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France: WHO warns of measles outbreak across Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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Pakistan: Pakistan’s immunisation programmes at risk – WB

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

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

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

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

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

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UK: On the wrong side of history

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: Bill aiming to boost vaccination rates dies

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

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

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Madagascar: Refus de vaccination anti-poliomyélite

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

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

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

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

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

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Algérie: les parents boudent une campagne de vaccination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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India: Swine flu panic grips Rajasthan,

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

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

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Brazil fears breakout of yellow fever

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

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

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

Posted on 19 Mar, 2017 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

   

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

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

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

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Ireland: Mumps cases up 900% in six years

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

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

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Malawi: leads global cervical cancer mortality

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

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

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Italy: Measles cases triple in Italy as parents shun vaccine

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: Global Health in a Populist and Nationalist Age

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: Black Americans more likely to skip flu shot

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

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

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

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

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

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Australia: Australia considering childcare ban on unvaccinated children

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

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

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Romania: Measles outbreak in Romania has killed 17 children

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nigeria: Nasarawa herdsmen seek polio vaccines for their children

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

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

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

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

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

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Ethics, evidence and the anti-vaccination debate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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India: Impotence rumour stalls immunization in Mewat, Haryana

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

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

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Ireland: Anti-vaccine sentiment will not be easily eradicated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: Don’t believe everything you search on Google

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

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

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India: Nuh vaccination drive suspended

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

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

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Australia: Unvaccinated children being refused healthcare, Australian survey shows

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

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

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Croatia: Major party wants to abolish compulsory vaccinations

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

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

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

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Algeria: Une campagne de vaccination suscite la méfiance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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India: Low MR vaccine coverage in Tamil Nadu a worry

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

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

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New Zealand: Stealthy showing of anti-vaccination film

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Italy: “Non vaccinare i figli é come smettere di costruire scuole antisismiche”

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

Roberto Burioni, professore ordinario di microbiologia e virologia al San Raffaele di Milano, è autore del libro Il vaccino non è un’opinione. È attivo nel campo della divulgazione scientifica, in particolare sul tema dei vaccini, tramite la sua pagina Facebook. …more

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India: Chennai Corporation drive to allay Rubella vaccine fear among parents

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

CHENNAI: Greater Chennai Corporation launched a special drive on Wednesday to get the consent of parents to administer the measles-rubella vaccine to their children studying in corporation schools. This comes a day after health minister C Vijaya Bhaskarsaid the government …more

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France: Plus de la moitié des professionnels de santé non vaccinés contre la grippe

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

La question de la vaccination obligatoire des professionnels a été relancée en janvier par le ministère de la Santé pour freiner la propagation du virus. Moins de la moitié des professionnels de santé (46%) se sont fait vacciner contre la …more

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USA: Unvaccinated, Non-Exempt Rochester Students Face School Ban

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

Rochester Public Schools is prepared to remove up to 115 students from its schools Wednesday for failing to provide proof of vaccination or an exemption from the state law. Minnesota’s law states that no one over 2-months-old be allowed to …more

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Australia: Anti-vax seminar will go ahead – NSW govt

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

A three-day seminar hosted by a prominent anti-vaccination advocate in Sydney will go ahead despite calls for its cancellation. American speaker David Wolfe is set to host the controversial event at the International Convention Centre this weekend as part of …more

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India: Measles and Rubella vaccination scare – Bengaluru falls victim too

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

Bengaluru: It is not just Chamarajanagar district and Bhatkal, where parents of a particular community have refused to get their children vaccinated for Measles and Rubella over the last few days. But even in Bengaluru, many parents have refused to …more

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USA: Vaccination Bill ‘Watered Down’ In Oklahoma Senate Committee

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

A Senate committee Tuesday passed a watered-down version of acontroversial vaccination bill.   Sen. Ervin Yen, R-District 40, authored a bill that would restrict families from opting out of vaccinations for their children.   For the third year in a …more

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Switzerland: Measles outbreaks continue to plague Switzerland

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

Switzerland is on track to see the most cases of measles in years in 2017. Vaccinations are on the rise, but the government recently admitted its eradication strategy has failed.  In 1987, the Federal Health Office announced a vaccination strategy …more

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UK: Andrew Wakefield returns to UK for controversial documentary screening

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

Earlier this month, Andrew Wakefield, well known for his now discredited paper on the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and its association with autism and bowel disease, received an award and gave a Q&A session at the UK premiere …more

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USA: Why facts don’t change our minds

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

In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a random individual, the other …more

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India: Measles-Rubella vaccine shots plan in Tamil Nadu extended by 14 days

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

CHENNAI: With rumours in social media playing spoilsport, the  State health department has decided to  extend the Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination programme by 14  days till March 14. The drive was originally scheduled between February 6 and 28. Due to apprehensions …more

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New Zealand: Low immunisation rates due to false information, complacency, says nursing expert

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

False information and a lack of recent flu epidemics have made pregnant women complacent about immunisation, says a nursing expert. Massey University School of Nursing professor Dr Jenny Carryer said there had been persistent misinformation. “Parents have a false sense of security because …more

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USA: Some anti-vaccination attacks on Oklahoma lawmaker are beyond the pale

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

IN politics, there are two basic ways to debate. One method involves marshaling facts and logic to convince others to agree with you. The other involves character assassination. It appears some people opposed to childhood vaccinations have opted for the …more

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UK: Only half of pregnant women in Merseyside get free flu jab despite stillbirth risk

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

Half of pregnant women on Merseyside are missing out on free flu jabs that could help keep their babies safe, figures show. All pregnant women are entitled a free NHS vaccination, as they are more likely to suffer complications like …more

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India: Social media ‘myths’ disrupt fight against Measles Rubella vaccine

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

The same mix of fear and mistrust is back with the launch of Measles Rubella (MR) vaccine. Days after the government launched the MR vaccine, it is busy dispelling myths about the vaccine. The Muslim dominated districts — just as …more

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India: Beyond mores and morals

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

Umesh N. Jindal Life is moving in the fast lane. Urbanisation is going on at an unprecedented pace. There is exposure to world-class cinema and TV and explosion of social media. Amid all this, sexuality is not a taboo and …more

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USA: Dear Robert Kennedy, Jr.: Here Are Two People You Can Give $100,000

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

  Bruce Y. Lee ,   CONTRIBUTOR I cover the intersection of business, health and public health. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.   Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., have you seen all the vaccine safety studies out there? (Photo: …more

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How often people google for vaccination: Qualitative and quantitative insights from a systematic search of the web-based activities using Google Trends

Posted on 26 Feb, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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Strategies and actions of multi-purpose health communication on vaccine preventable infectious diseases in order to increase vaccination coverage in the population: The ESCULAPIO project

Posted on 26 Feb, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature

   

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Why, when and for what diseases pregnant and new mothers “should” be vaccinated

Posted on 26 Feb, 2017 by The VCP. Category: Literature
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India: Vaccination Drive Extended After Hitting a Wall in Muslim Pockets

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

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

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

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

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

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India: Mission to bust rumours about MR vaccination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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South Africa: Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine Administered in South Africa

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

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

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Malaysia: Viral social media post on rotavirus outbreak rattles Malacca

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

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

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

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

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

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USA:Trump energizes the anti-vaccine movement in Texas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Croatia: Due to anti-vaccination conspiracy theories measles returns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: Vaccine programs are threatened by exemptions, ACA repeal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: Religious vaccine exemptions on the rise in NJ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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India cuts some funding ties with Gates Foundation on immunization

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

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

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UK: British child must be vaccinated, court rules

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Another kind of Zika public health emergency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brazil: Young Brazilians more susceptible to cancer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Australia:Safety, components concerns spur vaccine hesitancy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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India: MMR vaccine – Needle prick caused fainting in Puducherry

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

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

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USA: How the anti-vaxxers are winning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: How the anti-vaxxers are winning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: Should scientists engage in activism?

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: Why the internet loves fake health
news

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

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

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Australia: Penalty push against anti-vaxxers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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India: Polio team faces resistance in
Malegaon

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

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

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

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

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

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India: Many parents to avoid measles rubella shots for kid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brazil: Surge of yellow fever raises alarms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nigeria: How Jos community rejected polio immunization over hunger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: The delusion of alternative facts

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

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

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

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

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

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Philippines: 43% decline in dengue credited to new vaccine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Belgium: MMR fraud doctor to address EU event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UK: Government appeals against compensation ruling over swine flu vaccination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pakistan: Will Pakistan ever become polio free?

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

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

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Canada: Ottawa comic book aims to get children vaccinated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA: Scientists join massive protest against Trump

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

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

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Pakistan: No refusal case in Chitral polio drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Literature Literature archive

L E. SmithaRK. Webster J Weinman, R Amlôt, JYiendd,. Rubina, 2017 Vaccine in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.02.031
Perman S, Turner S, Ramsay AIG, et al. 2017 BMC Public Health  17:252
MJ Johnstone 2017 Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal 24 (8): 2

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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