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India: More baby girls than boys die in India, as parents neglect healthcare

Posted on 24 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

   | 22 FEBRUARY, 2018 More baby girls than boys die in India, as parents neglect healthcare India offers free care to newborns in more than 700 state-run hospitals A medical worker administers polio drops to an infant at a hospital …more

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USA: HPV Vaccination Rates Among American Teens Still Low

Posted on 24 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

An alarming rate of teens in the United States haven’t received HPV vaccination yet or don’t know much about how it could help prevent cancer, according to a new study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Annually, about 31,000 people …more

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Brazil: Vaccinating entire population against yellow fever

Posted on 24 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

 Brazilian minister of health, Ricardo Barros, on Thursday proposed to vaccinate the entire country against yellow fever, after the disease emerged in new areas.   The recommendation will now be discussed with international organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) …more

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UK: I understand the fears. But vaccinating children should be compulsory

Posted on 23 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

When Roald Dahl’s daughter Olivia was seven, she fell ill. He thought she was on the way to recovery and often read to her. “I was sitting on her bed, showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured …more

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USA: Trump appears to abandon vaccine sceptic group denounced by scientists

Posted on 23 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Donald Trump appears to have abandoned plans to investigate the spurious link between childhood immunisations and autism, a move welcomed by experts but condemned by Robert F Kennedy Jr, a vaccine sceptic. The son of former US attorney general Bobby Kennedy …more

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Switzerland: Europe Saw 4-Fold Increase In Measles Cases In 2017

Posted on 21 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Measles is highly contagious, but easily preventable with a vaccine. However, the numbers of measles cases sharply jumped up in Europe in 2017, according to new data released by the World Health Organization. In 2017, the disease affected 21,315 people, compared …more

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Italy: Italian election leaves science out in the cold

Posted on 21 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

As campaigning ahead of Italy’s national election enters its final weeks, researchers in the country fear that budget cuts and declining interest in science will only continue — whatever the outcome of the vote on 4 March. A complex coalition …more

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Congo-Kinshasa: Polio Outbreak Threatens a Global Crisis

Posted on 21 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

THE outbreak of poliovirus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is feared to spread to neighbouring countries as thousands flee the war-torn country. Some 20 children have been affected by the paralysing disease that has been declared a national …more

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Ireland: Measles outbreak – the price of bad science

Posted on 20 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

In an ideal world the current outbreak of measles in Limerick and Dublin would not be happening. Ireland would have established herd immunity against the infectious disease following years of childhood immunisation with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Had vaccination …more

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Brazil: South America records most yellow fever cases in decades

Posted on 19 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

South America records most yellow fever cases in decades Stephanie Soucheray | News Reporter | CIDRAP News   Feb 19, 2018     A new report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) documents yellow fever cases in animals and …more

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Switzerland: WHO warns over measles immunisa-
tion rates as cases rise 400% across Europe

Posted on 19 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Measles cases have soared across Europe over the last year, with large outbreaks affecting one in four countries, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) which is concerned by low rates of immunisation against the disease. WHO Europe says there has been …more

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Philippines: Dengvaxia Scare -Turning A Serious Health Issue To A Political Witch-Hunt

Posted on 18 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Dengvaxia Scare -Turning A Serious Health Issue To A Political Witch-Hunt The real experts have spoken. We have been wanting to write about the Dengue vaccine mess since last year but for obvious lack of knowledge or expertise on the …more

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Pakistan: Polio worker’s sister kidnapped, later found unconscious

Posted on 18 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

PESHAWAR: A teenage girl accompanying her sister during an anti-polio vaccination campaign in Sheikhan village near the boundary with Khyber Agency was seized and taken away by unidentified people and left unconscious in a graveyard several hours later. Locals said …more

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France: Health chiefs in south west warn public over deadly measles epidemic

Posted on 18 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Health authorities in south western France, which has been hit by a measles epidemic, have reminded the public of the dangers of the virus after a young woman died this week. The young woman died in hospital in the city …more

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Anti-vaccination and pro-CAM attitudes both reflect magical beliefs about health

Posted on 18 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

We examined the relationship between complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use and vaccination scepticism; and specifically whether a person’s more general health-related worldview might explain this relationship. A cross-sectional online survey of adult Australians (N = 2697) included demographic, CAM, and vaccination …more

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Parents’ knowledge, beliefs, and acceptance of the HPV vaccination in relation to their socio-demographics and religious beliefs: A cross-sectional study in Thailand

Posted on 18 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

Thailand has one of the world’s highest prevalence of cervical cancer, mainly caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV infections can successfully be prevented by vaccination, which is available at a cost but not yet implemented in the national vaccination …more

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Global Girl Gang : Social media networks and the HPV vaccine

Posted on 18 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Blog

If there is one time of life when emotional ups and downs are particularly steep—with roller-coaster highs and lows, risky behaviour, and attention seeking at an all-time high—it’s adolescence. It is an exciting, scary, and vulnerable time. Many cultures around …more

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Brazil: Yellow fever vaccine campaign struggling to meet goal

Posted on 17 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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USA: Young Kids Are Getting The Best Protection From Current Flu Vaccine

Posted on 16 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Federal health officials say that, as they anticipated, the flu vaccine isn’t very effective this year — but they say it has still prevented thousands of serious illnesses and deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures that, overall, …more

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South Sudan: End of a cholera epidemic declared

Posted on 16 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

On Feb 7, 2018, South Sudan announced that the country’s longrunning cholera epidemic was at an end. The disease broke out in June, 2016. Over the following 18 months, there were more than 20 000 cases and 436 reported deaths. …more

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France: Les conclusions douteuses d’articles hostiles au vaccin contre la grippe

Posted on 15 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

La vaccination contre la grippe, « peu efficace » et même « gravement dangereuse » ? C’est ce qu’affirment plusieurs articles publiés sur des sites Internetfrancophones ces derniers jours. Mais malgré l’existence de limites et critiques fondées des vaccins antigrippaux, ces gros titres très catégoriques déforment sensiblement les …more

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Canada: Over 5,000 elementary school kids suspended in Toronto for out-of-date immunization records

Posted on 15 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

A total of 5,063 public elementary students were suspended in Toronto this school year after getting caught in what one doctor called, a “1970s-style, cumbersome process.” The number of students suspended amounted to 7 per cent of the 73,262 elementary …more

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France: Measles on rise amid distrust of vaccines

Posted on 15 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

France has been urged to overcome its distrust of vaccinations as the country experiences an epidemic of measles that has claimed at least one life. Agnès Buzyn, the health minister, issued an urgent appeal yesterday for those who have not …more

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USA: Study shows youngest kids most at risk of flu death

Posted on 14 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

A new analysis of seasonal flu deaths in US children in the six seasons that followed the 2009 H1N1 pandemic reveals that children ages 2 and younger are most at risk, and of children who died, less than a third …more

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Controversial Ebola Vaccine Trials in Ghana

Posted on 14 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Video

Key figures share their perspectives on a controversy that led to the suspension of Ebola vaccine clinical trials in Ghana.

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Italy: Biology conference in Italy sparks criticism for including anti-vaccine speakers

Posted on 14 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

A conference set to take place in Rome at the beginning of March to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Order of Biologists has sparked controversy around Italy because it will host a series of speakers associated with the …more

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USA: Trump could help curb a potential pandemic. Instead, he has been silent.

Posted on 14 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

One in 10 Americans who died last week were killed by flu — more than from opioid addiction or breast cancer. The 2018 flu outbreak is on track to rival the swine flu epidemic of 2009, which made 60 million Americans sick, …more

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France: Cas mortel de rougeole: “la vaccination est un acte collectif”

Posted on 14 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Pascal Fabre, médecin de l’Agence régionale de santé de Nouvelle-Aquitaine, où une femme est morte de la rougeole début février, rappelle la nécessité individuelle et collective du vaccin. Une femme non-vaccinée, âgée de 32 ans et résidant à Poitiers, est morte …more

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Canada: Scientists, researchers fight against online plague of nutrition pseudoscience

Posted on 13 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Finding health information online is easy. Cutting through the clutter and getting facts is very difficult. There’s a cacophony of voices, each saying something different. The confusion worsens when charlatans provide false hope and bad advice. But there is a …more

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Sweden: Measles cases in Europe tripled last year

Posted on 13 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

A total of 14,451 measles cases were reported to the European Surveillance System from 30 countries across the European Union (EU) in 2017, more than triple 2016’s case count of 4,643. The figures come from data collected by the European …more

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USA: Real heroes have the guts to admit they’re wrong

Posted on 12 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

What do you do when you discover you’re wrong? That’s a conundrum Daniel Bolnick recently faced. He’s an evolutionary biologist, and in 2009 he published a paper with a cool finding: Fish with different diets have quite different body types. …more

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A global girl gang

Posted on 11 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Literature

If there is one time of life when emotional ups and downs are particularly steep—with roller-coaster highs and lows, risky behaviour, and attention seeking at an all-time high—it’s adolescence. It is an exciting, scary, and vulnerable time. Many cultures around …more

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Sweden: Low uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination in Europe may jeopardise capacity to protect people in next pandemic

Posted on 11 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Fewer than one third of older people are vaccinated in half the countries surveyed Influenza vaccination coverage among high-risk groups has dropped in the European Region over the last seven years, and half the countries report a decrease in the …more

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Hong Kong: Singer Kay Tse embroiled in flu vaccine controversy

Posted on 10 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

As the government scrambles to contain the influenza outbreak in Hong Kong, a famous Cantopop singer has found herself at the center of a controversy regarding the effectiveness of the influenza vaccines provided to the public, the Hong Kong Economic …more

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Ukraine: Half of Ukrainians vaccinated against diphtheria

Posted on 10 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

As of February 9, about half of Ukrainians are inoculated against diphtheria. Ulyana Suprun, the acting minister of healthcare of Ukraine said that in an interview with 112 Ukraine TV channel.  ‘We’ve got to get the numbers growing; there’s enough vaccine in …more

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Pakistan: Nutritionists threaten to boycott polio campaign

Posted on 10 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Finland: None who got the shot 15 years ago have developed HPV-related disease

Posted on 10 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Last year, figures from the CDC showed a dramatic climb in diagnoses of HPV-related cancers, all of which the agency explained were preventable.  An average of 39,000 cases were diagnosed each year between 2008 and 2012, the CDC reported. That was …more

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USA: David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe Deletes Reviews After Facebook Page Slammed With Thousands Of 1-Star Ratings

Posted on 9 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

One of Facebook’s most ubiquitous public figures, with over 12 million followers, David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe’s page was slammed between the evening of February 7th and the morning of the 8th with scathing 1-star reviews. Best known as the curly-haired infomercial …more

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UK: Year of reckoning for women in science

Posted on 9 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Sweden: At-risk Europeans under-vaccinated against flu

Posted on 8 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Half of the countries in the European Union (EU) report that only about one in three adults age 65 and older are vaccinated against the flu, and uptake is low in other high-risk groups, as well. Experts warn that low …more

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France: La Cour des comptes souhaite une politique vaccinale plus ambitieuse

Posted on 7 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Dans son rapport annuel, la Cour des comptes demande encore davantage d’ambition aux pouvoirs publics. La politique vaccinale est «un enjeu de santé publique, une confiance à conforter», estime la Cour des comptes dans son rapport annuel 2018. Car la …more

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Philippines: ‘Urgent justice’ may restore public trust to DOH programs—health advocate

Posted on 7 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The public’s trust on the vaccination program of the Department of Health (DOH) could only be regained if there would be “urgent justice” and “truth would be unveiled” concerning the Dengvaxia issue, a health reform advocate stressed on Tuesday. During the …more

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UK: What’s The Real Story About The Milkmaid And The Smallpox Vaccine?

Posted on 7 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

HISTORY What’s The Real Story About The Milkmaid And The Smallpox Vaccine? Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email February 1, 20184:09 PM ET SUSAN BRINK   As history tells it, young Edward Jenner heard a milkmaid brag that having cowpox made her …more

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USA: Belief in conspiracy theories associated with vaccine skepticism

Posted on 7 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Vaccination without Litigation — Addressing Religious Objections to Hospital Influenza-Vaccination Mandates

Posted on 7 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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USA: Minnesota vaccination activists now are seeking political allies

Posted on 5 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

A severe measles outbreak sickened dozens of Minnesotans last year and threw a harsh light on activists with vaccination concerns, but now they are back, believing they have gained the political clout to push through legislation that would alert parents …more

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Philippines: Recto urges DOH to use P634-M ad budget to counter vaccine fake news

Posted on 5 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto urged the Department of Health (DOH) to use its P634-million advertising budget to fight vaccine fake news. In a statement on Monday, February 5, Recto said that the budget should be used to launch an …more

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Philippines: ‘Stop PAO autopsies on suspected Dengvaxia victims’

Posted on 4 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

The group issued the statement after forensic pathologists from the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) presented their diagnosis on these deaths on Friday, February 2. Doctors for Public Welfare said that PAO’s forensic consultant Dr Erwin Erfe was …more

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India: Measles-Rubella Vaccine Scare, Students Leave Hostel In Odisha

Posted on 4 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

 As many as 38 students of Namanagada Primary School in Guma block of Gajapati district left their hostel out of fear even before the Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccine was administered on them. According to reports, the anxious parents of the 38 students …more

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Fake facts and alternative truths in medical research

Posted on 4 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

Background: Fake news and alternative facts have become commonplace in these so-called “post-factual times.” What about medical research – are scientific facts fake as well? Many recent disclosures have fueled the claim that scientific facts are suspect and that science …more

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Brazil: Yellow fever – a major threat to public health

Posted on 4 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

The world’s largest fractional-dose vaccination campaign for yellow fever started on Jan 25 in Brazil, with the support of WHO. The campaign attempts to avoid the urban transmission cycle, not seen in the country since 1942. 33 people have died …more

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Infectious Disease Risk and Vaccination in Northern Syria after 5 Years of Civil War: The MSF Experience

Posted on 4 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

de Lima Pereira A, Southgate R, Ahmed H, O’Connor P, Cramond V, Lenglet A. Infectious Disease Risk and Vaccination in Northern Syria after 5 Years of Civil War: The MSF Experience. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2018 

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Australia: Vaccine scepticism ‘more common among conspiracy theory believers’

Posted on 3 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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UK: Anti-vaccine site spreads Facebook hoax claiming flu shots ‘caused this year’s deadly outbreak’

Posted on 2 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

A dangerous hoax story claiming that the flu vaccine actually caused this year’s deadly outbreak of flu is proving highly popular on Facebook. Spreading this sort of falsehood could kill, by persuading elderly people (who might die from the flu) …more

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Philippines: Kids’ vaccination rate down to 60% after Dengvaxia scare – DOH

Posted on 2 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) is alarmed as more and more parents are refusing to avail of the government’s various vaccination programs following the Dengvaxia mess. Health Undersecretary Enrique Domingo said on Friday, February 2, that only …more

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Nigeria: Nigerian vaccination campaigns may be threatened by new round of rumours

Posted on 1 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

When a rumour surfaced in 2003 that Nigeria’s polio vaccine was possibly being contaminated with anti-fertility agents a boycott of the vaccine ensued and the country’s polio immunisation campaign was dealt a heavy blow. The boycott lasted for nearly 15 months – from …more

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Philippines: ‘Panic’ over Dengvaxia harms other vital vaccination programs, health experts say

Posted on 31 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 58 doctors and scientists, among them two former chiefs of the Department of Health (DOH), are dismayed that “unsubstantiated” claims over the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine is discouraging parents from availing of other government immunization …more

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USA: ‘Fox And Friends’ Host Goes Anti-Vaxxer Amid Deadly Flu Epidemic

Posted on 30 Jan, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade is spreading misinformation about vaccines as this year’s particularly deadly flu epidemic spreads across the United States. Dr. Marc Siegel, a practicing internist and Fox News contributor, joined Monday’s show to explain why this flu season is …more

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Indonesia: Deadly outbreak of measles affects Papuans

Posted on 30 Jan, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The deadly epidemic of measles and malnutrition threaten Papua. 800 children became ill and a hundred more died because of the contamination. The experts urged the authorities to take action to stem the spread of the epidemic in the Indonesian province and only made public in …more

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USA: Modern medicine infected by the virus of mistrust

Posted on 29 Jan, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

A rising tide of suspicion amplified by social networks has eroded public trust in modern medicine, leaving scientists and health officials scrambling for ways to shore up its credibility, experts say. Especially in rich nations, faith has waned in vaccines …more

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Italy: Nearly 5000 measles cases in 2017, Nine out of 10 unvaccinated

Posted on 28 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

During the last five years, Italian health officials reported slightly more than 10,000 measles cases (10,065) and 2017 accounted for about half of this total. Image/sferrario1968 According to the Ministero della Salute (computer translated), there were 4,991 cases of measles from …more

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Ukraine: parents overcome jab fears amid deadly measles outbreak

Posted on 28 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Kiev – Schools have shuttered and some clinics exhausted their vaccine stocks as a deadly measles outbreak hits Ukraine, where anti-vaccine sentiment and interrupted supplies have led to a resurgence of the virus. Parents, including those who for years refused …more

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Canada: Anti-vaccine movement spreading to pet owners

Posted on 28 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Measuring vaccine acceptance among Canadian parents: A survey of the Canadian Immunization Research Network

Posted on 28 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

Parental decision making about childhood vaccinations is complex and multidimensional. There is a perception that the number of parents having concerns regarding childhood vaccinations has been increasing in Canada. The aim of this study was to explore vaccine hesitancy among …more

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The influence of political ideology and trust on willingness to vaccinate

Posted on 28 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

In light of the increasing refusal of some parents to vaccinate children, public health strategies have focused on increasing knowledge and awareness based on a “knowledge-deficit” approach. However, decisions about vaccination are based on more than mere knowledge of risks, …more

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France: How the hive mind is killing the herd immunity that keeps us all safe

Posted on 27 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

27 JANUARY 2018 – 08:20 AGENCY STAFF  Paris — A rising tide of suspicion amplified by social networks has eroded public trust in modern medicine, leaving scientists and health officials scrambling for ways to shore up its credibility, experts say. …more

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Indonesia: Measles outbreak kills hundreds of kids

Posted on 27 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

: Some 800 children have been sickened by a measles-and-malnutrition outbreak in Indonesia’s remote Papua province, officials said on Thursday, with as many as 100 other people, mostly toddlers, feared to have been killed. The latest figures mark an escalation …more

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USA: Measles? Bring it on, says ‘vaccine choice’ movement

Posted on 27 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

Joe Accurso, a 47-year-old chiropractor, refused to vaccinate his daughter against polio, measles or whooping cough because he believes that getting sick wouldn’t be dangerous and might even be good for her. I am actually disappointed that she doesn’t have …more

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Italy: 4,991 measles cases amid politicized debate

Posted on 27 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

 Italy’s health ministry says 4,991 cases of measles were reported last year, a nearly six-fold increase over 2016 that has been blamed in part on a highly politicized debate over vaccines. Italy’s measles epidemic, which killed four people last year, …more

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Ukraine: Ukraine parents overcome jab fears amid deadly measles outbreak

Posted on 26 Jan, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Schools have shuttered and some clinics exhausted their vaccine stocks as a deadly measles outbreak hits Ukraine, where anti-vaccine sentiment and interrupted supplies have led to a resurgence of the virus. Parents, including those who for years refused vaccinations for …more

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Nigeria: Vaccination campaigns may be threatened by new round of rumours

Posted on 26 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

When a rumour surfaced in 2003 that Nigeria’s polio vaccine was possibly being contaminated with anti-fertility agents a boycott of the vaccine ensued and the country’s polio immunisation campaign was dealt a heavy blow. The boycott lasted for nearly 15 months – from …more

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USA: ‘We’ve never diagnosed autism in a dog’ – US vets warn as pet ‘anti-vaxxer’ movement grows

Posted on 24 Jan, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

American veterinarians are reporting a rise in pet owners refusing to vaccinate their animals, in the latest turn in the spread of the “anti-vax” movement. Vets in hipster areas of New York are among those to have reported a significant …more

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Public Health United Podcast

Posted on 23 Jan, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Video

Drs. Heidi Larson and Pauline Paterson of the Vaccine Confidence Project join episode 50 of the Public Health United podcast with Nina Martin, November 2017.

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Cyprus: Health officials urge vaccinations to avoid potential measles outbreak

Posted on 23 Jan, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

State health officials on Tuesday urged parents to make sure their children were vaccinated against measles, after two children were recently diagnosed with the disease. According to the head of the health ministry’s infectious disease monitoring unit and acting director …more

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USA: Two-thirds of pregnant women aren’t getting the flu vaccine

Posted on 22 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Rates of flu are skyrocketing in the U.S., with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking high rates especially in the South, Midwest, Southwest, and West. Lost in the flurry of news stories is the startling and alarming report from the CDC in …more

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Pakistan: Pakistan is close to eradicating polio. A double slaying shows the grim challenges still in the way.

Posted on 22 Jan, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The long struggle to eliminate polio from Pakistan has faced many obstacles — public ignorance about the disease, myths about a Western plot to sterilize Muslims, claims about fake vaccination drives being used to cover up spying. Add to that …more

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Philippines: Dengvaxia scare hits Davao

Posted on 22 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

The health scare brought by the scandal over Dengvaxia, an antidengue vaccine, appears to have rubbed off on residents here during the implementation of a city government-sponsored measles vaccination program. A woman, who asked that she not be identified for …more

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Ukraine: ‘Tragic’ Measles Outbreak Kills Eight

Posted on 21 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Ukraine’s top health official says eight people have died of complications from measles amid a recent outbreak in the country, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked last in terms of measles-vaccination coverage in Europe. Acting Health Minister Ulyana …more

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India: Orders sought for Punjab govt to control influenza

Posted on 21 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

LAHORE –  A constitutional petition has been filed with the Lahore High Court, seeking orders for the Punjab government to declare a health emergency in the province to control the spread of influenza and take action against the health authorities, which failed to take …more

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USA: The 1918 flu, 100 years later

Posted on 21 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

C ombating a disease of unknown cause is a daunting task. One hundred years ago, a pandemic of poorly understood etiology and transmissibility spread worldwide, causing an estimated 50 million deaths. Initially attributed to Haemophilus influenzae, it was not until …more

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Switzerland: Inoculate against a global vaccine crisis

Posted on 21 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

On Feb. 27, 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) named a dozen bacteria as major global health threats, underscoring the surge in antibiotic resistance and paucity of vaccines that, combined, now render incurable the infections caused by those germs. There …more

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Canada: Can Social Media Help Us Spot Vaccine Scares and Predict Outbreaks?

Posted on 20 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

n 2015, a high-profile outbreak of measles at Disneyland shocked parents into a fundamental change in perspective on vaccinations. In the years prior, the perceived need for the MMR vaccine had dropped, and with it, the percent of kids who were protected …more

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USA: Kids’ Vaccinations Are On The Rise, But So Are Parent Refusals

Posted on 19 Jan, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

An increasing number of children with commercial health insurance are getting their recommended vaccines while a small but growing number of parents are also refusing vaccinations for their kids , a new report from some of the nation’s largest health insurers shows. Childhood …more

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Pakistan: Mother and daughter killed giving polio vaccinations

Posted on 19 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Gunmen in Pakistan have shot dead a mother and daughter who were administering polio vaccinations in the south-western city of Quetta. Sakina Bibi, 38, and her daughter, Rizwana, 16, had been giving drops to children when two gunmen on a …more

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Pakistan: Militants kill mother-daughter polio workers in Pakistan

Posted on 18 Jan, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Unidentified gunmen on Thursday shot dead a mother and her daughter who were part of a polio vaccination team in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan province. The gunmen opened fire on the polio team in the Shalkot area, killing …more

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USA: After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles

Posted on 17 Jan, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

In December 2014 something unusual happened at Disneyland. People came to visit Mickey Mouse, and some of them left with measles. At least 159 people contracted the disease during an outbreak lasting several months. This is more than the typical …more

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UK: Measles epidemic warning – Deadly infection strikes more than 100 people across five regions as experts urge parents to vaccinate children

Posted on 16 Jan, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

A measles outbreak has spread to five regions in England, infecting 122 confirmed cases. West Yorkshire has the most sufferers with 34 people being struck down with the life-threatening infection, followed by 32 in the West Midlands, 29 in Liverpool …more

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Indonesia: Indonesia’s anti-vax movement not helping deal with diphtheria outbreak

Posted on 15 Jan, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Efforts by the Indonesian government to stop a deadly diphtheria outbreak in the capital Jakarta are being slowed by some hardline Muslum clerics who insist immunisations are forbidden by Islam.

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India: Introduce cervical cancer vaccine says WHO after Government decides to shelve it

Posted on 14 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Ireland: HSE says people claiming to be nurses are warning against HPV vaccine on social media

Posted on 13 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

THE HSE HAS advised parents to ensure they base decisions about vaccines for their children on sound scientific and medical advice as it has been made aware of anti-vaccine social media posts purporting to be from health professionals. In minutes …more

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Australia: 54 NSW Children Died Of Diseases For Which There Is A Vaccine

Posted on 11 Jan, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Fifty-four children are likely to have died in the decade researched from diseases for which a vaccine is available, and half of these deaths were directly preventable with a vaccination, new research published today in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child …more

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USA: The anti-vaccine movement shows why Facebook is broken

Posted on 11 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Mark Zuckerberg is stepping into the new year with an apology tour. The Facebook chief executive spent a good portion of 2017 warding off lawmakers and investigators trying to figure out how much of a role his company played in …more

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UK: Fake news and distrust of science could lead to global epidemics

Posted on 9 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Vaccines are one of the most important scientific inventions of all time, preventing millions of cases of disease every year and helping to consign once-deadly outbreaks to history. Yet these vital public-health tools are under threat from growing public mistrust …more

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USA: Facts aren’t everything – understanding parents’ moral reasons for avoiding vaccination

Posted on 9 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Last year, so few people contracted measles in England and Wales that the disease was declared technically “eliminated”. The national MMR (measles mumps rubella) vaccination programme is to thank. But set against this welcome news were some imperfect stats: in England …more

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Pakistan: Influenza death toll rises to 17 in Multan

Posted on 8 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) — The death toll of seasonal influenza cases in Pakistan‘s eastern city of Multan has risen to 17 on Monday, with the death of another female patient who tested positive of influenza virus, an official said. Doctor …more

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UK: Could all NHS staff be forced to have the flu jab? Britain’s top doctor calls for ‘serious debate’

Posted on 8 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

The country’s top doctor has called for a ‘serious debate’ over whether NHS staff should be forced to have the flu jab. Sir Bruce Keogh, national medical director of NHS England, said thousands of healthcare workers were unwittingly putting patients and their …more

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India: No vaccination, no ration – UP health dept officials

Posted on 7 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Summary: “I have just instructed the health department to make all people aware about the vaccination programme. Now, health department is taking help of district supply office to put pressure on those people who are creating hurdle in the success of …more

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The global effect of maternal education on complete childhood vaccination: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Posted on 7 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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UK: Doctors and nurses urged to get flu jab amid warnings that a French epidemic could spread to Britain

Posted on 7 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

NHS trusts are failing to get medical workers to have flu jabs amid warnings that a French epidemic could spread to Britain, a Sunday Telegraph analysis has found. Health officials are pleading with NHS staff to have the jab as …more

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Australia: No Jab No Play – New vaccination laws reject doctor’s note

Posted on 7 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

PARENTS will be prevented from “doctor shopping” for exemptions to vaccine shots for their kindy-aged children under new No Jab No Play laws set to be introduced in WA. Letters from doctors excusing children from immunisation will be rejected under …more

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Rubella vaccination in India: identifying broad consequences of vaccine introduction and key knowledge gaps

Posted on 7 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

Get access January 2018 , pp. 65-77 Rubella vaccination in India: identifying broad consequences of vaccine introduction and key knowledge gaps A. K. WINTER (a1), S. PRAMANIK (a2), J. LESSLER (a3), M. FERRARI (a4) … 

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USA: There is a Whole Cottage Industry of Doctors Helping Parents Skip Their Kids’ Vaccines

Posted on 6 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

In December 2014, an 11-year-old visited a Disney theme park in California and afterward got a rash. It was measles, and over the next several weeks the disease spread to at least 136 Californians, as well as people in seven other states …more

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Sweden: University Hospital staff member is 12th measles case

Posted on 6 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

In a follow-up on the “limited measles outbreak” at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, officials reported today on the 12th measles case in a hospital staff member, according to a hospital news release (computer translated). This was a patient who presented with Koplik’s spots …more

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Bangladesh: Diphtheria’s Resurgence Is a Lesson in Public Health Failure

Posted on 5 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Diphtheria’s Resurgence Is a Lesson in Public Health Failure 03 January 2018   Dr Michael Edelstein   Consultant Research Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security   Dr Gayatri AmirthalingamConsultant Epidemiologist, Public Health England With stronger, more resilient healthcare systems accessible …more

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Madagascar:Plague death toll rises to 195

Posted on 5 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

  January 4, 2018 Madagascar plague death toll rises to 195 and cases have jumped nearly 3% in just three days as ‘worst outbreak in 50 years‘ of the medieval disease hits ‘crisis‘ point The Madagascar plague death toll has …more

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France: How countries around the world try to encourage vaccination

Posted on 3 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

  Story highlights World vaccination rates are healthy overall, according to the WHO There was a 79% worldwide decrease in measles deaths between 2000 and 2015 Australia’s “no jab, no pay” policy has spurred more than 200,000 families to action …more

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France: Eleven Child Vaccines Compulsory – No Vaccines, No School

Posted on 2 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Children born in France as from Monday will now receive 11 compulsory vaccines, up from three prior compulsory shots, or risk being barred from French nurseries or schools; the French government’s announcement seeks to stamp-out growing nationwide skepticism towards vaccines …more

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Pakistan: Sindh’s war against polio is far from over

Posted on 2 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

  After celebrating a year and a half without a single case of the crippling poliovirus being reported in the metropolis, all the stakeholders who consolidated their efforts to wipe out the virus from Pakistan were dismayed to learn of …more

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Greece: Faces Measles Epidemic, Cases Triple in Two Months

Posted on 1 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Greece is facing a measles epidemic this year with the number of reported cases tripling within two months, according to the National Centre for the Control and Prevention of Diseases (Keelpno). In late October, the first casualty of the disease outbreak was a vaccinated …more

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Let Freedom Ring

Posted on 1 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Blog

If there has been a theme over the past year, when it comes to public trust in vaccines, it has been the tension between individual freedoms and social cooperation, between choice and voice as an individual, or choice and voice …more

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Indonesia: 94% percent of babies in Bogor haven’t received basic immunizations, largely due to haram vaccine fears

Posted on 1 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Indonesia is currently experiencing what doctors have called an “extraordinary” outbreak of diphtheria that has already killed dozens of people this year, mostly young children. The government is currently undertaking a massive immunization program aimed at giving millions of children the diphtheria vaccine. …more

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USA: Fear Of Needles May Chip Away At Vaccination Rates

Posted on 1 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

The reasons people may skip vaccines such as the flu shot are many. They can include apathy or being too busy. They can include people believing that they won’t get sick or fearing vaccines. But recent research suggests another reason …more

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Australia: Women More Active In Online Anti-Vaxxers’ Groups

Posted on 1 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Think women are all for vaccination? Well, a new research on Facebook chats on anti-vaccination gives a different picture. A study by two Australian researchers showed that a majority of participants of anti-vaccination discourses on Facebook were women. The team …more

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USA:Flu deaths up in California amid concern over vaccine

Posted on 31 Dec, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Kenya: Concern as baby immunisation coverage stalls

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

Immunisation coverage in Africa has stagnated at 74 per cent in recent years despite the continent making significant gains towards increasing access in the last few decades, a principal advisory group to the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Immunisation …more

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Study Shows What’s Really Going on in Online Anti-Vax Groups

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

Social media chat on anti-vaccination Facebook pages is led by a tone of moral outrage, plus a strong belief in the oppressive nature of governments and the media. What’s more, the vast majority of participants are women.   That’s according …more

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Mapping the anti-vaccination movement on Facebook

Posted on 30 Dec, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Pakistan: Another year fails to make Balochistan polio free

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

the province. Photo: Dunya News (Dunya News) – The dream of eradicating polio from Balochistan remained unfulfilled in the year 2017 as well. Despite Balochistan having run 13 polio eradication drives during the year 2017, three cases of polio were …more

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Yemen: In world’s worst cholera outbreak, vaccine talks hang in the balance

Posted on 29 Dec, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Indonesia: About 94% percent of babies in Bogor haven’t received basic immunizations, largely due to haram vaccine fears

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

Indonesia is currently experiencing what doctors have called an “extraordinary” outbreak of diphtheria that has already killed dozens of people this year, mostly young children. The government is currently undertaking a massive immunization program aimed at giving millions of children the diphtheria vaccine. …more

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Turkey: Anti-vaccine parents increase due to health risk claims

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

ANKARA, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) — There is an increasing trend in Turkish society for rejecting vaccine for their children due to claims over their risks, according to findings of local health professionals. Although the Turkish health authorities and most of …more

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Pakistan: Immunisation refusals major challenge to government efforts

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

Even though the government claims to have successfully contained the transmission of the polio virus, with cases this year not even breaking into double figures, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has failed to adequately address one of the biggest challenges in the fight: refusing …more

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India:Swine flu claimed 253 lives in Rajasthan in 2017, nearly 3.5 thousand affected across state

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

The highly-contagious swine flu virus has hit Rajasthan hard, and 253 deaths have been reported since the start of 2017 in the state, an official said on Tuesday. Representational image. Reuters “From the start of this year till 26 December, …more

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Chad: Militants in Lake Chad Region Block Polio Program

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

  Scientists warn a campaign to eradicate polio in central Africa is falling short because of upheaval in the Lake Chad Basin area, where the Boko Haram militant group remains active. On the positive side, on country – Gabon – …more

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Switzerland: WHO says use of sole dengue vaccine should be curtailed

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

T he World Health Organization says use of the world’s only licensed dengue vaccine should be restricted because of concerns it increases the risk of severe disease in people who have never previously had dengue. In a new interim recommendation …more

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Philippines: Janette Garin welcomes WHO findings on Dengvaxia vaccine

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

MANILA, Philippines — Facing criminal charges over the Dengvaxia controversy, former health chief Janette Garin said she is “glad” the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a clarification attesting to the “true benefit of the dengue vaccine.” In a statement, …more

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Syria: Race To Eradicate Guinea Worm And Polio Experienced Roadblocks In 2017

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

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: There’s a race on. The way to win is to eradicate a human disease. That’s only been done once before – smallpox. This year, two diseases got tantalizingly close, but unexpected roadblocks have popped up. NPR’s Michaeleen …more

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Health professional feedback on HPV vaccination roll-out in a developing country

Posted on 25 Dec, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

Highlights • HPV vaccination rollout in Zambia is hampered by suspicions about infertility. • Males need to be included in the programme to encourage female participation. • Educational efforts should target rural communities to improve HPV awareness.

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Knowledge of and Attitudes to Influenza Vaccination among Community Pharmacists in Catalonia (Spain). 2013–2014 Season: A Cross Sectional Study

Posted on 25 Dec, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Bangladesh: Emergence of diphtheria worsens situation of Rohingya refugees

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

Further disease outbreaks are likely if the refugees’ living conditions don’t improve. Diphtheria, a disease long forgotten in most parts of the world thanks to increasing rates of vaccination, is re-emerging in Bangladesh, where more than 655,000 Rohingya have sought …more

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India: The lowdown on diphtheria and its resurgence

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

What is it? Diphtheria is a highly infectious disease, which usually shows up as a sore throat and difficulty in breathing. It spreads through contact or cough and sneeze droplets, and is caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae. In severe …more

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A tale of two countries:
The dengue vaccine saga

Posted on 23 Dec, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Blog

Heidi Larson, with Will Schulz and Clarissa Simas Dengvaxia, the first promising vaccine to protect against dengue fever, was a step forward in fighting a disease that afflicts millions of people.  But it faced a step backwards following the November …more

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Uganda stagnates on immunisation coverage

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

The health ministry has admitted that there has been stagnation in the national vaccine coverage rate which has been ranked to be low by the WHO.  Uganda’s national immunisation coverage rate – measured by percentage of children receiving the third dose …more

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India: 12% parents too busy for vaccination

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

Often vaccination of children in Kochi is delayed not just because of the fear of adverse side effects but because ‘parents are busy’. An assessment of vaccine coverage and associated factors among children in Ernakulam district shows that while 21% cited illness of the …more

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Ukraine: Parents wary of vaccinations despite growing measles

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

The problem is not a lack of vaccine, as Kyiv’s chief immunologist explains, but a fear among parents that it’s worse than the disease, according to RFE/RL.T… “There is a lot of data that children who were vaccinated actually contracted …more

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Nigeria: Imo State Records 68% Drop In Immunisation Rate – WHO

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

Immunisation rate in Imo State has dropped by 68 percent, a report by the World Health Organisation has indicated. Dr Stella Ukaegbu, the Coordinator, Primary Health Care Facilities, Imo State Ministry of Health, disclosed this at a sensitisation and awareness …more

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USA: How CDC word ban could ’cause many more people to get sick and die’

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

Do you want your medical treatment to be based on science? The Trump administration disagrees. It banned the top U.S. public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from using seven words, including “evidence-based” and “science-based” in preparing official …more

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Pakistan: Communication is key to quashing suspicion around vaccination drives

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

Cynthia Gorney wrote in National Geographic in November about the phenomenon of “vaccine hesitancy”. She cites the example of Pakistan, where polio vaccinators were turned away or attacked on the basis of rumours that were, on the one hand, false …more

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Ireland: Health chiefs hail jump in number of secondary school girls receiving HPV cervical cancer injection

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

A JUMP in the number of girls receiving the cervical cancer jab has been welcomed as a “life-saving” turnaround. Uptake of the vaccine rose from 50 to 61 per cent this year following a huge information campaign assuring its safety. …more

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China: Boom in HPV vaccinations shows Chinese women’s growing health consciousness

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

Fan Lei, 32, cannot wait to get her first human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, after a fretful three-month wait.  “I asked for leave immediately after the call from the community health service center,” she said.  The HPV vaccine Fan received …more

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India: MR vaccination rate in Malappuram nearly 75 percent despite repeated protests

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

Despite anti-vaccination campaigners continuing to cause hindrances to Measles-Rubella vaccination drive in Malappuram, district health officials in on Saturday said that the district marked a vaccination rate of 74.33% among children.  The officials had kept the target population in the district at …more

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USA: CDC gets list of forbidden words – Fetus, transgender, diversity

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

By Lena H. Sun and Juliet Eilperin December 15 at 6:53 PM  The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in official documents being …more

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Self-reported influenza vaccination rates and attitudes towards vaccination among health care workers: results of a survey in a German university hospital.

Posted on 17 Dec, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Critical dynamics in population vaccinating behavior

Posted on 17 Dec, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/12/05/1704093114.abstract

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Spatial clustering of measles vaccination coverage among children in sub-Saharan Africa

Posted on 17 Dec, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

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USA: Anti-vaxxers threaten everyone

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

Vaccine skepticism, not the vaccines themselves, is the real threat to public health. A new report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services shows a slight increase in vaccine waiver rates for school-age children. A 0.1 percent decrease …more

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India: Minister will review ‘controversial’ (HPV) vaccine decision

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

Taking cognisance of The Tribune report about the launch of cervical cancer vaccine in the state on the basis an “erroneous” study, the government to announced to review the decision. In a statement today, Health Minister Brahm Mohindra said in …more

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Polio virus discovered at Melbourne sewerage plant

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

  On Friday, Victoria’s acting chief health officer Dr Brett Sutton announced polio had been detected in tiny concentrations as part of routine testing of pre-treated sewerage at the Western Treatment Plant in Melbourne.   Dr Sutton said it was more …more

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St. Vincent & Grenadines: Ministry of Health urges parents to protect girls through HPV vaccine

Posted on 16 Dec, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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UK: Concerns over low uptake of winter flu jab in England

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

Fewer than half those eligible for a free winter flu jab have had one, despite high-profile warnings that this winter could bring the biggest flu outbreak in years, NHS figures reveal. The low uptake, which will alarm NHS bosses, come …more

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Bangladesh: 804 suspected diphtheria cases, 15 deaths reported among Rohingya population

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

Diphtheria – Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh Disease outbreak news  13 December 2017 From 3 November 2017 through 12 December 2017, a total of 804 suspected diphtheria cases including 15 deaths were reported among the displaced Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar …more

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Philippines: Did Sanofi, WHO ignore warning signals on dengue vaccine?

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

When French drugmaker Sanofi published the results of clinical trials of children given its dengue vaccine two years ago, the overall findings were that it protected against the world’s biggest and fastest growing mosquito-borne disease. But the trial also showed …more

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France: Anti-vax views must not derail France’s compulsory vaccine law

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

A new law takes force in France on 1 January to up the number of mandatory childhood vaccines to 11 from three. It has provoked a polemic, but the law is sound. If there is a problem here, it is …more

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Canada: Social media trends can predict tipping points in vaccine scares

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

In the study, researchers examined Google searches and geocoded tweets with the help of artificial intelligence and a mathematical model. The resulting data enabled them to analyze public perceptions on the value of getting vaccinated and determine when a population …more

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USA: SXSW Festival Slammed For Including HIV/AIDS Denialist In 2018 Wellness Expo

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

The South by Southwest conference, better known as SXSW, announced its 2018 Wellness Expo Advisory Board last week. One member of the board, Kelly Brogan, M.D., quickly drew ire online, with responses across social media pointing out that the self-styled “holistic psychiatrist” …more

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India: 16,327 kids in Mumbai yet to be vaccinated, finds civic body survey

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

After an extensive door-to-door survey since September, the civic body has identified 16,327 children under the age of 2, who have either not received immunisation or were partially immunised for diseases, under the government’s Mission Indradhanush scheme. The scheme was …more

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Indonesia: Diphtheria deaths in Indonesia spark immunization campaign

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

Indonesia is immunizing millions of children and teenagers against diphtheria after the disease killed 38 people, mostly children, since January. Children in school uniforms and toddlers clinging to their parents received shots at a high school in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, …more

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USA: Pandemic Preparedness-Lessons Learned 100 Years After the Spanish Flu Outbreak

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

Panelists discuss the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic as we near its centennial and how this historic outbreak informs our responses to global health emergencies today. FINK: Hello, everybody. I’d like to welcome you to today’s Council on Foreign Relations Malcolm …more

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Greece: Measles outbreak, the south hardest hit

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

Greece reports measles outbreak, the south hardest hit by ROBERT HERRIMAN December 9, 2017     While Europe has been seeing a measles outbreak during the past two years or so, affecting thousands, Greece has been largely unaffected until recent months. Since …more

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Nigeria: Africa needs “lots of work” to sustain vaccine use

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

Health Africa needs “lots of work” to sustain vaccine use Immunisation experts have warned African countries need to invest in improving immunisation coverage to sustain gains made against vaccine-preventable diseases on the continent. It came as the Regional Immunization Technical …more

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India: Govt no for parents’ no to JE vaccination

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

 All schools, including private institutions in 13 districts of the State have been directed to bring to the notice of State Government if any parent has an objection to the vaccination of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) on any valid ground.Secretary of …more

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Brazil: Anvisa recommends if you never had dengue, don’t take Dengvaxia

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

Brazil: Anvisa recommends if you never had dengue, don’t take Dengvaxia by NEWS DESK December 9, 2017 Headlines, Latin America and the Caribbean, Vaccines 2 Comments 1241 views   Following the release of new information about Dengvaxia® by Sanofi Pasteur about an increased risk of …more

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USA: The moral differences between pro- and anti-vaccine parents

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

When it comes to persuading parents in the United States who are hesitant about vaccinating their children, the public health messages often rely on facts and science to explain how immunization not only protects those children but also shields other vulnerable people …more

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Polio, terror and the immunological worldview

Posted on 10 Dec, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

This paper adopts a socio-historical perspective to explore when, how and why the eradication of poliomyelitis has become politicised to the extent that health workers and security personnel are targeted in drive-by shootings. Discussions of the polio crisis in Afghanistan …more

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Intention to vaccinate universally against varicella, rotavirus gastroenteritis, meningococcal B disease and seasonal influenza among parents in the Netherlands

Posted on 10 Dec, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Bangladesh: Diphtheria is spreading fast in Cox’s Bazaar

Posted on 10 Dec, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

 DECEMBER 2017 | GENEVA – Diphtheria is rapidly spreading among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, WHO warned today. More than 110 suspected cases, including 6 deaths, have been clinically diagnosed by health partners, including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the …more

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Madagascar: From Ebola to Plague and Beyond -How Can Anthropologists Best Engage Past Experience to Prepare for New Epidemics

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

In August 2017, a man who had recently traveled by shared taxi from the central highlands of Madagascar to Tamatave (via Antananarivo) died after a brief illness. Soon after his death, an additional thirty-one people who had come into direct or …more

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USA: Flu season soars in the United States, especially in the South

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

After a slow start in October, flu season in the United States is gaining speed, particularly in the South. Flu activity, which has been increasing since the start of November, is now higher than usual for this time of year, …more

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Philippines: Philippines wants money back from Sanofi for dengue vaccine

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

The Philippine government will demand a refund of 3.5 billion pesos ($69.5 million) from vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur and look at possible legal action after a study showed the vaccine used in a dengue immunization program could expose some people …more

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UK: Echo chambers are dangerous – we must try to break free of our online bubbles

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

It has been little over a year since Donald Trump stunned the world by becoming US president. His election marked a severe upset to conventional wisdom, with his startling use of social media drawing particular attention. A new nadir came …more

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Italy: Il ministero della Salute ha denunciato il Codacons per procurato allarme sui vaccini

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

Il ministero della Salute ha denunciato, tramite il Comando generale dei Carabinieri del Nas, il Codacons per procurato allarme presso la Procura di Roma, dopo che l’associazione per i consumatori aveva presentato un esposto sulla presunta pericolosità dei vaccini. Il …more

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Philippines: Dengue vaccine not deadly – Sanofi, Philippines

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

A world-first dengue vaccination programme in the Philippines that was suspended over safety concerns will not cause anyone who was immunised to die, drug manufacturer Sanofi and local authorities said on Monday. The Philippines on Friday suspended the programme, after …more

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Attitudes about vaccines to prevent Ebola virus disease in Guinea at the end of a large Ebola epidemic: Results of a national household survey

Posted on 4 Dec, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature

Introduction In 2014–2016, an Ebola epidemic devastated Guinea; more than 3800 cases and 2500 deaths were reported to the World Health Organization. In August 2015, as the epidemic waned and clinical trials of an experimental, Ebola vaccine continued in Guinea …more

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Australia: Flu epidemic claims the lives of more than 200 Victorians this year

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

More than 200 people are expected to have died from Influenza in Victoria At least 40,000 cases have been confirmed in the state, which is up 80 per cent  Among those who died during this season was eight-year-old Rosie Andersen …more

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Japan: Doctor wins 2017 John Maddox prize for countering HPV vaccine misinformation

Posted on 3 Dec, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

A Japanese doctor who has stood up to a campaign of misinformation around a common anti-cancer vaccine has won a prestigious prize for championing evidence in the face of hostility and personal threats. Riko Muranaka at Kyoto University was awarded …more

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A behavioral economics approach to the failed HPV vaccination program in Japan

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

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The importance of thinking beyond the watersupply in cholera epidemics: A historical urban case-study

Posted on 3 Dec, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Web-based Social Media Intervention to Increase Vaccine Acceptance: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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

     

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Human papilloma virus vaccine for low and middle income countries: A step too soon?

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

Har Ashish Jindal, Amanjot Kaur & Sathiabalan Murugan (2017) Human papilloma virus vaccine for low and middle income countries: A step too soon?, Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 13:11, 2723-2725, DOI: 10.1080/21645515.2017.1358837 To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/21645515.2017.1358837

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USA: Anti-vaccination messages startle shoppers at kids’ store

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

WASHINGTON – Some shoppers were surprised to find anti-vaccination messages hidden in items they bought at Babies “R” Us in Lynnwood recently.  The store says it’s trying to find out who is putting the notes into product boxes during the …more

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Yemen: Diphtheria cases soar amid dire vaccine shortage

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

wenty-two people have died of suspected diphtheria in conflict-ravaged Yemen, the World Health Organization said Friday, warning that a port and airport blockade had created a dire shortage of vaccines. The WHO said it had so far registered 197 suspected …more

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Philippines: Philippines puts dengue vaccination programme on hold amid infection fears

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

Health chiefs in the Philippines have suspended the country’s dengue immunisation programme after new findings by the vaccine’s manufacturer that severe cases of the disease can occur in the longer term among those vaccinated without prior infection. Health Secretary Francisco …more

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USA: Flat Earth Movement – Controversial Conspiracy Theory is Booming in the US

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

The U.S. flat-Earth movement is booming, according to new data that shows more Americans scoured the internet for flat-Earth theories in the last 12 months than ever before. The Economist tracked how often Americans searched for the words “flat Earth” through …more

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France: Les 11 vaccins obligatoires agitent encore l’Assemblée

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

Paris (AFP) – L’extension de trois à onze du nombre de vaccins obligatoires pour les enfants qui naîtront à partir du 1er janvier 2018, défendue par la grande majorité des groupes, a encore agité mercredi soir l’Assemblée, où les Insoumis …more

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Nigeria: Tackling Measles in Nigeria

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

Good things don’t come cheap and victory isn’t freely given but demanded for. This seems to be the case in federal government’s quest to end measles in Nigeria. Kuni Tyessi writes “Some of their husbands travelled and immediately they heard …more

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A multimodal critical discourse analysis of anti-vaccination information on Facebook

Posted on 30 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

In light of recent outbreaks of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases, childhood vaccination has been the subject of significant attention and controversy. Much information seeking and debates about vaccines take place on social media, yet the effects of information context-specific …more

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USA: Texas falling behind in HPV vaccinations

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

Texans are falling behind the rest of the country in getting vaccinated against the most common sexually transmitted infection — making them more vulnerable to several types of cancer, a new study says. Human papillomavirus is preventable through a routine …more

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New Zealand: New benefits discovered for HPV vaccine

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

New research suggests the HPV vaccine may help prevent pre-term births. The vaccine for the human papillomavirus was introduced in 2008 for young women between 12 and 26 years, and was later broadened to include young men as well. The …more

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USA: Just the facts

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

Laura Helmuth, PhD, was finishing her doctoral degree in cognitive neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, when she took a summer job that uncovered her knack for journalistic writing. She went on to a graduate program in science writing, …more

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New Zealand: Science deniers lurking on NZ internet – environmental watchdog

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

The country’s top environmental watchdog has issued a warning of the danger of science denial in New Zealand. The Environmental Protection Authority in its 2016/17 annual report said scepticism about experts and opposition to bureaucracy are key pressures faced by environmental regulators. …more

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Nigeria: Monkey Pox Vaccination Rumour – UNICEF, NOA engage Abia communities on need for immunization, vaccination

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

THE National Orientation Agency, NOA, in collaboration with United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF, has begun town hall meetings aimed at reversing the anti-vaccination rumours which rocked the South-East geopolitical zone and other parts of the country recently. Addressing …more

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USA: What does it take to believe the world is flat

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

The Internet has helped a host of new conspiracy theories gain traction, but it’s also helped revive a much older one: the belief that the earth is flat. Boston Celtics player Kyrie Irving, for instance, has promoted that theory with …more

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UK: Health officials fear Russian cyber units are ‘spreading false information’ on flu and measles jabs

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

Experts are warning that Russian cyber units are spreading false information about flu and measles jabs in the UK. In an apparent attempt to erode trust in US and European governments, state-sponsored units are using social media to spread lies, …more

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Ireland: Alarm over whooping cough vaccine take-up

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

A consultant at Crumlin children’s hospital warned Simon Harris, the health minister, in May that low uptake of the whooping cough vaccine by pregnant women required “urgent attention”. This followed two infant deaths in a year. Documents released under freedom …more

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Efficacy and safety of pertussis vaccination for pregnant women – a systematic review of randomised controlled trials and observational studies

Posted on 26 Nov, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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India: Kerala’s Malappuram District Is Against Measles-Rubella Vaccine And Here’s Why It’s Dangerous

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

   BOBINS ABRAHAM  NOVEMBER 24, 2017 232 SHARES     In the past two days Kerala’s Malappuram district has reported two separate incidents of attack on medical staff administering Measles-Rubella vaccine to the children across the state as part of a government run …more

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Australia: Parents in court after refusing to immunise kids

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

A father fighting a court order that his three children be immunised has told a Victorian judge there is more chance of getting a dog bite than measles. The parents have gone to the Supreme Court to challenge a Children’s …more

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US: 50 Workers Fired For Refusing Flu Shot

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

A Minnesota-based health system has fired about 50 employees who refused to get a flu shot. Essentia Health announced last month that employees would be required to get vaccinated for influenza unless they received a religious or medical exemption. The …more

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India: Two days and 10 percent more to go; 90 percent administered MR vaccine in district

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

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With only two days left for the measles-rubella vaccine drive to come to an end in the state, the capital city is heading towards cent percent goal with 90 percent of the children already covered till Wednesday. Stating the …more

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USA: Peter Hotez vs. Measles and the Anti-Vaccination Movement

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

One afternoon in October 2016, Peter Hotez holed up in his office at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine, where he is the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine. Surrounded by obscure science volumes and honors bestowed by dignitaries …more

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Literature Literature archive

GM Bryden, M Browne, et al. 2018 Vaccine Vol36,(9): 1227-1234
MGrandahl , S C Paek, et al 2018  PLoS ONE 13(2): e0193054
Heidi J Larson. 2018. The Lancet 391(10120), p527–528. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30193-4

Videos Video archive

Key figures share their perspectives on a controversy that led to the suspension of Ebola vaccine clinical trials in Ghana.

Drs. Heidi Larson and Pauline Paterson of the Vaccine Confidence Project join episode 50 of the Public Health United podcast with Nina Martin, November 2017.

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

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