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India: Vaccination Drive Extended After Hitting a Wall in Muslim Pockets

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

    New Delhi: The Centre has extended the duration of its largest vaccination drive – against Measles and Congenital Rubella – due to low coverage, days after reports emerged that anti-vaxxers were using a recent statement by Union Minister …more

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Kenya: WHO and Catholic Church headed for fresh clash over tetanus vaccination

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

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued new guidelines on tetanus vaccination, which could set off another round of controversy with the Catholic Church leadership in Kenya. The WHO has proposed new mass vaccinations for women and girls in Kenya …more

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India: Mission to bust rumours about MR vaccination

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

As rumours continue to fly thick and fast about Union ministry of health’s single vaccination against measles and rubella under the Universal Immunisation Programme targeting kids belonging to a particular community to render them sterile, a businessman from the same …more

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USA: Google Blacklists Natural News, the Web’s Leading Authority on DIY Ebola Vaccines

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

Yesterday, the website Natural News had roughly 140,000 of its pages de-listed from Google. Now, the site’s owner, Mike “The Health Ranger” Adams, is crying foul. He claims that companies like Google are “anti-Trump globalists” who are waging a war …more

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Canada: Ontario science teacher found guilty of misconduct in anti-vaccination case

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

TORONTO — An Ontario science teacher stormed out of a hearing after being found guilty of professional misconduct for telling students vaccines could kill them. An independent disciplinary committee with the Ontario College of Teachers found Timothy C. Sullivan guilty …more

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USA: Religious vaccine exemptions on the rise for New Jersey school kids

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

If you send a child to school in New Jersey, they are required to receive several vaccinations. But there are medical and religious exemptions. Over the past six years, while the number of school children not getting vaccinated for medical …more

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Yemen: Yemen launches polio vaccination drive amid fears disease could reappear

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

Yemen has launched a major polio vaccination campaign amid fears the disease could reappear in the war-ravaged nation, where the health system is on the verge of collapse and aid agencies are warning of famine. The World Health Organization (WHO), …more

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China: H7N9 surge in China prompts high-level call for market closures

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

With the country in its fifth and biggest wave of H7N9 avian flu activity, China’s premier today urged local officials in affected areas to shutter live-poultry markets, with some experts saying the closures are coming too late. In other developments, …more

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A longitudinal study on determinants of HPV vaccination uptake in parents/guardians from different ethnic backgrounds in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Posted on 23 Feb, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Pakistan: Parents warned against en bloc refusal to vaccination

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

The district administration has decided to seek help of the Pakistan Army, police and local councillors in case of en bloc refusal by parents to get polio vaccine administered to their children during the upcoming campaign starting from Feb 27. …more

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USA: Should scientists march? US researchers still debating pros and cons

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

Scientists around the United States are getting ready to do an unprecedented experiment: They plan to march en masse in Washington, D.C., and other cities on April 22, to take a stand for the importance of public policies based on …more

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Stockholm: EU nations report high drug resistance in humans, animals, food

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

A report today from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) shows high levels of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria from humans, animals, and food across Europe, highlighted by “extremely high” multidrug …more

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South Africa: Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine Administered in South Africa

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

The Health Department of the South African North West province will shortly begin administering to school girls the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine free of charge. The first round of the campaign will run until the 28 March 2017, the …more

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Malaysia: Viral social media post on rotavirus outbreak rattles Malacca

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

Health authorities here are investigating the source of a possible rotavirus cluster infection in the state – but advised members of the public not to panic over unfounded social media reports alleging that cases of the disease have been officially …more

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Canada:Why these 2 small towns in southern Alberta have vastly different vaccination rates

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

Erin Henderson’s kids are among a minority in and around the southern Alberta town of Fort Macleod — they’ve been immunized against polio. The mother of four made the decision to take her children for the recommended immunizations after researching …more

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USA:Trump energizes the anti-vaccine movement in Texas

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

The group of 40 people gathered at a popular burger and fish taco restaurant in San Antonio listened eagerly to the latest news about the anti-vaccine fight taking place in the Texas legislature. Some mothers in the group had stopped …more

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China: Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus

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

Between 19 January and 14 February 2017, a total of 304 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection have been reported to WHO from mainland China though the China National IHR focal point. On 19 January 2017, the National Health and …more

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India: Parents stage protest in New Shams School against Rubella Vaccinations; -Students claims themselves to be ‘Completely Fit and Fine’

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

Parent of the students of Shams English Medium school Bhatkal today staged protest against the Vaccinations given to their pupils even after they denied their consent for it, And blamed the management for their ‘Irresponsible attitude’ wherein they went against …more

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Croatia: Due to anti-vaccination conspiracy theories measles returns

Posted on 20 Feb, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Australia: More than 140,000 families cut off from childcare payments for not vaccinating their kids

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

More than 140,000 families have been cut off from receiving childcare benefits for failing to vaccinate their children. The first figures from the Federal Government’s “No jab, no pay” policy show parents in Adelaide city and the Gold Coast Hinterland …more

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Australia: To Tackle Health Myths in a Post-Truth World, We Need to Put Empathy First

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

Researchers have concluded that when it comes to communicating the science behind contentious health issues, the message is we need to show we care before we share. Even if it means weathering a storm of outrage. Whether it’s promoting the merits …more

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India: MR immunization drive – Children in 183 schools in Kalaburagi not vaccinated

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

The measles–rubella (MR) vaccination drive, which entered the 12th day on Sunday, has received mixed response with opposition from parents in 183 schools in the district. District Health and Family Welfare Officer Shivaraj Sajjanshetty addressing presspersons in Kalabuargi on Sunday …more

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UK: Robert De Niro backs cash offer to writers for critical vaccine articles

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

He sat on a panel of speakers led by Bobby Kennedy Jr, who urged the media to scrutinise the use of thimerosal, which contains mercury, in children’s vaccines. SHARE The Dirty Grandpa star said few words at the event, but …more

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UK: What does “The Death of Expertise” mean for fact-checkers?

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

For populists on both sides of the Atlantic, “expert” is now an expletive, a synonym for out-of-touch elitists swindling the common man. This was perhaps most obvious during the Brexit referendum campaign, when the UK Justice Secretary and “Leave” advocate Michael Gove told …more

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USA: Vaccine programs are threatened by exemptions, ACA repeal

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

My grandfather died in his 40s from an influenza-related illness. My aunt contracted polio, which left her with a permanent limp and other chronic health problems. Thanks to vaccines, these two illnesses and others like them are no longer the …more

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Germany: Anti-vaccines – when the problem is not just a question of resources

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

16 FEBRUARY, 2017 EUROSCIENTIST LEAVE A COMMENT Some high-income countries have lowered their guard and their immunization rates have dropped. In certain countries, confidence in vaccines has begun to fall. “Europe is sending us measles”, says Doctor Eduardo Suárez, director …more

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USA: Trump’s claim that there’s ‘tremendous amount of increase’ in autism cases

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

“So what’s going on with autism? When you look at the tremendous increase, it’s really — it’s such an incredible — it’s really a horrible thing to watch, the tremendous amount of increase.” — President Trump, remarks at meeting with educators, Feb. …more

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France: Vaccinations obligatoires – avant de partir, Marisol Touraine proposera mais ne disposera probablement pas

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

Paris, le jeudi 16 février 2017 – Depuis longtemps, les possibles paradoxes nés de la cohabitation entre des vaccinations obligatoires, concernant des maladies représentant aujourd’hui des menaces moins aiguës (mais n’ayant cependant pas disparu, notamment le tétanos), et des vaccinations …more

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International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Ebola Strategic Framework January 2015

Posted on 15 Feb, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Symposium Post
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India: Government moves against doctor for spreading vaccine rumours

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

The directorate of public health has filed a complaint with the state medical council against a doctor and moved the child rights commission against three others for spreading misleading messages on the ongoing measles-rubella vaccine drive. Officials have also filed …more

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UK: Faye Burdett meningitis petition family ‘ignored by government’

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

The father of a two-year-old girl who died from meningitis B has accused the government of doing nothing to raise awareness of the disease. Neil Burdett’s daughter Faye fought the disease for 11 days but died last year. When the …more

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Japan: Suit opens in Tokyo court over cervical cancer vaccine side effects

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

Twenty-eight girls and women suffering what they say are side effects from a cervical cancer vaccine that was recommended by the government demanded compensation from the state and drugmakers Monday as their trial opened at the Tokyo District Court. The …more

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USA: Religious vaccine exemptions on the rise in NJ

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

ATLANTIC CITY – More parents in New Jersey are choosing religious exemptions for child vaccinations, resulting in a steady increase in unvaccinated schoolchildren. The number of state religious exemptions among children in primary school more than doubled within a six-year …more

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Pakistan: Polio drop refusal – Peshawar decides to arrest 500 parents

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

To save children from being crippled by polio, the Peshawar city administration on Sunday decided to arrest over 500 parents who refused to have their children vaccinated against the debilitating disease. The decision was taken in an official meeting attended …more

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Ireland: ‘Hearsay on social media’ being blamed for falling vaccine rates

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

A TRINITY PROFESSOR of Experimental Immunology is holding a public lecture about what he says is the ‘misinformation’ being spread about vaccines in Ireland and abroad. Prof. Kingston Mills is urging parents to look at scientific evidence when making decisions about …more

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India cuts some funding ties with Gates Foundation on immunization

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

  A group backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that works on India’s immunization programs will now be partially funded by the health ministry, a government official said, a move in part prompted by fears foreign donors could …more

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UK: British child must be vaccinated, court rules

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

British child must be vaccinated, court rules by Xavier Symons | 11 Feb 2017 | 2 comments A British High Court Judge has ordered that a 7-month-old boy be given a meningitis vaccine  despite his mother’s objections. The London mother …more

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USA: The President Receives A Letter And A Lesson On Vaccines

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

Today, in a world where important information is spread using only 140 characters, when someone sits down to write a letter, it tends to be important. When that letter is signed by over 350 national organizations, it should be realized …more

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Venezuela: Girl’s Diphtheria Death Highlights Country’s Health Crisis

Posted on 12 Feb, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Cost-effectiveness of maternal influenza immunization in Bamako, Mali: A decision analysis

Posted on 12 Feb, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

Abstract Background Maternal influenza immunization has gained traction as a strategy to diminish maternal and neonatal mortality. However, efforts to vaccinate pregnant women against influenza in developing countries will require substantial investment. We present cost-effectiveness estimates of maternal influenza immunization …more

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Another kind of Zika public health emergency

Posted on 12 Feb, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

A year ago, on Feb 1, 2016, WHO declared the Zika virus epidemic a public health emergency. In a brave show of leadership no doubt spurred by the embarrassment of failing to act sooner on the Ebola outbreak threats, Director-General …more

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Active surveillance study of adverse events following immunisation of children in the Czech Republi

Posted on 12 Feb, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Ukraine: Health needs soar as fighting flares

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

A large shipment of WHO interagency emergency health kits is on its way to help meet immediate health needs in response to the recent intensification of fighting and shelling in the eastern part of Ukraine. Thousands of civilians are living …more

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Brazil: Young Brazilians more susceptible to cancer

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

The study issued on Friday said over 17,500 Brazilians aged 15 to 29 died of cancer from 2009 to 2013, accounting for 5 per cent of all deaths on the age group. It was only surpassed by deaths caused by …more

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India: With MR vaccination drive under way, ‘sick’ students stay at home

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

There was poor attendance in many schools in the city on Friday, allegedly the consequence of the measles-rubella (MR) vaccination drive. According to a few parents, many of the schools had instructed students not to come to school if they …more

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USA: Leading Health Groups Tell Trump: Vaccines Safe, Save Lives

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

The American Academy of Pediatrics and some 350 other leading US medical, advocacy, and professional organizations have sent a letter to President Trump expressing their “unequivocal support” for the safety of vaccines. “Vaccines protect the health of children and adults …more

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China: Now in its worst H7N9 avian flu season on record

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

An early, brisk spike in H7N9 avian flu infections in China, which is in its fifth wave of activity, has now reached at least 347 cases, passing the record 319 of infections seen in the second wave during the winter …more

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Australia:Safety, components concerns spur vaccine hesitancy

Posted on 10 Feb, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Great strides in disease prevention have been made through immunization, yet some still question the purpose and safety of vaccination. In an Australian study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, researchers analyzed 1,342 calls relating …more

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Canada: Public deliberation study looks at heated issue of childhood immunization

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

A University of Guelph study is looking at how public deliberation can be helpful with controversial and divisive issues, starting with mandatory childhood immunization. “Let’s actually get in a room together and have a respectful, meaningful conversation,” said lead researcher …more

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USA: With 404 cases, Washington mumps outbreak continues to grow

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

On Thursday, Washington state reported 404 confirmed and probable cases of mumps since October. Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus spread from person to person through saliva and mucus. Two counties are reporting just one case each, …more

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New Zealand: Science in crises – some communications dos and don’ts

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

This week I had the pleasure of attending part of a University of Otago symposium on infectious diseases and gave a short talk on the role the media can play in communicating risk and uncertainty in times of crisis. It …more

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El Salvador: When the problem is not just a question of resources

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

ANTI-VACCINES When the problem is not just a question of resources Some high-income countries have lowered their guard and their immunization rates have dropped. In certain countries, confidence in vaccines has begun to fall. By EVA BELMONTE February 9, 2017 …more

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India: MMR vaccine – Needle prick caused fainting in Puducherry

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

PUDUCHERRY: Twenty-six students, including four from Karaikal region, who were administered with the measles and rubella vaccine during the mass vaccination campaign in Puducherry, complained of uneasiness and were admitted at government hospitals in the two regions. Twenty-two students from …more

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USA: How the anti-vaxxers are winning

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

It’s looking as if 2017 could become the year when the antivaccination movement gains ascendancy in the United States and we begin to see a reversal of several decades in steady public health gains. The first blow will be measles …more

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USA: More than 350 organizations write Trump to endorse current vaccines’ safety

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

More than 350 organizations, including leading U.S. medical, advocacy and professional organizations, have sent a letter to President Trump expressing their “unequivocal support for the safety of vaccines.” The effort, organized by the American Academy of Pediatrics, reflects the growing …more

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Germany: How Europe’s vaccine scepticism is harming the fight to rid the world of measles

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

Measles is on the rise in parts of Europe amid a trend of high scepticism towards vaccines in some rich countries, research shows. According to data collected by research group Civio in partnership with Euronews, Germany alone (2,464) had four …more

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France: Vaccins – le Conseil d’État prône le retour du seul DTPolio

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

Le Conseil d’État a tranché ce mercredi 8 février. Désormais, seuls les trois vaccins obligatoires pour les nourrissons devront être disponibles sans être associés à d’autres. Depuis 2008, impossible de vacciner son bébé avec les trois vaccins obligatoires diphtérie, tétanos …more

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USA: Vaccine bill would require districts to report number of religious exemption requests

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

The Legislature is considering a bill that would require every school district in the state to report the number of requests for a religious exemption to child immunization laws it receives, and report whether those requests were granted. The legislation, …more

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India: Over 9 lakh children vaccinated in mass Measles Rubella drive

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

A total of 9,00,546 children were vaccinated on Monday, the first day of the mass Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination drive across the State. On Tuesday, over 10 lakh students are estimated to have received the vaccine, said Director of Public …more

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USA: How the anti-vaxxers are winning

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

It’s looking as if 2017 could become the year when the anti-vaccination movement gains ascendancy in the United States and we begin to see a reversal of several decades in steady public health gains. The first blow will be measles …more

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Kuwait: Kuwait’s nationwide vaccination campaign important, vaccines are safe – MoH

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

The Ministry of Health has defended the nationwide Oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) and the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination campaign, and dismissed rumors about the safety of used vaccines. The vaccination is crucial for the health of the society …more

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Italy: Lorenzin blocca la proiezione del film anti-vaccini al Parlamento Ue

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

Si doveva tenere il 9 febbraio al Parlamento europeo la proiezione del film “Vaxxed – from cover-up to catastrophe”, un documentario (stroncato dal punto di vista scientifico) che mette in relazione le vaccinazioni con l’insorgere di malattie, anche neurologiche. E …more

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USA: Should scientists engage in activism?

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

Have you heard that scientists are planning a march on Washington? The move is not being billed as a protest, but rather as a “celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community,” …more

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India: Puducherry health officials ally fears after 16 students administered with MR vaccine complain of giddiness

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

After 16 students who were administered measles and rubella vaccine during the mass vaccination campaign complained of giddiness, nausea and vomiting and were admitted to hospitals in the Union territory of Puducherry, the health department attempted to allay fears pointing …more

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USA: Why the internet loves fake health
news

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

We’re barely surviving 2017 as it is, and now reports have surfaced claiming that Nutella causes cancer. For all of five minutes, the world contemplated the possible dangers lurking behind their favorite waffle condiment. Mercifully, this story was revealed to …more

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Australia: Penalty push against anti-vaxxers

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

An Australian researcher believes parents who refuse to vaccinate their children should be penalised more harshly if vaccination rates fall. Charles Sturt University academic Steve Clarke argues that conscientious objectors to immunisation should be required to make a contribution to …more

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France: “Il n’y a pas de lien entre autisme et vaccination”

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

La communauté scientifique est très remontée contre l’opération anti-vaccination qui se profile au Parlement européen le 9 février prochain. Ce jour là, la députée écologiste Michèle Rivasi accueille un des chantres du mouvement anti-vaccin : Andrew Wakefield, un ancien chirurgien britannique …more

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USA: Science always has been, and always will be political

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

Inevitably, with the announcement of The March for Science on Earth Day, April 22nd of this year, come the astroturf groups such as ACSH (diversity excludes white dudes from industry!) who have of course decried the effort as a liberal …more

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India: Polio team faces resistance in
Malegaon

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

On one hand the government is leaving no stone unturned to make India a polio-free country. On the other hand, a section of residents from Malegaon is not letting volunteers administer polio vaccination to their children below the age of …more

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Kenya: Survey reveals lack of awareness on causes of cervical cancer

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

 As Kenya joins the world in marking World Cancer Day on Saturday, a new survey has revealed that majority of Kenyan women are not aware of the main cause of cervical cancer, despite the disease being a top killer. The …more

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India: Many parents to avoid measles rubella shots for kid

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

Many parents to avoid measles rubella shots for kids TNN | Updated: Feb 4, 2017, 09.46 AM  TRICHY: Unconvinced by the clarifications offered by the state government about the positive effects of measles rubella (MR) vaccine on children, several parents …more

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USA: How a measles outbreak struck members of Faith Tabernacle Congregation

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

When Dr. Robert Ross knocked on the door of the home in North Philadelphia, it was answered by a grandmother. It was 1991, and Ross, then deputy health commissioner of the city, was there to check on the nine children …more

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Belgium: Doctors angry at EU screening for Wakefield’s anti-vaccine film

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

The European Parliament has been urged to cancel a screening of a controversial anti-vaccine film, written and directed by Andrew Wakefield – who was struck off after releasing a paper linking the MMR vaccine and autism. Mr Wakefield published a …more

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USA: Most Americans Think the Benefits of the MMR Vaccine Outweigh Risks

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

Among his first acts as President-elect, Donald Trump signaled his interest in establishing a presidential committee on vaccine safety and scientific integrity, headed by Robert Kennedy Jr., a lawyer known for arguing that a preservative used in some vaccines causes …more

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Brazil: Surge of yellow fever raises alarms

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

In the first month of 2017, Brazil has seen 712 suspected cases of sylvatic, or jungle, yellow fever, the vast majority in Minas Gerais, a rural state where 40 have already died from the mosquito-borne disease. According to The Rio …more

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Canada: 3,589 students in grades 11, 12 warned to get shots or face suspension

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

Final notices have been sent out to 3,589 students in grades 11 and 12, warning they’ll be suspended from school starting Feb. 28 unless they prove they’ve had all their required vaccinations. The suspensions could last as long as 20 …more

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India: Bengaluru parents question the need for a measles-rubella vaccination drive

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

A group of parents in Bengaluru are wary about a mass immunisation drive with a measles-rubella vaccine that the central government has planned across five states including Karnataka. Public health officials in Karnataka announced a three-week drive in February, in …more

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Nigeria: How Jos community rejected polio immunization over hunger

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

The ongoing polio immunization in the country has been rejected by some communities in Jos North Local Government of Plateau State, saying vaccines should be replaced with food as they are hungry. This was disclosed by Mrs Hannatu Davat, the …more

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USA: A scientists’ march on Washington is a bad idea

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

Talk is growing about a March for Science on Washington, similar to the Women’s March the day after President Trump’s inauguration. It is a terrible idea. Among scientists, understandably, there is growing fear that fact-based decision making is losing its …more

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France: Scientifiques à blâmer pour la méfiance à l’égard de la science?

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

Intéressant point que celui que soulève le président de l’Association américaine pour l’avancement des sciences (AAAS, qui publie la prestigieuse revue Science), Rush Holt. Je ne suis pas sûr d’être d’accord, mais cela peut certainement servir de point de départ …more

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USA: The delusion of alternative facts

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

This past weekend marked the swearing-in of Donald Trump as US president, and the moment in which the phrase ‘alternative facts’ joined ‘post-truth’ (the Oxford Dictionary’s most recent word of the year) and ‘fake news’ in our growing lexicon of …more

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India: India’s measles elimination campaign rocked by rumours, fake alerts before launch

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

Rumours shared on Whatsapp and Facebook urging parents not to get their children vaccinated against measles and rubella (German Measles) is threatening India’s campaign to eliminate the disease that kill 46,000 children, mostly under-five, each year. India accounts for close …more

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Philippines: 43% decline in dengue credited to new vaccine

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

The newly developed dengue vaccine which was piloted in Central Luzon and two other regions in the country apparently led to a decrease of dengue cases by as much as 43 percent, the Department of Health (DOH) regional office here …more

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USA: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. brings polarizing position to Aspen autism event

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

Robert Kennedy Jr.’s scheduled appearance at a fundraiser for autism next month is not an implicit endorsement of his longtime view that vaccines cause the disorder. That’s according to Sallie Bernard, founder and board president of Ascendigo autism services, the …more

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Italy: Vaccini, l’esperta: “Non causano l’autismo, chi lo sostiene dice il falso”

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

FIRENZE. «I vaccini non causano autismo. Il vaccino del morbillo non causa autismo. È falso». Maria Grazia Santini dirige il dipartimento di Igiene e Sanità Pubblica dell’Asl Toscana Centro, l’area di Firenze, Prato, Empoli, Pistoia: la più colpita dalla meningite …more

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Afghanistan: Ending transmission of polio is possible in 2017 if all children continue to be vaccinated each round

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

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) with the technical and financial support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will tomorrow launch the first polio Sub-national Immunization Days (SNIDs) campaign of 2017. Over 5.6 …more

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Romania: Anti-vaxxer movement results in huge measles surge in 2016

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

Romania saw 15 measles cases in 2015. Since 2016, this number has blown-up to 2,165, including 13 fatalities. This is largely due to bogus claims from anti-vaccination campaigns in the country, according to a La Vanguardia report (computer translated). President of …more

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The impact of a vaccine scare on parental views, trust and information needs: a qualitative study in Sydney, Australia

Posted on 29 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Pakistan: Polio workers protest against non payment of salary

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

Female health workers and polio workers deployed in the anti-polio drive in Rawalpindi have protested against non payment of salaries. The Punjab government has decided not to pay salaries to polio workers, female health workers, sanitary patrol workers, and other …more

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India: Fake anti-vaccination messages circulated widely on WhatsApp and Facebook, fuelling fears that polio might return

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

Anti-vaxxers — people who believe that the regular doses of vaccination administered to children may actually end up harming them by causing autism and other disorders, and even death in some cases — are apparently gaining ground in Tamil Nadu. …more

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USA: Makers of controversial vaccination film have showing in El Paso

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

E NEWS WEATHER TRAFFIC VIDEO SPORTS LIFESTYLE HEALTH ASK THE EXPERT SHARE KVIA     Top Stories Makers of controversial vaccination film have showing in El Paso   By: Mauricio Casillas Posted: Jan 28, 2017 02:52 PM MST Updated: Jan …more

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India: MR-vaccine is safe; ignore claims of side-effects

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

Amid a profusion of claims on the social media and messenger applications that Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination causes side-effects, Health Department officials here refuted these as fake alerts and said that there would be no change in the vaccination drive scheduled …more

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Belgium: MMR fraud doctor to address EU event

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

 The Times(UK)Science Editor January 28 2017  – Campaigners fear that Andrew Wakefield’s ideas are being given new legitimacy.  Share Save Scientists believe that the European parliament is endangering the lives of children by hosting an anti-vaccination event featuring Andrew Wakefield, …more

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Romania: Worrying situation in the county – A third of children vaccinated against measles in Tulcea

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

Given that vaccine in question has never missed the district · stock was recently supplemented by another 1,500 doses The situation is critical throughout the country: nearly two thousand illnesses and 14 deaths confirmed so far after measles epidemic. While …more

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USA: GOP Lawmakers Advance Anti-Vaccine Bill; Health Experts Object

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

Public health experts and medical professionals crowded into a committee room at the statehouse today, presenting a united front against a bill to allow more Iowans to avoid getting their children vaccinated for preventable diseases.     Currently, families can claim …more

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UK: Government appeals against compensation ruling over swine flu vaccination

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

The child – who is now 14 and identified only as “John” for the proceedings – was vaccinated with Pandemrix in December 2009. In January 2012, his family applied to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for compensation under …more

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USA: Donald Trump’s science denial is becoming national policy

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

In August 2012, the North Carolina legislature banned the sea from rising. At least not as quickly as it was. The state passed a law disallowing policymakers and planners from using the best predictions available for how high the sea …more

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Ireland: 40 Irish women will die due to misinformation campaign say experts

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

Cancer experts are warning 40 Irish women will die because of what’s being called a misinformation campaign around the cervical cancer vaccine. The Times Online reports 15,000 vaccinations against human papillomavirus (HPV) were refused in 2016 – as a result …more

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France: Pr Philippe Sansonetti – “La vaccination est un acte civique”

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

Alors que la défiance vis-à-vis de la vaccination gagne du terrain, ce professeur au Collège de France et à l’Institut Pasteur, chercheur en microbiologie, publie un plaidoyer en faveur de la vaccination. Moins de sept Français sur 10 (1) font …more

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USA: Study – African Americans less likely to get flu shot

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

African American adults adhere to influenza vaccination at lower rates than white adults, according a new study published in the journal Vaccine. For the study, researchers surveyed 819 African Americans and 838 Caucasians to assess racial consciousness, trust in the …more

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Pakistan: Will Pakistan ever become polio free?

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

In Pakistan, polio cases have decreased by over 99pc since 1988, from an estimated 350,000 cases then, to 54 in 2015, and 19 reported in 2016. With the last population census conducted in 1998, the hurdles in estimating the number …more

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Canada: Ottawa comic book aims to get children vaccinated

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

A prominent Ottawa doctor has teamed up with graphic-design prodigies to convince children to get vaccinated. Immunization Warriors is a digital comic book that aims to get children thinking differently about needles and go over the heads of reluctant parents. …more

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Key experiences of community engagement and social mobilization in the Ebola response

Posted on 25 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Symposium Post
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India: Cannot force measles rubella re-vaccination, if parents do not agree – Tanvir Sait

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

Minister for primary and secondary education Tanvir Sait on Tuesday said there was no question of forcing re-vaccination of children with the single shot of measles rubella (MR) if their parents did not give consent.   Addressing a joint press …more

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China: H7N9 total climbs, WHO’s Chan warns of threat

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

As China’s H7N9 total climbs, WHO’s Chan warns of threat Filed Under:  H7N9 Avian Influenza ; Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP News  | Jan 23, 2017 M M / Flickr cc China’s surge of …more

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India: Health secretary wants Haryana to consider HPV vaccine in immunisation programme

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

GURUGRAM: With a view to preventing chances of occurrence of cervical cancer, secretary of department of health research, government of India Dr. Soumya Swaminathan has urged the Haryana government to consider including the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine in its …more

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USA: Scientists join massive protest against Trump

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

The women in white lab coats didn’t expect to be treated like celebrities. The group of scientists, dozens strong, came to Washington DC on 21 January to join the Women’s March, a massive protest against the brand-new US president, Donald …more

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Pakistan: No refusal case in Chitral polio drive

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

CHITRAL/UPPER DIR: During the four-day anti-polio campaign carried out in 10 out of 24 union councils of Chitral no refusal case was reported. Overall, 39,690 children were administered oral polio vaccine during the campaign, which could not cover the 14 …more

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USA: The world’s top hospitals have been enabling quack medicine

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

For years, prominent medical centers have been dancing with the devil. Recently, one got burned. On January 6, 2017, Dr. Daniel Neides posted his thoughts on cleveland.com. Neides claimed that within 12 hours of receiving a preservative-free influenza vaccine, “I …more

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India: H1N1 cases on the rise, but Telangana hospitals ill-equipped for crisis

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

According to Times of India, four died and the other on Friday, the recent victim of dangerous virus was 60-year-old Pushpalatha, a resident of Puranapul, who succumbed while battling for her life and is been kept ventilator support for three …more

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Ireland: 29 Irish people left dead from killer flu as 835 hospitalised

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

The HSE has said that 29 people have died from seasonal flu in Ireland. In an update at a press briefing today, the organisation outlined that some 835 people have been hospitalised with the ailment.   30 people were also …more

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South Korea: Australian egg farmers respond to major outbreak of Avian influenza in South Korea

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

Australian egg farmers have sent the first shipment of eggs to South Korea, to help ease a major shortage caused by an Avian influenza outbreak. Approximately 30 million birds have been culled to stem the spread of the disease, causing …more

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USA: The Shadow Network of Anti-Vax Doctors

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

When Andrew Brandeis encounters patients who are skeptical about vaccines at his family-practice clinic in San Francisco, he doesn’t toe the typical pediatrician party line—that the standard vaccine schedule is a must-do. Instead, he might help the patient delay or …more

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A Systematic Review of Ebola Treatment Trials to Assess the Extent to Which They Adhere to Ethical Guidelines

Posted on 22 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Symposium Post
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Do Thai Physicians Recommend Seasonal Influenza Vaccines to Pregnant Women? A Cross-Sectional Survey of Physicians’ Perspectives and Practices in Thailand

Posted on 22 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Childhood Vaccine Acceptance and Refusal among Warao Amerindian Caregivers in Venezuela; A Qualitative Approach

Posted on 22 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Development and validation of SEER (Seeking, Engaging with and Evaluating Research): a measure of policymakers’ capacity to engage with and use research

Posted on 22 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Switzerland: $460m pledged for vaccine initiative aimed at preventing global epidemics

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

A coalition of governments, philanthropists and business is pledging to put money and effort into making vaccines to stop the spread of diseases that could threaten mankind – and to prevent another outbreak as devastating as the Ebola epidemic. At …more

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Afghanistan: Linda Norgrove – what happens when an aid worker is accused of being a spy?

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

Last week allegations surfaced in the US press that a British aid worker operating in Afghanistan had, in fact, been a spy. In the course of an exposé of a US navy special unit, an investigative website, The Intercept, stated …more

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Canada: When science is attacked, we all become activists

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

If you think scientists should stay in their lane and leave politics to politicians, you’re going to be very disappointed over the next few years. Because when politicians attack science and evidence, it’s everyone’s business. Case in point: the roar …more

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Uganda: Govt to vaccinate 8 million people against Meningitis

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

Nearly eight million Ugandans are expected to benefit from the massive Meningitis A vaccination drive in at least 39 districts in northern Uganda. The five-day exercise kicks off today [Thursday, January 19] and will run until Monday January 23 at …more

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USA: Ebola, Zika, and a flu pandemic – a Q&A with departing CDC Director Tom Frieden

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

Dr. Tom Frieden arrived on the Atlanta campus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to take on the job of CDC director on June 8, 2009 — three days before the World Health Organization declared the first flu pandemic …more

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Reasons for use and non-use of the pertussis vaccine in pregnancy: an interview study in New Zealand women

Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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New Zealand: Barriers to pertussis jabs in pregnancy

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

A new study has shown the need for better patient information to combat the low uptake of whooping cough vaccine in pregnancy in New Zealand The research1 from University of Otago and University of Auckland found that most women who had …more

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Nigeria: Millions of children to receive measles vaccine in north-eastern Nigeria

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

The two-week campaign, which starts on 13 January, will target all children aged from 6 months to 10 years in accessible areas in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States. “This measles vaccination campaign is an emergency intervention to protect more than …more

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USA: Will Trump make vaccines another partisan issue?

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

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., radio host, environmental lawyer and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, told reporters on Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump has asked him to be chairman of a commission on vaccines and scientific integrity. Kennedy has repeatedly …more

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India: Lack of education a contributing factor for incomplete vaccine doses – Study

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

The basket of vaccines under government’s universal immunisation programme may be growing, but only 75% children complete the recommended three doses of diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) vaccine in India, a new study shows. The study conducted by experts from US’ Center for …more

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UK: We mustn’t let a superpower turn its back on rationality

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

THE stamp of jackboots, raps on the door, marches and uniforms; these are what we associate with the emergence of an authoritarian state. The reality is less dramatic: life for most people may carry on much as usual – except …more

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India: One more dies of swine flu at Gandhi Hospital

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

One more person succumbed to H1N1 virus in the city on Sunday, taking the toll to 2 this year. The victim was identified as Sanaj Begum, 38, a resident of Jahanuma, Nawab Saheb Kunta. She died while battling for life …more

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USA: 6 questions for Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s nominee to lead HHS

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

It’s called a “courtesy hearing,” but Rep. Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of health and human services, can expect some of his Senate interrogators to get a little rough. Price, an orthopedic surgeon and six-term GOP congressman …more

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France: Le conseil d’Etat contre le pot-pourri des vaccins obligatoires

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

La pétition a recueilli plus d’un million de signataires. Alarmant sur les dangers de certains vaccins, notamment en raison de la présence supposée d’aluminium dans leurs adjuvants, celle-ci dénonce également la pénurie des vaccins obligatoires qui contraint les parents à …more

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Pakistan: Detection of a rare strain of Polio in Pakistan’s Balochistan alarms authorities

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

Detection of a rare strain of polio in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province has alarmed authorities and prompted them to launch special immunisation campaigns for children younger than 5. After concluding a five-day response campaign across the provincial capital of Quetta …more

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USA: What could Trump really do
to vaccines?

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

Members of anti-vaccine fringe groups have taken Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s recent meeting with President-elect Donald Trump as a sign that his promise to “Drain the Swamp” will extend to the country’s immunization policy-makers. But it is unclear just how …more

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Italy: Perché vaccinarsi ne parliamo con il Dr. Burioni

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

Perché è importante vaccinarsi contro malattie come morbillo, parotite e rosolia, che in Italia sono sparite? Ne abbiamo parlato con il Professor Roberto Burioni, virologo e professore Ordinario di Microbiologia e Virologia all’Università Vita Salute San Raffaele di Milano e autore del libro ‘Il …more

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India: Parents oppose MR vaccination
at schools

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

BENGALURU: The mandatory measles-rubella (MR) vaccination drive planned by the Department of Health and Family Welfare at schools for children aged between 5 and 15 has met with strong opposition from parents. Saurabh Karla, a parent, has started a petition …more

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USA: Mumps outbreak in Washington worst in years

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

The largest mumps outbreak the United States has seen in a decade or longer also is the worst in years in Washington, and its spread is ongoing in the South Sound. The local epicenter is in South King County — …more

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Kenya: Catholic Church to meet Health Ministry over polio vaccination

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

A team from the Catholic Church will this week meet representatives from the Ministry of Health to discuss the upcoming polio vaccination campaign targeting 2.9 million children in 15 counties, the Nation has exclusively learnt. The move is intended to ensure …more

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USA: The United States already has a vaccine safety commission. And it works really well, experts say.

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

This week, President-elect Donald Trump met with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a leading proponent of a scientifically discredited conspiracy theory that vaccines cause autism. Afterward, Kennedy said that he and Trump had discussed creating a commission on vaccines, which Kennedy would chair. …more

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WHO blueprint for research and development preparedness and rapid research response

Posted on 15 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Symposium Post
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Nicaragua has a cervical cancer problem. A coffee farm is trying to help.

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

Maritza Blandón is crouched over a row of young coffee plants at a farm in Matagalpa, in the Northern mountains of Nicaragua. She works with a handful of other female coffee farmers who live and work here with their children. …more

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Ireland: These Young Scientists asked parents about their attitude to the HPV vaccine

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

THE NATIONWIDE DEBATE about the HPV vaccine didn’t escape Tara Dolan or Chloe Kilkenny, two students from Magh Ene College, Co Donegal. There has been a heated debate on the subject of the cervical cancer vaccine over the past few …more

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USA: The Fiery Vaccination Debate Ignites Again In The Texas Legislature

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

Texas allows parents to have their kids opt out of vaccinations for measles, mumps and other diseases. Two years ago, California stopped allowing those exemptions; a similar Texas effort fell short. This session in Austin, the sponsor of that bill …more

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India: Nobel Laureates say anti-science culture is growing, need to engage and educate

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

RAISING THE alarm against the “rising trend of populism”, and taking on critics of the scientific method, three Nobel Laureates have warned that there will be serious repercussions if the anti-science movement is not defeated. Speaking to The Indian Express, …more

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Canada: Hospital occupancy at 120 per cent as influenza contributes to ‘sustained spike’

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

As the incidence of influenza increases in North Simcoe Muskoka, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre continues to experience high numbers of admitted patients and high acuity in its Emergency department (ED). “An increase in Emergency department visits is typical in …more

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Pakistan: Vaccine shortage threatens polio eradication

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

The international campaign to eradicate polio, which has vaccinated 2.5 billion people since it began in 1988 – nearly all of them children – has faced one setback after another. Its goal of wiping out the disease, which was meant to happen …more

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USA: Cancer experts endorse new HPV vaccination recommendations

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

— The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center along with 68 cancer centers in the United States have come together to endorse new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for HPV vaccinations. HPV, the human papillomavirus, is a …more

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USA: How Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories about vaccines could harm public health

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

President-elect Donald Trump met Tuesday with Robert Kennedy Jr., an environmental activist (and Democratic political scion) who opposes mandatory vaccination laws because he believes in discredited conspiracy theories that immunizations are dangerous. Kennedy told reporters that Trump had asked him …more

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France: Grippe – se faire vacciner fait débat chez les infirmiers

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

Alors que l’épidémie de grippe sévit lourdement en France, la question de la vaccination chez les professionnels de santé est de toutes les discussions. Si en effet les soignants sont régulièrement appelés à se faire vacciner pour, d’une part, se …more

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South Africa: Anti-vaccination blog revives bogus HPV story

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

The post on an anti-vaccination website was damning. The headline “Bill Gates uses 30,000 Indian girls as guinea pigs to test cancer vaccine” appeared on the Organic & Healthy blog in October last year and is still being shared. The …more

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Colombia: False health news more popular on Facebook

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

The Zika epidemic that spread throughout the American continent last year was accompanied by another outbreak, one of rumours and false news about the disease. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin and Tulane University in the United States analysed 200 …more

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India: Parents still worried about MR vaccine, even as health officials allay fears

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

The State government is set to start a massive vaccination drive where 1.74 crore children above nine months and below 15 years will get a single shot of the combined measles-rubella (MR) vaccine. But several parents in Bengaluru, who have …more

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USA: Vaccination skeptic Robert F Kennedy Jr to chair vaccine safety commission

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

ump’s pick to lead charge on science behind vaccinations said parents should choose whether children are vaccinated but called himself ‘pro-vaccine’  Robert F Kennedy Jr has pushed against the use of thimerosal, a preservative used in vaccines and made from …more

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USA: Measles outbreaks a reminder of the importance of vaccines

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

Dear Doctor: I’ve been reading about measles outbreaks in the United States and abroad. Are these new cases really all that dangerous? As an adult, should I get vaccinated? Dear Reader: Measles is an ancient and highly contagious respiratory infection. …more

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Conducting clinical trials in outbreak settings: Points to consider

Posted on 9 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Symposium Post
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Local Engagement in Ebola Outbreaks and Beyond in Sierra Leone

Posted on 9 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Symposium Post

Containment strategies for Ebola rupture fundamental features of social, political and religious life. Control efforts that involve local people and appreciate their perspectives, social structures and institutions are therefore vital. Unfortunately such approaches have not been widespread in West Africa …more

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USA: A Cleveland Clinic doctor spread anti-vaccine views. He’s not alone among MDs

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

Over the weekend, a Cleveland Clinic doctor’s anti-vaccine blog post sparked a social media furor, prompting the prestigious medical center to issue a statement reaffirming its trust in vaccines. In an op-ed on Cleveland.com, entitled “Make 2017 the year to avoid toxins …more

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India: In Rajasthan, vaccine shortage hits polio drive

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

JAIPUR: Acute shortage of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) has come as a major setbackfor the state in its fight against polio. The shared boundary with Pakistan, which is yet to be declared a polio-free country, is adding to the worries …more

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) awareness and vaccine receptivity among Senegalese adolescents

Posted on 8 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Interventions to reduce inequalities in vaccine uptake in children and adolescents aged <19 years: a systematic review

Posted on 8 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Influenza immunization during pregnancy: Benefits for mother and infant

Posted on 8 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Social Mobilization and Community Engagement Ebola Response in West Africa:Lessons for Future Public Health Emergencies

Posted on 8 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Symposium Post
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Documenting attacks on health workers and facilities in armed conflicts

Posted on 8 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Will they lead by example? Assessment of vaccination rates and attitudes to human papilloma virus in millennial medical students

Posted on 8 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Trends in Personal Belief Exemption Rates Among Alternative Private Schools: Waldorf, Montessori, and Holistic Kindergartens in California, 2000-2014

Posted on 8 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Parental Refusal of Childhood Vaccines and Medical Neglect Laws

Posted on 8 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Ireland: Vaccination rates shooting down among home-schooled children

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

 Parents must be proactive to obtain booster shots for their children if they are educated at home. The HSE has confirmed many home-schooled children are “not protected from serious vaccine-preventable diseases”, with uptake rates of preventative jabs at a fraction …more

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Nigeria: No new case of polio

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

Abuja – The Federal Government says there is no new case of polio in the country. Acting Executive-Director the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Emmanuel Odu, who stated this at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, …more

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Switzerland: Merck’s Vaccine Won’t Be the End of Ebola

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

An Ebola vaccine that has been in development for 15 years has been shown in a clinical trial to be up to 100 percent effective at preventing the deadly virus. But it won’t stop sporadic cases from popping up, nor …more

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China: H7N9 activity intensifies with 16 more cases

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

The number of new human H7N9 avian flu cases in China increased sharply today, with 16 reported, including 15 on the mainland—most of them in Guangdong province—and another imported infection reported by Hong Kong. Could latest wave top last season’s? …more

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USA: What can the anti-vaccination movement teach us about improving the public’s understanding of science?

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

The ubiquitous impact of science-based information and technologies in everyday life suggests that misunderstanding how science works can have serious consequences. Yet people’s decisions and strongly held beliefs are often uncoupled from, or at odds with, the conclusions and recommendations …more

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UK: Children at risk as Charedi parents say no to vaccinations

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

Charedi children in Stamford Hill are at risk of contracting potentially deadly conditions like measles and the community is in danger of being affected by an epidemic because too many parents are not getting them immunised. Members of the Jewish …more

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Australia: Vaccination – What Do Consumers Want to Know?

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

Vaccination strategies rely on high immunization rates in the global population to achieve herd immunity. As immunization rates exceed 80%, the global burden of vaccine-preventable disease falls markedly. Parents are generally receptive to vaccination, and most young children are vaccinated …more

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USA: Trump’s reckless linkage of vaccines and autism

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

“People that work for me, just the other day, two years old, beautiful child went to have the vaccine and came back and a week later, got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.” — Donald J. …more

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Croatia: Two People Die of Influenza Epidemic

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

his year, Croatia has been hit with a high intensity flu epidemic which has so far claimed two lives, with several thousand people infected in all parts of the country, announced on Tuesday the National Influenza Centre, reports net.hr on …more

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Message for the New Year: The answer is blowin’ in the wind

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

Looking back at 2016 and thinking about the new year, one of the news items that struck me as having a poignant message for 2017 was from Nigeria.  Last August, two cases of polio were confirmed in Borno State. Nigeria …more

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Announcements Versus Conversations to Improve HPV Vaccination Coverage: A Randomized Trial

Posted on 4 Jan, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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USA: Announcements increased HPV vaccine uptake in preteens vs. conversations

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

Pediatricians trained to use presumptive announcements vs. participatory conversation or no training for vaccination campaigns increased HPV vaccination uptake by 5% among younger adolescents, according to data published in Pediatrics. “A high-quality recommendation by a health care provider is a …more

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China: New human case of H7N9 avian influenza confirmed in Guizhou province

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

BEIJING, January 3. /TASS/. The authorities of the Chinese province of Guizhou have confirmed the new human case of infection by the H7N9 strain of avian influenza. China National Radio said the new case brought the number of infected people …more

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Pakistan: Launches new polio campaign after rare strain found

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

Pakistan began a special five-day polio immunisation campaign in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday for children under five after a rare strain of the virus was found in sewage samples, officials said.  Local officials said they had recruited …more

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China: Official sentenced 10 years in vaccine scandal

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

A former official of China’s Food and Drug Administration has been jailed for taking bribes from vaccine manufacturers, reports said on Tuesday (Jan 3), in a case with echoes of a major scandal that rocked the Asian country last year. …more

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Sudan: Measles outbreak results in 20 deaths in Sudan’s Nuba Mountain region

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

More than 100 measles cases were reported since November, including 20 deaths in children in Nuba Mountains region in South Kordofan, Sudan, according to Tutu Mustafa, Secretary of Health in the Nuba Mountains region. Sudan map/CIA The region has been host to fighting …more

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Pakistan: Help of ulema sought to tackle polio refusal cases

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

The officials of district administration, health department and World Health Organisation held talks with ulema here on Sunday and urged them to play a proactive role in bringing down polio refusal cases in the district. The meeting held at the …more

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Costa Rica: Red alert in Guanacaste due to seasonal influenza

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

The four counties of Guanacaste with larger population are in red alert due to seasonal influenza. Since the beginning of December cases of cough and flu were reported and have increased in the hospitals Enrique Baltodano in Liberia and La …more

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USA: Influenza Cases Widespread in California

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

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is announcing that influenza activity is increasing in the state and has reached “widespread” levels.  Areas with the most influenza activity include the Northern California, Central California and Bay Area regions. Since the …more

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USA: Influenza A/H3N2 predominates 2016-2017 season

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

New data published in a recent MMWR revealed that influenza A(H3N2) is the predominate strain circulating in the United States, and that most circulating viruses are similar to the reference viruses used in vaccines recommended for the 2016-2017 season. See …more

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Australia: The five science breakthroughs of 2016

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

THE year 2016 may have been a tumultuous time in politics, terror and world affairs. But science has delivered a string of positive breakthroughs. Here are a few highlights of the past 12 months. GRAVITATIONAL WAVES DISCOVERED It’s something that …more

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UK: Bill Gates -We are vulnerable to flu epidemic in next decade

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

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates says he is crossing his fingers that a deadly flu epidemic does not strike in the next 10 years because the world is “a bit vulnerable right now”. Mr Gates, whose foundation invests in improving global …more

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Taiwan: Taoyuan records first type A flu death of year

Posted on 31 Dec, 2016 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Taoyuan’s Public Health Bureau on Monday advised elderly people and those in other high-risk groups to receive flu vaccinations as early as possible because flu infection tends to reach a peak in winter.   Last Tuesday, a 49-year-old man in …more

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India: First ‘SWINE FLU’ death in Kashmir

Posted on 31 Dec, 2016 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The State Health authorities on Friday issued an advisory on H1N1 influenza (Swine Flu) following a death of a patient who had tested positive for the virus. While authorities asserted that there was no need to panic, they however stressed …more

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USA: Conversation: A Powerful Motivator to Get More People Vaccinated

Posted on 31 Dec, 2016 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Despite universal recommendations for clinicians to routinely immunize 11-to-12 year olds against human papillomavirus (HPV), Healthy People 2020 reports that only 28% of girls and 7% of boys complete the series. Primary care providers must provide effective recommendations to address …more

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France: Critical Vaccine Shortage Threatens Polio Eradication Efforts

Posted on 30 Dec, 2016 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The international campaign to eradicate polio, which has vaccinated 2.5 billion people since it began in 1988—nearly all of them children—has faced one setback after another. Its goal of wiping out the disease from the planet, which was meant to …more

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India: Different Vaccination Cards Cause Confusion

Posted on 30 Dec, 2016 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

A team of medical experts led by Dr Narayana Holla, associate professor, department of community medicine, KVG Medical College, Sullia, Dakshina Kannada has critically reviewed the immunisation schedule of the Indian Association of Paediatrics (IAP) with regard to its compatibility …more

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USA: Measles Outbreak in Los Angeles Jewish Community

Posted on 29 Dec, 2016 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The following is from a Yeshiva World News article including parts of a letter from Rabbi Hershy Z. Ten, (President of Bikur Cholim in Los Angeles) asking the L.A. Jewish Community to take vaccinating their children seriously and not endanger …more

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Canada: Flu outbreaks, hospitalizations reported across Canada, latest numbers show

Posted on 28 Dec, 2016 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The flu season arrived in Canada just in time for the holidays, the latest government update on cases of influenza reported. There were “greater numbers” of influenza outbreaks and hospitalizations across the country. By Dec. 17, there were 692 influenza …more

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Will 2016 Go Down As The Beginning of a Vast Conspiracy Age?

Posted on 28 Dec, 2016 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

By Natalie Dougall DECEMBER 27, 2016 SHARE Chances are that 2016 will go down as the year that conspiracy theories moved from the fringes and firmly to the middle of our national discourse. Earlier this month, a man entered a DC …more

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Romania: Secretary of State warned polio could make a comeback in Europe

Posted on 28 Dec, 2016 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Romania’s secretary of state and head of the Department for Emergency Situations warned last week that polio could make a comeback in the country.  Raed Arafat announced on Facebook that anti-vaccination movements in Romania have intensified, and diseases that should long have …more

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USA: Mumps cases balloon in 2016, raising debate about need for booster vaccines

Posted on 27 Dec, 2016 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Caroline Brown, a sophomore at the University of Missouri, got a fever over Thanksgiving break. Soon it became painful to bite down, and her cheek began to swell. A trip to her physician confirmed it — Caroline had the mumps. …more

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India:Vaccination program for pregnant women struggling in Bijnor

Posted on 27 Dec, 2016 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

A vaccination program, meant to protect pregnant women and their unborn children from the disease tetanus, is struggling in Bijnor district. So far, only about 37% of pregnant women in the district have been vaccinated.  Under the programme, a tetanus …more

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Pakistan: I believe in immunisation, but not the government

Posted on 26 Dec, 2016 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

With polio having dashed all his childhood dreams, Peter Boota, now 55, believes that immunisation can save children from the crippling effects of these disease. However, he has less faith in the ability of authorities and the efficacy of vaccine. …more

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China: Chinese city halts bird trade over flu epidemic fears

Posted on 26 Dec, 2016 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

A city in China has suspended the trade of live poultry after reports of human bird flu infections in neighboring regions. The city of Suzhou, which is the second-largest city in the eastern province of Jiangsu, halted trading live poultry …more

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Literature Literature archive

C. Alberts, MF Schim van der Loeff, Y Hazeveld, et al 2017 BMC Public Health 17:220 DOI: 10.1186/s12889-017-4091-4
Orenstein EW, Orenstein LAV, Diarra K, Djiteye M, Sidibé D, et al. 2017 PLOS ONE 12(2): e0171499. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171499
R. Horton 2017 Lancet Vol 389 (10069)

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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