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Kyrgyzstan: All my kids are vaccinated – Mufti

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pakistan: Polio workers move to nip virus in the bud

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

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

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

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

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

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Vaccination Rates among Younger Siblings of Children with Autism

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

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

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

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Ireland: The HPV propaganda battle

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

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

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UK: Convenience key in flu vaccine uptake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pakistan: Religious scholars engaged in polio vaccination campaign

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

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

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UK: NHS fears the worst flu season in history

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ireland: Anti-HPV vaccine myths have fatal consequences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: Study – Medical exemptions up for California vaccinations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Australia: Why anti-vaxxers shouldn’t be censored

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

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

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USA: Immunization landscape changes after California drops personal belief exemptions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: Why HPV Vaccination Rates Remain Low in Rural States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Yemen: Cholera death rates soar in rebel-held areas

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

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

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Afghanistan: Mobile mullahs on a mission to eradicate polio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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India: Rumour proves costly for vaccination drive in old city

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

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

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Ireland: Uptake of schoolgirl cancer vaccine plummets in Limerick

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

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

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Japan: HPV Vaccine Safety in Japan: Why Numbers Matter

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

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

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Pertussis vaccination in pregnancy: State of the art

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

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

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

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Switzerland: Scientists can vaccinate us against fake news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pakistan: Parliamentarians seek action against chief commissioner

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: Pregnant Women Absent from Zika Vaccine Trials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: More potent, safer Zika vaccine developed

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

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

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India: Telangana ropes in religious leaders for vaccination campaign

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

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

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Ireland: HPV vaccine lowest in disadvantaged schools

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

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

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Italy: Correcting Vaccine Misinformation May Reinforce False Beliefs Instead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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France: Le casse-tête de la vaccination obligatoire

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

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

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

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

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

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India: Measles Makes A Comeback, Especially In North India

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

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

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

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

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

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Separating Vaccination Fact From Fiction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Australia: Anti-vaccination film has secret screening at Crown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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France: Teenage girl dies of measles

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

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

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Ukraine: The sad inevitability of Ukraine’s measles outbreak

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

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

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

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

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

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New Report Shows 64 Of 195 Countries Aren’t Meeting A Basic Vaccination Target

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

Vaccine progress is stalling. That’s the message from a new report issued by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The report focuses on the DTP vaccine — the essential vaccine that protects kids against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) and that …more

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Oman: Helping the heroines of polio eradication

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

Last month, world governments and other donors pledged $1.2 billion to help carry the 30-year fight to eradicate polio over the finish line. At its height, the polio epidemic caused 350,000 cases of paralysis in children every year. Last year, …more

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USA: Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions Create Pockets of Vulnerability

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

In 2003, about 2,000 children in Texas opted out of required vaccinations for non-medical reasons. Today, that number has risen to almost 45,000, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Even though statewide levels of vaccinations remain high at more than 98%, …more

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Belgium: Call for public investment to reverse Europe’s rising tide of vaccine scepticism

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

Call for public investment to reverse Europe’s rising tide of vaccine scepticism Florin Zubascu, Science|Business Experts decry record-breaking scepticism towards vaccines across the EU and plead with member states to monitor attitudes and work to build public confidence     …more

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USA: Slight drop in measles vaccinations could triple infections in US kids

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

Just a 5 percent decline in measles vaccination rates could triple the number of young children who get infected with the virus in the U.S., according to a study highlighting the risks of parents refusing to vaccinate their kids. Nationwide, …more

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

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

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

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Pakistan: Polio virus threat continues to haunt Islamabad

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: Vaccine Exemptions Driving up Whooping Cough Cases

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

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

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Parents’ concerns about vaccine scheduling in Shanghai, China

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

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

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

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

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Syria: Syria polio outbreak rises to 27 cases

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

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

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India: No excuses, vaccines in schools to be mandatory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: In alarming trend, more Maine kids lacking vaccinations

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

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

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Afghanistan: Officials say new polio case detected in a toddler

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

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

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Indonesia:Measles kills 40 in Deiyai

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Yemen: U.N. Suspending Plan for Cholera Vaccination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vietnam: Anti-vaccination trend worries experts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: New Pennsylvania school vaccination rules take effect this year

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

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

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

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

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

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Syria, Pakistan: New polio cases

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

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

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

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

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

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South Africa: Bird flu toughens live chicken sales

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pakistan: Polio worker shot dead in Kalu Khan, Swabi

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

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

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India: Fake vaccination certificate racket under police’s radar

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

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

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Italy: Measles takes the lives of two Italians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Polio Eradication Hopes and Fears: What Next?

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

See original post published by The Communication Initiative Coauthors: Heidi Larson & Will Schulz In August 1980, just three months after the World Health Assembly declared smallpox to be officially eradicated, D.A. Henderson stood up to address a gathering at the …more

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Germany: Advocating for vaccination in a climate of science denial

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

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

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

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

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

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Romania: Measles outbreak kills 30

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

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

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India: H1N1 bigger killer than dengue and malaria

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

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

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

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

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

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Australia: Queensland babies on waiting list for tuberculosis vaccine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DR Congo: Polio outbreak ‘from poor vaccine coverage’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ukraine: Reports hundreds of measles cases, vaccination rates low

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sweden: Stop Measles Parties before more children suffer

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

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

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India: New Zika cases in India must be reported

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

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

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

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

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

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Syria: Polio outbreak reported

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Austria: Parents eye Austrian asylum in Italy vaccination dispute

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

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

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UK: The Virome and the Anti-vaccination Debate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: Minnesota health leaders ask imams to push for vaccination

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

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

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India: ‘Immunise Kochi’ plan to get fillip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DRC: Approves use of Ebola vaccine

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

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

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

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

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

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Oman: Vaccination date for Haj pilgrims extended by Ministry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Germany: German kindergartens to name parents who skip vaccine advice

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

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

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USA: Why science denial isn’t necessarily ideological

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

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

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Pakistan: Refusal cases in Fata against polio vaccine cut drastically

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Malaysia: Vaccines not wrong from the Islamic perspective

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on 21 May, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Literature Literature archive

Glickman G, Harrison E, Dobkins K. 2017 N Engl J Med 377:1099-1101 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1708223
Filia A, Bella A, Del Manso M, Baggieri M, Magurano F, Rota MC 2017 Euro Surveillance 22(37):pii=30614. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2017.22.37.30614
Mehrotra R, Hariprasad R, Rajaraman P, Mahajan V, Grover R, Kaur P, Swaminathan S 2017 Journal of Global Oncology 0 0:0 DOI: 10.1200/JGO.17.00030

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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