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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 Heidi Larson. 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 Heidi Larson. 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 Heidi Larson. 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

This week in the New York Times’ “Retro Report,” Heidi Larson and Larry Brilliant discuss the parallels between the programmes to eradicate Smallpox and Polio, and how politics and public mistrust can create the greatest barriers to disease control. When …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 …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 Heidi Larson. 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 Heidi Larson. 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 Heidi Larson. 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
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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

[Originally published in: The Quint] 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 …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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Australia: Unvaccinated children would be barred from childcare in NSW under new proposals

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

Parents who oppose vaccinations on conscientious grounds won’t allowed to enrol their children at New South Wales childcare centres under legislation to be introduced by the state opposition. The state’s Labor leader, Luke Foley, announced the policy on Sunday and …more

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Demographic transition and the dynamics of measles in six provinces in China: A modeling study

Posted on 9 Apr, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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USA: 30 students quarantined after school with high vaccination opt-out rate hit by whooping coug

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

Spring break came early at Murray’s American International School of Utah, but the holiday will be full of sick days for several students and faculty members. Administrators closed the charter school Friday, ahead of a scheduled recess next week, after …more

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Guinea: Guinea battling a large scale measles epidemic

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

Less than a year after the official end of the Ebola epidemic, the Guinean health system continues to struggle Friday, April 7, 2017 — Conakry: The international humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) is launching today a large …more

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USA: Who Are You Calling Anti-Science?

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

In a couple of weeks, crowds will march nationwide in the March for Science. It’s part of a recent trend pushing back against “anti-science” attitudes that have become all the more prominent since last November’s elections. However, many at this …more

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India: Launch of Mission Indradhanush Phase 4 from 7th of April 2017

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

Routine Immunization programme provides vaccination against nine vaccine preventable childhood diseases (Diphtheria, Whooping cough, Tetanus, Polio, Tuberculosis, Measles and Hepatitis B, Pneumonia and Meningitis). Evidence shows that unimmunized and partially immunized children are most susceptible to childhood diseases and disability …more

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UK: Vegan mum opposed to everyday medicines ordered to give sons vaccinations

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

A vegan mother has been ordered to have her sons vaccinated after a court heard that she had shunned everyday medicines. The mother, who cannot be named, is so opposed to them that she won’t even give her children Calpol. However, …more

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USA: Alan Alda’s Crusade to Make Science Talk a Jargon-Free Zone

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

On a cold Chicago night in February, 2014, I watched the actor/director/writer Alan Alda deliver the plenary address the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His subject was the state of science communication. Mr. Alda, …more

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Italy: Il Consiglio regionale chiede vaccinazioni obbligatorie per l’iscrivezione a scuola

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

Le vaccinazioni diventino obbligatorie per accedere ai servizi scolastici. Lo ha stabilito il Consiglio regionale votando a larga maggioranza una mozione. Con  34 i voti a favore, 9 contrari e 7 astenuti (19 consiglieri non hanno partecipato al voto), il parlamento …more

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Somalia: Authorities Search for Abducted WHO Workers

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

Authorities in southern Somalia are searching for five World Health Organization workers who were abducted by suspected al-Shabab militants. Colonel Deeq Abdi Khaliif, commander of the Somali army in the town of Luuq, says the workers were in their homes …more

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USA: Vaccinations significantly reduce risk of death from the flu, CDC study finds

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

Children who were vaccinated in recent years significantly lowered their chances of dying from the flu, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Using data from four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014, researchers found that flu …more

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UK: March for Science – for a good cause, but will it do good?

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

“On 22 April, 2017, we walk out of the lab and onto the streets.” As rallying cries go, it’s a pretty good one: a call to arms for scientists everywhere to collectively hang up their lab coats and make their …more

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USA: Campaigning for a fact-based approach to health journalism

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

Q: How did you become interested in public health? A: As a newsroom reporter 25 or more years ago, I remember realizing that I didn’t want to follow blindly what the other journalists were doing. I didn’t want to simply …more

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India: Government apathy hits vaccine unit

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

India’s only Yellow Fever vaccine manufacturing unit at the Central Research Institute in Kasauli is shut for the last five years, even as the Centre continues to import the critical vaccine. While the production was stopped in 2011 on the …more

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Nigeria: Meningitis Outbreak in Nigeria affects five States

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

Public health agencies in Nigeria led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) are supporting several States in North West Nigeria to respond to a widespread outbreak of Cerebrospinal meningitis …more

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New Zealand: It’s a hoax but anti-vaxxers should get to watch their film in peace – Mark Sainsbury

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

A controversial anti-vaccination film screened in Auckland at the weekend. The documentary organisers had to keep the screening location secret, fearing there would be disruption. The need for secrecy made me uncomfortable. You might not believe what someone else believes, …more

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USA: Skepticism About Skepticism

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

Calling someone a “skeptic” can be a term of praise or condemnation. Too often, it expresses approval when the target of skepticism is a claim we reject, and disapproval when the target is a claim we hold dear. I might …more

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Pakistan: Polio refusal among Pakistani literates baffles officials

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

Educated people refusing to vaccinate their children during polio campaigns across Pakistan is an unfortunate situation, an official has said. A large number of educated people did not want to vaccinate their children during the recent polio drive here, Dawn …more

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India: App audio spreads lies, hits child health drive in seven districts

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

Rumours have hit the immunization programme and nutrition drive in Mewat and many other districts across the state, delaying the project and creating fear and confusion among people, especially minorities. In Churu, the medical team who went to conduct a health …more

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Lesotho: Health ministry speaks out

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

THE Ministry of Health says it was well within its constitutional rights to vaccinate children without written parental consent during the recent measles and rubella immunisation campaign. The countrywide campaign, which ran from 13 to 24 February, has ignited an …more

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USA: Vaccine skeptics, newly energized, gather in D.C. to protest — and to lobby

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

WASHINGTON — They’re calling it a “revolution for truth.” Activists who reject the robust science supporting vaccinations are gathering here Friday for a protest and march, capped off by a speech from Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a noted and vociferous vaccine skeptic. The …more

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Pakistan: Superstition frustrates anti-polio efforts – Harvard survey

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

  A survey conducted by Harvard University showed that the key challenges impeding in the polio eradication process in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa included poor knowledge about the disease among the masses and rumours associated with such campaigns. The study reveals that very …more

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USA: Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Could be Modeled After Vaccines

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

Every time we write an article about autonomous vehicles, our comments section is quickly populated with discourse over how litigation would be handled in the event of a crash. Who do you sue? You can’t fault the driver, because a …more

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New Zealand: Pakeha rejecting vaccine

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

The Ministry of Health says due to concerns around low Gardasil 9 vaccination rates among Pakeha, it included a range of ethnic backgrounds in this marketing promotion. The vaccine extended to boys this year. A vaccine that tackles the virus …more

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Canada: America’s anti-vaxxer movement is dangerous, but Canada’s patchy immunization records are worse

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

Canadian medical and public health experts are worried about the potential impact the American anti-vaccine movement might have north of the border—a concern based as much on precedent as it is on the strength of current anti-vaccine rhetoric. In 2015, …more

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France: WHO warns of measles outbreak across Europe

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

The World Health Organization warned Tuesday of large measles outbreaks in countries where immunisation has dropped, after more than 500 cases of the highly contagious disease were reported across Europe in January. “With steady progress towards elimination over the past …more

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USA: We Need to Stop Calling Breast-Feeding ‘Natural’

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

Public health advocates often use the phrase natural in their attempts to promote breast-feeding. As a marketing strategy, it’s a shrewd move. Most mothers will feel at least a little bit guilty about going the “unnatural” route and will be too …more

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Pakistan: Pakistan’s immunisation programmes at risk – WB

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

Pakistan cannot succeed in immunisation programmes in the absence of developing Vaccine Inventory Management System (VIMS), which includes proper storage and handling of vaccines, World Bank latest assessment report points out. A fiduciary systems assessment (FSA) carried out by the …more

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Niger: New vaccine could slow disease that kills 600 children a day

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

A new vaccine against a diarrheal disease that kills about 600 children a day worked well in a large trial in Africa and appears to be a practical way to protect millions of children, scientists said on Wednesday. The new …more

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UK: On the wrong side of history

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

As anti-vaccination movements gain momentum in some regions, World Immunization Week 2017 reminds us that vaccines work and are safe, and that ideological positions contrary to this truth ignore the weight of scientific evidence and deny a long history of …more

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USA: Study Re-Emphasizes If You Want To Advance Science, Try Explaining It More Simply

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

Maybe you’ve heard the following philosophical question, “if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Similarly, if you make a scientific discovery, but no one else understands it, …more

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Slovakia: Pediatrician – Parents only realise the importance of vaccines when the disease is real

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

V Rumunsku sa v priebehu jedného roka zvýšil počet nakazených detí osýpkami z 15 na viac ako 3100, dokonca niekoľko detí umrelo. Ochorenie zachytili už aj na juhu Maďarska a detská lekárka Elena Prokopová, ktorá sa venuje problematike očkovania, varuje, …more

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Pakistan: 8 held on refusing vaccination to their children in Peshawar

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

At least eight people were arrested on refusing vaccination to their children during an anti-polio campaign in Shaheen Muslimabad locality of Peshawar.   The district administration sources said that a total of 153 parents refused administering anti-polio vaccine to their …more

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Maldives: The number of people tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus in the Maldives has risen to 176

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

http://malaysiandigest.com/world/665540-number-of-patients-infected-with-h1n1-in-maldives-rises-to-176.html statistics released by the Health Protection Agency showed here Friday, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.  Seven more people tested positive with the virus on Thursday with 23 patients in total being hospitalised with H1N1 to date.  At least two …more

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Ireland: MMR vaccine uptake at 91pc after numbers fell in 1990s

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

The uptake of the MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella has recovered and now stands at around 91.3pc nationally. The vaccine was at the centre of an unfounded scare in the late 1990s when it was wrongly …more

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Psychological factors associated with uptake of the childhood influenza vaccine and perception of post-vaccination side-effects: A cross-sectional survey in England

Posted on 25 Mar, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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UK: Parental perceptions about influenza vaccine inhibit uptake

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

  “Although acute symptoms are common following many vaccinations, their causes are not always straightforward,” Louise E. Smith, PhD, and colleagues wrote. “While some may be directly attributable to vaccination, others may reflect pre-existing or coincidental symptoms that are misattributed …more

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Fiji: Health Ministry will continue to give Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine to year 8 girls

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

Health and Medical Services Minister Rosy Akbar has stressed that they will continue giving the Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine to year 8 girls. While responding to Opposition MPs’ repeated questions on whether any review has been undertaken to evaluate the …more

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USA: Bill aiming to boost vaccination rates dies

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

The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday killed a watered-down version of a bill designed to increase the vaccination rate for school-aged children. Senate Bill 83, authored by Sen. Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City, originally removed the vaccination exemptions from state law, but …more

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Madagascar: Refus de vaccination anti-poliomyélite

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

Plusieurs parents à Antananarivo-ville refusent de faire vacciner leurs enfants, pendant cette campagne de lutte contre la poliomyélite qui se tient, actuellement. Ils craignent les impacts de la fréquence de ces vaccins. Certains des vaccinateurs qui sont des agents communautaires, …more

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USA: You’re an expert at avoiding information you don’t want to know. Here’s why

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

New research illustrates how we tend to select our own realities by deliberately avoiding information that threatens our happiness and wellbeing. People on diets, for example, prefer not to look at the calories in their tasty dessert, and people choose …more

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Algérie: les parents boudent une campagne de vaccination

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

A majority of parents refused to have their children vaccinated against measles and rubella during a campaign launched in schools in Algeria, a health official said Wednesday, five months after the death of two infants after a vaccine. “Of the …more

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Italy’s Five Star Movement blamed for surge in measles cases

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

An Italian health official has blamed an alarming rise in measles cases on the populist Five Star Movement (M5S), which has campaigned on an anti-vaccination platform and has repeated discredited links between vaccinations and autism. According to the health ministry, …more

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USA: States Can Lower Risk of Measles Outbreak by Strengthening Exemption Policies

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

AURORA, Colo. (March 21, 2017) -States with weaker non-medical exemption policies for vaccinations can reduce the likelihood of a measles outbreak 140 to 190 percent by strengthening them, a new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus shows. …more

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Kazakhstan: Religion Blamed For Parents’ Refusals To Vaccinate Kids In Kazakhstan

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

Earlier this month, at a tense town-hall-style meeting in a western region of Kazakhstan regarded as a hotbed for Islamic fundamentalism, physicians, religious leaders, and local government officials debated the fate of the next generation. Parents, some of them recalcitrant …more

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Italy: In Sicilia ormai è allarme morbillo – rischio mortalità per 60 bambini

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

Palermo – Si scrive morbillo, si legge paura, scetticismo, irresponsabilità, arroganza, diffidenza e soprattutto ignoranza. Con la salute dei bambini non si scherza! Eppure ancora oggi, malgrado i numerosi appelli e le prese di posizione, ultimo quello di qualche giorno …more

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India: Swine flu panic grips Rajasthan,

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

In the last few months scores of people have been reported to be swine flu positive and are undergoing treatment in hospitals. However, the figures may be high since from rural and semi-urban areas the swine flu cases go unreported. This …more

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Brazil fears breakout of yellow fever

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

CASIMIRO DE ABREU, BRAZIL—This small city in the state of Rio de Janeiro is on high alert after authorities confirmed the death of one man by yellow fever and were investigating several other possible cases. Health authorities this week confirmed …more

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School-based vaccination programmes: a systematic review of the evidence on organisation and delivery in high income countries

Posted on 19 Mar, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature

   

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UK: Coroner urges Government to roll out Meningitis B vaccine to all youngsters after teenage girl’s death

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

Ms Voisin said she would be now be urging for the Meningitis B vaccine to be rolled out to Izzy’s age group to prevent future deaths. Since 2015 the vaccine has been available to babies in the UK and the number …more

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Ireland: Mumps cases up 900% in six years

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

Young people are being urged to get the MMR vaccine after it emerged mumps cases have risen by 900% in the last six years.  The latest health surveillance figures revealed Ireland record 2,014 cases of mumps in 2015 – a …more

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Malawi: leads global cervical cancer mortality

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

Malawi is lagging behind in the fight against cancer of the cervix as the country leads the global score card on the disease’s incidences and mortality. A 2013 research, vetted by the World Health Organisation, shows that 2,324 women die …more

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Italy: Measles cases triple in Italy as parents shun vaccine

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

The number of measles cases in Italy has tripled this year, largely because parents are not getting children vaccinated due to spurious health scares, the health ministry said Friday.  More than 700 cases have been registered since the start of …more

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Italy: C’è un preoccupante aumento dei casi di morbillo

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

Da ieri si parla molto di un comunicato del ministero della Salute nel quale viene definito “preoccupante” l’aumento del numero di casi di morbillo in Italia, dovuto principalmente a una sensibile riduzione delle vaccinazioni, il sistema più efficace per tenere …more

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USA: Global Health in a Populist and Nationalist Age

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

Global Health in a Populist and Nationalist Age | JIA SIPA For nearly two decades, there has been a positive, dreamy side to globalization. Building on the 1948 founding of the World Health Organization and its stated mission of health for …more

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Australia: Vaccination debate flares on NSW north coast after 7year-old contracts tetanus

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

There was controversy earlier this week when anti-vaccination advocate David Wolfe gave a sold-out talk in Mullumbimby, where childhood immunisation rates are around 50 per cent. Dr Ingall said the anti-vaccination movement was an ongoing source of frustration for many …more

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USA: Black Americans more likely to skip flu shot

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

More than half of American adults don’t get an annual flu shot, and black Americans are even less likely to do so because of concerns about side effects, researchers report. Campaigns advocating annual free flu shots should not only focus …more

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Pakistan: Polio’s last stand – frantic effort to eradicate Pakistan’s ‘badge of shame’

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

At a busy toll plaza in Kohat, Pakistan, a three-member vaccination team is working fast. Flanked by armed military personnel, the vaccinators approach a white van as it pulls away from the scattered stream of traffic, cars rattling east toward …more

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Australia: Australia considering childcare ban on unvaccinated children

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

Unvaccinated children would be banned from childcare centres and preschools under an Australian government plan. Unvaccinated children would be banned from childcare centres and preschools across the country under a push by the federal government. Some Australian states already have …more

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Romania: Measles outbreak in Romania has killed 17 children

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

A measles outbreak in Romania has killed 17 children and infected thousands more since September due to poverty and an anti-vaccination movement, local media reported Saturday. Romanian health minister Florian Bodog said that none of the children who died from …more

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Brazil: State of Rio de Janeiro plans to vaccinate entire population against yellow fever

Posted on 12 Mar, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News
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India: What Tamil Nadu has failed to communicate to parents about the measles-rubella immunisation drive

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

India is conducting a mass immunisation drive to build herd immunity against measles, by plugging gaps that occur during routine immunisations. Tony Fredrick/CDC Global/Flickr [Licensed under CC BY 2.0] Yesterday · 02:30 pm.   Kamala ThiagarajanThe Tamil Nadu government’s recent …more

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Nigeria: Nasarawa herdsmen seek polio vaccines for their children

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

Some Fulani herdsmen in Agyaragu, Jenkwe Community Development Area, Nasarawa State, on Saturday, accused the state Social Mobilisation Technical Committee on Polio Eradication of marginalising their children.  The Hardo of Fulani, Mr. Usman Abdullahi, made the accusation during a sensitisation …more

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Saudi Arabia: One way the Islamic world is tackling its problem with childhood vaccines

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

Around the world, some 1.5 million children die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases. The problem? Most vaccines are imported from developed nations, making them unaffordable for those who need them most in developing nations. And vaccine shortages that threaten polio …more

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Ethics, evidence and the anti-vaccination debate

Posted on 12 Mar, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature

the NMBA made clear its expectation that, when providing advice on immunisation, nurses and midwives have a fundamental responsibility to make use of ‘the best available evidence’ and to uphold their respective profession’s code of conduct and code of ethics. …more

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Is Colombia reaching the goals on infant immunization coverage? A quantitative survey from 80 municipalities

Posted on 12 Mar, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Factors affecting the willingness of nursing students to receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination: A large-scale cross-sectional study

Posted on 12 Mar, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Knowledge and perceptions of polio and polio immunization in polio high-risk areas of Pakistan

Posted on 12 Mar, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Romania: Measles outbreak causes 17 deaths

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

Thousands of people have caught measles in an ongoing outbreak that has caused 17 deaths in Romania, the health minister said Friday. Florian Bodog said that around 3,400 people had contracted the disease since the outbreak began in September 2016. …more

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USA: Brigham Young University professor’s immunization bill passes House and Senate

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

A bill to start “a pathway to immunization” passed the Senate on Monday, Mar. 7. HB308 “requires the Department of Health to create an online education module regarding certain preventable diseases and create a new vaccination exemption form.” Utah recently made headlines …more

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India: Impotence rumour stalls immunization in Mewat, Haryana

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

Due to the fear of being rendered impotent or infertile, the immunization drive in Mewat, Haryana, has been hit hard as children are avoiding schools where injections and various drops are administered to kids. The vaccination drive which has been …more

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Ireland: Anti-vaccine sentiment will not be easily eradicated

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

A general scepticism about science has pervaded Donald Trump’s rhetoric throughout his campaign and since he took office. This scepticism has been reflected in his appointments. In case you missed it, Trump appointed someone to head the Environmental Protection Agency …more

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Romania: European Center for Disease Prevention – Romania may “export” measles outbreak

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

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control ECDC has been evaluating the risk that the current measles outbreak in Romania would spread to the EU, and says the likelihood of exportation of measles cases from the country is high. “Considering …more

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Australia: Australians’ attitudes to vaccination are more complex than a simple ‘pro’ or ‘anti’ label

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

Reading the headlines, it would be easy to believe childhood vaccination rates are declining in Australia, due to an increasing trend towards distrust of vaccines among parents. In fact, vaccination rates in Australia have been high and stable, hovering between …more

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USA: Don’t believe everything you search on Google

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

Don’t believe everything you search. Or at least, not the featured snippets that Google puts at the top of search results. The featured snippets are one of the 10 top search results Google displays in a special box. And they are in the …more

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India: Nuh vaccination drive suspended

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

Four days after rumours spread about vaccination drive causing infertility among the students in Nuh, the district administration on Tuesday decided to suspend the drive for at least a week and hold meetings in mosques and schools to clear the …more

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Australia: Unvaccinated children being refused healthcare, Australian survey shows

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

The president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Michael Gannon, says he is horrified by findings from a survey showing that healthcare practitioners are refusing to treat unvaccinated children. The findings come from the latest Australian child health poll, a …more

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Croatia: Major party wants to abolish compulsory vaccinations

Posted on 7 Mar, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Latest News
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Missing the signals:  India’s anti-vaccination social media campaign

Posted on 7 Mar, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Blog

It is not just in the US and Europe where wealthier populations are among the most vaccine questioning.  India recently launched a one-month campaign to vaccinate over 35 million 9-month to 15-year old children with a measles-rubella vaccine across five …more

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Algeria: Une campagne de vaccination suscite la méfiance

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

La campagne de vaccination contre la rougeole et la rubéole R-R est au centre d’une controverse nourrie par les associations de parents d’élèves qui ont émis des réserves sur le fait de devoir signer un engagement. Devant l’ampleur de la polémique, le ministère de la Santé …more

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India: Tamil Nadu government tweets antidote for anti-Measles-Rubella vaccination buzz

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

CHENNAI: How do you counter a ‘fake news’ campaign on social media? Burnt by the persistent whisper campaign that has severely hampered the ongoing Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination drive, the State health department has figured that the best antidote is perhaps …more

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Australia: Malcolm Turnbull attacks Pauline Hanson’s views on vaccination

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

Pauline Hanson’s views on vaccination. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images View more sharing options Shares 916 Comments 1,041 Australian Associated Press Sunday 5 March 2017 04.02 GMT Malcolm Turnbull has shot down Pauline Hanson’s assertion the government is blackmailing parents into vaccinating …more

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Switzerland: WHO-validated websites provide trustworthy information on vaccine safety

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

When people need advice about topics like health, careers, or relationships, the first place they often look is the internet. The same is true when parents and caregivers are seeking credible information about whether vaccines are safe for their children. …more

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Building the legacy of Ebola: Survivors, health systems, and a blueprint for research and development

Posted on 5 Mar, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Symposium Post
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ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR ZIKA VIRUS HUMAN CHALLENGE TRIALS

Posted on 5 Mar, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Symposium Post
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Will an American-Led Anti-Vaccine Movement Subvert Global Health?

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

We’ve made great gains in fighting infectious diseases in the last 50 years—but those gains are fragile By Peter J. Hotez on March 3, 2017     Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Email Print Share via …more

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India: Low MR vaccine coverage in Tamil Nadu a worry

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

Only about 50% of children aged 9 months to 15 years have been covered so far The Hindu 4 Mar 2017 R. Prasad There is a need to increase the vaccination coverage Only about 50% of children aged nine months …more

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New Zealand: Stealthy showing of anti-vaccination film

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

Controversial anti-vaccine movie Vaxxed is set to premiere under stealth in New Zealand next month, prompting fears that the film could lead to more children missing out on vaccination. Ticket buyers will only be notified of the venue by text …more

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Determinants of geographic inequalities in HPV vaccination in the most populated region of France

Posted on 4 Mar, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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USA: Texas groups fight pro-vaccine
legislation

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

AUSTIN, Texas – A group called Texans for Vaccine Choice is speaking out against the pro-vaccine legislation up for debate this session.  “The one fundamental belief we all share is that parents are best suited to make medical decisions for …more

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Luxembourg: Grippe – près de 10% de la population a été vaccinée

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

Alors que l’épisode grippal s’éloigne après avoir durement touché le Luxembourg – mi-janvier, la grippe a tué 40 personnes par semaine – la ministre de la Santé, Lydia Mutsch, dans une réponse parlementaire aux députés Gusty Graas et Alex Krieps, …more

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Australia: Mother trolled by anti-vaxxers after posting video of tired baby

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

Sophia Cachia, the Young Mummy, has been trolled by ignorant anti-vaxxers on Facebook after she posted a video of her tired baby after her vaccinations. Mother trolled by anti-vaxxers after posting video of tired baby

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Switzerland: WHO-validated websites provide trustworthy information on vaccine safety

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

When people need advice about topics like health, careers, or relationships, the first place they often look is the internet. The same is true when parents and caregivers are seeking credible information about whether vaccines are safe for their children. …more

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USA: How Does the Public’s View of Science Go So Wrong?

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

Do Americans hate science? They certainly seem to hate it more than they used to, as they rage against experts in every field. This is more than a traditional American distaste for eggheads and intellectuals. Americans, increasingly, are acting (and …more

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USA: Mumps outbreak prompts alert, call to make sure vaccinations up to date

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

“Because of the high numbers of mumps cases across the country, it is especially important to make sure your children are vaccinated”, said Rachel Herlihy, director of the Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division at the Colorado Department of Public …more

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Literature Literature archive

MA Habib, S Soofi, S Cousens, et.al 2017 Lancet Glob Health 5: e593–603
M Bazán, E Villacorta, G Barbagelatta, et al. 2017 Vaccine Vol35(22): 2930–2936
Moro, Pedro L et al. 2017 The Lancet Infectious Diseases , Vol 17(5): 469 - 470

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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