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Brazil: ‘We didn’t expect this’ – A historic yellow fever outbreak spreads in Brazil

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

His nicotine-yellow eyes and haunted stare gave José de Moraes the look of a man who had been to the brink of death and back again. “I am debilitated,” he said. A 54-year-old city council employee, de Moraes caught yellow …more

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The Immunity Community: A Community Engagement Strategy for Reducing Vaccine Hesitancy

Posted on 12 Apr, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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USA: Even Scientists Have Trouble With Logic

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

Statistics professor Sander Greenland had just finished lecturing a group of students and doctors at Harvard Medical School about errors researchers make when interpreting evidence. Chatting with me in the hallway afterwards, he brought up an unlikely topic — a celebrity-driven …more

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India: UNICEF reaches out to Islamic civil society to dispel doubts over the measles-rubella vaccine

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

To quell the rumours around the measles-rubella vaccine, UNICEF has reached out to Islamic civil society organisations, religious leaders and academia to create trust and address myths around immunisation. India has one of the largest immunisation programmes in the world, …more

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Australia: Victorian Premier Tells Anti-Vaxxers To ‘Please Go Away’

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

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews shared a post on Facebook yesterday detailing a new initiative that has resulted in an extra 500 pharmacists prepared to give flu shots this season. He had just two rules for anyone wishing to comment on …more

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Romania: Draft bill in Romania – Children need vaccination certificate at school

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

Romania’s Ministry of Health yesterday launched into public debate the new law on vaccination. According to the draft bill, parents will not be penalized if they refuse the immunization of their children, but they must submit vaccination certificates if they …more

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USA: Vashon Island, the place where parents skip jabs

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

There is alarm from some doctors in the US that President Trump could usher in a new era of scepticism about vaccines, which save millions of lives around the world every year. An island in Washington state has some of …more

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USA: ADA – Let CDC review vaccines for safety and effectiveness

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

The ADA has asked President Trump to delegate the task of reviewing the safety and effectiveness of vaccines to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. In an April 7 letter, ADA President Gary L. …more

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Malaysia: 265 parents still refuse to allow kids to be immunised after counselling

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

There are at least 265 parents who stood by their decision to reject vaccination for their children in the state despite efforts to convince them other- wise. Health and education authorities have gone out of their way to advise and …more

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New Zealand: Timaru school says stance on HPV vaccinations is about ‘parental choice’ and ‘student safety’

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

A Timaru primary school’s decision to prevent a vaccine against the Human Papillomas Virus (HPV) from being given to pupils on its grounds has been labelled “disappointing” by the Minister of Health. Grantlea Downs School does not allow the vaccine to be …more

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Afghanistan: ‘Americans bomb our children every day, so why would they care about polio?’

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

Just over a fortnight ago, a 14-month-old girl in the Afghan province of Kunduz was diagnosed with polio. Within days, the Taliban granted health workers access to parts of northern Afghanistan for the first time in 15 months, enabling them …more

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Argentina: “Los que se ven dejados de lado están resentidos con los expertos”

Posted on 9 Apr, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News
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Nigeria: Meningitis outbreak kills 438, as government starts vaccination

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

Death toll from suspected cases of meningitis has reached 438 people in Nigeria, as officials kick off a vaccination campaign aimed at controlling the outbreak. According to a statement issued by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 3,959 suspected …more

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Croatia: Experts warn about importance of vaccination

Posted on 9 Apr, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News
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Literature Literature archive

A.L. Wagner et al. 2017 Vaccine Vol 35: 4362–4367
M Pot,HMvan Keulen, RACRuiter, et al. 2017 Preventive Medicine Volume 100: 41-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.04.005
Henrikson NB, Marcuse EK, et.al. 2017 Public Health Reports 10.1177/0033354917711175

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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