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Philippines: The vaccine dilemma – How experts weigh benefits for many against risks for a few

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

You’ve likely seen a version of the image above. Some people observe two faces in profile. Others see a vase. The same phenomenon can occur when scientists look at data, particularly when they try to weigh the benefits and risks …more

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Anti-vaccine misinformation denies children’s rights

Posted on 23 Apr, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

  By  Arthur L. Caplan  and  Peter J. Hotez Special to The Times This spring’s violence in Parkland, Florida, cast a spotlight on the rights of children and adolescents deserving protection. But in recent weeks we have also learned about …more

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Unveiling vaccine hesitancy

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

mmunization rates in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina are as low as 40% in some areas and continuing to decline, increasing the risk of large disease outbreaks. But, no one knows precisely why. Growing vaccine hesitancy, misinformation in social …more

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Germany: Measles infection rate triples

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

Measles vaccination rates are rising in Germany but so is the number of annual infections. Unvaccinated children can be kept out of school and day care to prevent an outbreak of the disease. Despite the introduction of tighter laws regulating …more

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Switzerland: WHO recommends testing before use of Sanofi’s dengue vaccine

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

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday Sanofi’s vaccine against dengue should only be used after testing on individuals to assess whether they have ever been exposed to the infection. After a two-day meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, experts at …more

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Romania: In Romania, distrust of vaccines kills

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

Measles still claims young lives in Romania, where nearly 40 children have died in an outbreak that many blame on parents being misled by scare stories that vaccinating them is dangerous. Some 12,000 people have contracted measles since late 2016 in the …more

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China: Vaccine Scandal Fearmongering Attracts Backlash

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

The revelation of a scandal involving the illegal distribution of over US$88 million in improperly stored vaccines over the last five years has sparked outrage in China, where food and drug scandals are commonplace. An ongoing investigation has so far led to the detention of at least 37. Mounting …more

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Nigeria: Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremists hamper polio eradication

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

Islamic extremists made Imana Alhaji Gana’s village in northeastern Nigeria too dangerous for health workers to vaccinate against polio. Now that she and her family have fled to a displacement camp, those workers want to catch her children in time. …more

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Ireland: HSE rules out involvement in anti-HPV vaccine conference

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

The HSE has said it will have no involvement in an anti-HPV-vaccine event set to be held in Dublin next Saturday. The conference is being organised by the International Federation for Injured Children and Adults, a campaign group “seeking solutions for …more

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Pakistan: Over 4,000 families refuse polio vaccine in Punjab over ‘viral video’

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

Greater than four,000 households refused to manage their youngsters with polio drops throughout an ongoing immunisation drive in Punjab. Well being division officers stated that the refusals, originating from 5 districts of the province, stem from an anti-vaccine video being propagated …more

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Croatia: More than 15,000 Children Unvaccinated

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

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USA: Anti-Vax Hospital Workers Using Religious Exemption Put Patients At Risk

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

For several years now, anti-vaxxers have been claiming that they have religious objections to vaccines. This is nonsense. Just last month, the New England Journal of Medicine featured an article describing how the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been suing hospitals …more

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Status and drivers of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in the Islamic world: A comparative analysis

Posted on 15 Apr, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Socioeconomic factors associated with full childhood vaccination in Bangladesh

Posted on 15 Apr, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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India: At 61% full immunisation, Uttarakhand lags at bottom

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

Achievement of the health department’s immunisation programme in Uttarakhand has taken a serious hit in 2017-18 as only 61.32% children (9-11 months old) were covered with full immunisation. This is a drastic fall from 99.3% full immunisation that was achieved …more

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Ukraine: Death toll from outbreak of measles

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

The number of deaths continues to grow. In a press-service of the Ministry of health of Ukraine reported that last week, died of measles three in Lviv, which were not vaccinated, reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference …more

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UK: Call to extend HPV vaccine to boys as cancer rates soar

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

Health officials will come under increasing pressure to extend vaccination against the cancer-causing human papilloma virus to young men. Doctors say new figures, to be released in a few weeks, will show that rates of head and neck cancers in men …more

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Philippines: Senate’s draft Dengvaxia report, ‘full of inaccuracies’ – Garin

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

Former Department of Health (DOH) secretary Janette Garin on Wednesday described as “full of half-truths” Senator Richard Gordon’s recommendations based on the draft findings on the Dengvaxia vaccination investigation by the Senate’s Blue Ribbon Committee. “I believe that the narrative …more

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Canada: 600 central Ontario students facing suspension for not updating vaccination records

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

A health unit serving central Ontario is sending school suspension orders to approximately 600 students for not having updated vaccination records. This week the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit says students and families in the city of …more

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Pakistan: Authorities deny polio vaccine caused death

Posted on 10 Apr, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The district health authorities denied that a two-month-old baby died after taking polio vaccine in Khizar Town of Renala Khurd on Monday. Mujahid, father of infant Manahil, alleged the health of his baby deteriorated after polio vaccinators administered her drops. …more

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USA: Opinion – Don’t politicize vaccines

Posted on 10 Apr, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Disease does not care if you are a Democrat or a Republican. Cancer does not care whether you voted for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Influenza has no concern about whether you showed up to vote in the March primary …more

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Australia: Anti-vaccination doctor appeals suspension

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

A prominent Melbourne anti-vaccination doctor is appealing his suspension by the medical board and plans to take his fight to the Supreme Court. John Piesse’s Mitcham practice was raided by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in September last …more

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Pakistan: Anti-polio drive to focus on refusal cases

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

RAWALPINDI:  District Health Authority (DHA) will focus on refusal cases in the upcoming anti-polio campaign starting from April 9 to April 12. “The health authority will especially cover the 489 refusal cases of the previous campaign to bring the number …more

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Romania: Measles epidemic – baby dies, death toll reaches 46

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

Romanian health authorities say a nine-month old baby has died of measles, the 46th fatality from an epidemic that has struck the country over the past year. The National Center for the Supervision and Control of Transmissible Diseases said Friday …more

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France: Vaccins obligatoires – comment les crèches se préparent-elles ?

Posted on 6 Apr, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

En plus des trois vaccins actuellement obligatoires (diphtérie, tétanos, poliomyélite) s’ajoutent désormais l’haemophilius influenzae B (bactérie provoquant notamment des pneumopathies et des méningites), la coqueluche, l’hépatite B, la rougeole, les oreillons, la rubéole, le méningocoque C (bactérie provoquant des méningites) et le pneumocoque (bactérie provoquant notamment des …more

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USA: ‘You are going to hell!’ crowd erupts after vote to make it harder to skip vaccines

Posted on 6 Apr, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Parents erupted in anger Thursday after state lawmakers advanced a bill that would make it harder for families in New Jersey to avoid getting their children shots based on religious grounds.  Moments after the state Assembly Health Committee at the …more

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USA: People can’t be educated into vaccinations, but behavioral nudges help, study finds

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

Vaccines were one of the great inventions of modern history. They helped stop America’s polio epidemic in the 1950s, when it was paralyzing thousands and killing at least 3,000 a year. They have prevented the deaths of millions worldwide from diseases …more

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‘We All Work Together to Vaccinate the Child’: A Formative Evaluation of a Community-Engagement Strategy Aimed at Closing the Immunization Gap in North-West Ethiopia

Posted on 5 Apr, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature

The role of community engagement (CE) in improving demand for immunization merits investigation. The International Rescue Committee developed a CE strategy to implement a vaccine defaulter-tracing tool and a color-coded health calendar aimed at increasing uptake of immunization services in …more

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Slovakia: Vaccination holes threaten the return of diseases

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

The vaccination rate in several regions in Slovakia has dropped below the 95-percent level. These so-called vaccination holes can serve as an entrance for the return of diseases that have not been reported in Slovakia over a longer period, according …more

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Greece: 2345 suspected measles cases reported as of April 1

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

Event According to Greek health officials, 2345 suspected cases of measles, including two deaths, had been reported in 2018 as of April 1 amid an ongoing measles outbreak in the country. Of the 2345 cases, 1390 were clinically confirmed, and …more

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France: measles outbreak update

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

France measles outbreak update by NEWS DESK  April 2, 2018 In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in France, health authorities now report 1,232 measles cases since November 6, 2017, with 94 percent reported since January 1, 2018. Image/FotoshopTofs via pixabay Sixty-nine …more

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Philippines: After Dengvaxia scare, measles cases soar to 598

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

RISING CASES. More and more Filipinos are getting rashes like this due to measles. MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded 598 cases of measles from January 1 to March 17, a huge spike from the figures …more

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Thailand: Doctor stands firm on bird-flu warning amid govt denials

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

Top officials reject concerns about H5N1 after dead animals found at zoo. A RESPECTED doctor has stood by his claims that there were bird-flu infections in Thailand last year, even after several senior government officials issued denials on Monday.  Dr …more

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USA: The Psychology Of Fake News

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

During the past two years, fake news has been a frequent topic of real news, with articles considering the role of social media in spreading fake news, the advent of fake videos and the role these play in the political process. Something less …more

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Portugal: measles outbreak rises to 82

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

The Directorate General of Health (DGS) reported Friday that the measles outbreak has risen to 82 cases. Of the 82 infected, 71 have recovered. At present, there are 20 cases under investigation, 197 negative cases and 2 patients hospitalized in a …more

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The impact of past vaccination coverage and immunity on pertussis resurgence

Posted on 1 Apr, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Turkey: If anti-vaccination trend gains pace, epidemic risk, warns expert

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

If the anti-vaccination trend gains pace, this may produce serious consequences, including an epidemic, warns Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ceyhan, a member of the immunization advisory board of the Health Ministry. According to Ceyhan, a total of 23,000 parents refused to …more

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India: Before School Starts, Kerala Parents Worry About Vaccination Certificates

Posted on 30 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

The Kerala state government’s controversial proposal of making vaccination certificates mandatory for admission of children to class 1 is being debated by key stakeholders such as parents, health activists, policy experts, former bureaucrats, and medical professionals. Some see it as …more

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France: HPV Vaccination Rates – An Example of Information Mistrust

Posted on 30 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

    March 29th, 2018 – Vaccines, often lauded as one of the greatest public health interventions, are losing public confidence in certain countries. As an example, France is being confronted by various constituencies regarding vaccine-preventable diseases, such as cervical cancer. …more

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Afghanistan: Islamic Clerics, Government Working Together To Convince Militant Groups To Allow Polio Vaccination In Rural Areas

Posted on 30 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Islamic clerics have agreed to work with the Afghan government to persuade militant groups in the country that vaccination programmes should be allowed in remote areas. Imans are to consult with the Taliban, Islamic State and other factions in the …more

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Politics and public trust shape vaccine risk perceptions

Posted on 29 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Blog

Nature Human Behaviour  (Published online: 26 March 2018)   There is something about vaccines, and getting vaccinated, that touches nerves – personal, political and cultural nerves. It’s not natural; it hurts (“just a little bit”), and sometimes has side effects. …more

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“We are the heroes because we are ready to die for this country”: Participants’ decision-making and grounded ethics in an Ebola vaccine clinical trial

Posted on 29 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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USA: Parents of an autistic child are less likely to vaccinate any of their kids, study finds

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

That’s according to a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, which found that parents of an autistic child are less likely to vaccinate their autistic child and the child’s siblings. Researchers looked at children born between January 1995 and September …more

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Uganda: Anger over fake Hepatitis B vaccine

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

Kampala, Uganda | FLAVIA NASSAKA | More Ugandans are infected with Hepatitis B than HIV, the virus which causes the dreaded AIDS. And both infections are spread the same way – through blood and other body fluids. Unlike HIV which destroys …more

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France: More than 1,000 cases of measles and 64 affected departments

Posted on 25 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Measles is currently affecting several French regions and the rapid increase in the number of cases since the beginning of the year may give rise to fears of another major epidemic throughout the country, French health officials report this week (computer …more

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Ukraine: Bans sale and use of Russian measles vaccine

Posted on 25 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Saturday, March 24, 2018 – 12:00 The State Service of Ukraine for Drugs and Drug Control banned the sale and use of the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella Prioriks, registered in Russia. The corresponding order of the department is …more

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How to get public engagement right

Posted on 25 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Ireland: HSE launches information campaign on the HPV vaccine

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

THE GOVERNMENT HAS launch the second phase of its HPV vaccine information campaign today to inform and encourage schoolgirls and their parents to avail of the free HPV vaccine scheme. Since the launch of the first phase of that campaign – which …more

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UK: A mumps crisis is coming as vaccines wear off, Harvard report warns

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

Mumps is back in the US, and people are most likely getting sick because the effects of the vaccine they got in early childhood are wearing off, new research suggests. For three decades after mumps vaccines were introduced in 1967, …more

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Australia: Perth’s north has one of the lowest immunisation rates in the country

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

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Send via Email Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Perth’s northern suburbs has one of the lowest immunisation rates in children in the nation, according to new research from the Australian Institute …more

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Ireland: HPV vaccine – Take medical over online advice, parents urged

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

Minister for Health Simon Harris has urged parents to get their medical information from medical sources rather than social media. Speaking as he announced the second phase of a national cervical cancer vaccination programme – aimed at first-year secondary school girls – …more

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Philippines: WHO laments low vaccination rates amid Dengvaxia scare

Posted on 23 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

      ublished March 22, 2018 9:37pm  By CHINO GASTON, GMA News    The World Health Organization has expressed concern over reports coming from the Department of Health citing low vaccination rates due to the scare brought about by the …more

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Malaysia: Toddler dies of diphtheria after parents refused to vaccinate her against disease

Posted on 22 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Pakistan: Social media poses new challenge for anti-polio campaigns

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

Although there has been improvement in the country when it comes to reducing the number of polio cases, social media poses a new challenge for the polio vaccination programme. “Whenever the time comes to start a campaign against polio, a …more

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USA: How Facebook Groups Are Being Exploited To Spread Misinformation, Plan Harassment, And Radicalize People

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

One week after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, those searching on Facebook for information about the upcoming March for Our Lives were likely to be shown an active group with more than 50,000 members. Called “March for Our Lives 2018 Official,” it …more

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Turkey: Alarming rate of anti-vaxxers concerns doctors

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

legal victory against mandatory vaccination of children may spell trouble for generations to come. Professor Mehmet Ceyhan, who heads the National Vaccination Commission, says vaccine exemptions rose 13 times in the past three years, and more than 12,000 people were …more

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Pakistan: Two polio workers killed, three abducted by militants in Pakistan

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

Many extremist groups have spread rumours that the vaccination drives were a front for espionage or a conspiracy to sterilise Muslims. Militants on Sunday attacked a polio team in Pakistan’s tribal region bordering Afghanistan, killing two workers and abducting three …more

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Serbia: Measles epidemic claims 13 lives

Posted on 17 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Belgrade, March 16 – A further two people have died in Serbia from measles-related complications, taking the death toll since the start of the epidemic last October to 13. In total the Serbian haelth authorities have registered 3,650 cases of …more

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Uganda: Parliament suspends Hepatitis B vaccination in private health facilities over fake vaccines

Posted on 17 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Parliament’s Health Committee of Health has ordered the temporary suspension of the Hepatitis B vaccination in all private health facilities over reports of fake drugs. In July 2015 President Yoweri Museveni launched a massive vaccination campaign against Hepatitis B which …more

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Intentions to use a novel Zika vaccine: the effects of misbeliefs about the MMR vaccine and perceptions about Zika

Posted on 17 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Italy: Se l’epidemia è la disinformazione

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

La questione vaccini è in questo periodo sempre più al centro di polemiche e accesi dibattiti, e il recente convegno internazionale organizzato dall’ordine dei biologi per il cinquantenario della sua fondazione “Le nuove frontiere della biologia” del 2 marzo scorso …more

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Canada: Manitoba school trustees to consider mandatory vaccinations for school children

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

The Manitoba School Boards Association will vote this week on a motion that would see the organization lobby the provincial government to pass legislation making vaccinations mandatory for school-aged children. The motion was brought forward by the Brandon School Division …more

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Denmark: Rebuilding Confidence in HPV Vaccination

Posted on 15 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Pakistan: Pakistan is racing to combat the world’s first extensively drug-resistant typhoid outbreak

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

When Qaurat al-Ain brought her fever-stricken daughter Mariam to a doctor in this city 90 miles east of Karachi, she assumed the one-year-old had a chest cold. The doctor prescribed antibiotics and sent her on her way, but the fever …more

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USA: Anti-vaccine advocate reportedly setting his eyes on Texas elections

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

Discredited British researcher Andrew Wakefield, who’s medical license was revoked after his anti-vaccination theories were debunked, is reportedly looking for a new platform in Texas politics.  Wakefield was the first person to claim a connection between vaccines and autism, according to the BBC. In 1998, …more

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Brazil: When Whatsapp’s Fake News Problem Threatens Public Health

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

IN REMOTE AREAS of Brazil’s Amazon basin, yellow fever used to be a rare, if regular visitor. Every six to ten years, during the hot season, mosquitoes would pick it up from infected monkeys and spread it to a few loggers, …more

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Rebuilding patient–physician trust in China, developing a trust-oriented bioethics

Posted on 11 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature, Map2

Provider: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd Content:text/plain; charset=”UTF-8″ TI – Rebuilding patient–physician trust in China, developing a trust-oriented bioethics JO – JA – Developing World Bioeth VL – UR – DO – 10.1111/dewb.12172 SP – 4 EP – 6 PY …more

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Australia: Sydney’s wealthiest suburbs have lower than average child vaccination rates: report

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

 Print  Email  Facebook  Twitter  More Sydney’s wealthiest suburbs have lower than average child vaccination rates: report By Pablo Vinales Updated about 8 hours ago PHOTO: The Northern Sydney Local Health District had lower than average rates of child immunisation. (Supplied: Australian Child Health Poll) RELATED STORY: Immunisation rate as …more

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USA: Communication Intervention Increases HPV Vaccination in Teens

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

Rates of vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) remain low among adolescents in the United States, despite wide availability of the vaccine since 2006 for girls and 2009 for boys. Now, a new randomized controlled clinical trial suggests that patients …more

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Philippines: Amid Dengvaxia uproar, media urged not to ‘let non-experts hog the spotlight’

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

Amid the uproar caused by the Dengvaxia controversy, media practitioners on Friday were urged to give air time to medical experts with years of experience in their fields to ensure the accuracy of their reports. “Don’t let the non-experts hog …more

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Ireland: Can kids spot fake news when it comes to health claims?

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

Claims of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism has contributed to a fall in vaccinations for measles in a number of countries including Ireland. Despite the vaccine being credited with an 84 percent drop in measles worldwide, the argument against …more

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France: Sanofi may seek U.S. approval for Dengvaxia despite Philippines outrage

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

PARIS (Reuters) – Sanofi (SASY.PA) will decide shortly whether to seek regulatory approval for its dengue vaccine Dengvaxia in the United States and remains committed to the medicine despite a health scare in the Philippines, a senior executive said on …more

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USA: Wisconsin woman forced to get flu shot or be fired, DOJ lawsuit claims

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

When certified nursing assistant Barnell Williams was told she needed to get the flu vaccine for her job in the fall of 2016, she refused, citing religious beliefs that her body was a “Holy Temple.” Her now former employer, Lasata …more

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USA: FDA did not issue new statement on vaccines and autism

Posted on 8 Mar, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

Some health websites have misrepresented the fine print on an old vaccine label to falsely claim that the “FDA announced that vaccines are causing autism.” Vaccines do not cause autism and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did not make …more

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Philippines: Measles outbreaks as Dengvaxia mess prompts anti-vaccine backlash

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

Anti-vaccination sentiment sparked by the Dengvaxia mess could have contributed to latest outbreaks of measles, a senior well being official has advised. The authorities has recognized 4 outbreaks of measles — which stays one of many world’s main killers of …more

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France: Pourquoi la France refuse le vaccin contre la dengue pour ses territoires d’outre-mer

Posted on 6 Mar, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

« Si la France, pays fabricant du Dengvaxia, n’en veut pas pour sa propre population, c’est bien qu’il y a un problème avec ce vaccin et que Sanofi nous prend pour ses cobayes ! » L’accusation revient en boucle dans les médias et sur …more

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Brazil: As yellow fever spreads toward big cities, Brazil struggles to vaccinate millions

Posted on 6 Mar, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

With air mattresses and beach chairs tucked under their arms, they began arriving as early as midnight, lining up down the sidewalk and around the corner in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil. “Make sure you have your vaccination card and your …more

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USA: Self-Declared ‘Health Ranger’ Mike Adams Has Apparently Been Booted From YouTube

Posted on 6 Mar, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The prophesied day of doom may not yet have come for Infowars founder Alex Jones, who proclaimed YouTube would summarily ban him on Sunday but rode out the day with the account intact. But kindred soul Mike Adams, the self-declared “Health Ranger” …more

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Pakistan: Health authorities to hold measles vaccination drives

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

Health authorities have decided to start a door-to-door campaign for measles vaccinations as many people in Pakistan do not vaccinate their children because they think doing so is un-Islamic, District Health Officer Islamabad Dr Najeeb Durrani said. According to a …more

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USA: Why Americans are such easy targets for trolls and bots

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

In the days after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, we learned that we weren’t just fighting gun violence in our country; we were also fighting bots that were using Facebook and other social media platforms …more

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Pakistan: Polio worker killed after abduction in Central Kurram

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

(MENAFN – Tribal News Network) PARACHINAR, 02 March: Unidentified people have killed a polio worker in Central Kurram Agency, officials said here on Friday. Assistant political agent Arshad Jamil told reporters here that the polio worker, Quaidullah, was kidnapped by …more

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USA: Disgraced anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield aims to advance his agenda in Texas election

Posted on 4 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Philippines: Public Attorney Office liable for immunization scare

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

March 4, 2016 – The Public Attorney’s Office or the PAO should be held liable for causing the reduction in immunization according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III “irresponsible comments created unnecessary panic and scared the public from getting children …more

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USA: “Heard Immunity” — In An Age Of Vaccine Skepticism, It Is Critical To Understand Herd Immunity

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

Lessons from the current flu season and the vaccination dilemma. Andrew Flescher and Geoffrey Kabat The 2017-2018 flu season is being called the worst since 2009 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it may yet outstrip the …more

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Italy: Vaccine Debate Shows Anti-Establishment Sway

Posted on 4 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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UK: In the Wake of Wakefield

Posted on 4 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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Nigeria: Vaccination security operatives over herdsmen attacks

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

NEWS Vaccination: Oyo engages security operatives over herdsmen attacks    March 2, 2018  Daramola Adebayo  Oyo State government has assured that appropriate measures have been put in place to ensure safety of health workers administering measles vaccines on children in …more

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Human arrogance and epidemics

Posted on 2 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Literature
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Philippines: Dengue Fever Vaccine Causing Panic, Political Strife

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

A faulty dengue fever vaccine has set off mass panic over immunization shots and a political storm in the Philippines following the deaths of three children. The dengue fever vaccine Dengvaxia poses health risks to more than 700,000 schoolchildren who …more

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Denmark: Campaign rebuilds confidence in HPV vaccination

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

When Eigil Rosegar Poulsen first heard about the controversy over the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination in Denmark, he became quite upset. Still, the debate sparked a desire to share his story. In 2010 Eigil lost his wife, Trine, to …more

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Brazil: Yellow fever — and a ‘dangerous’ anti-vaccination campaign

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

RIO DE JANEIRO — With cases of yellow fever multiplying in Brazil, Paula Muniz, a 42-year-old accountant, was considering whether to get vaccinated. Then she saw a viral Facebook post about a teenage girl’s supposedly fatal reaction after receiving the vaccine, …more

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To wipe out measles, governments must regain social trust

Posted on 28 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Blog

Also in TIME Magazine (click on title) :  The Vaccine-Autism Myth Started 20 Years Ago. Here’s Why It Still Endures Today To wipe out measles, governments must regain social trust Published in the Financial Times  Europe’s measles outbreaks have made headlines in …more

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Philippines: House opposition to Duterte – Order Acosta to ‘stop pseudo-forensic intervention’

Posted on 27 Feb, 2018 by The VCP. Category: Latest News

The House opposition bloc on Tuesday, February 27, called on President Rodrigo Duterte to “intervene” in government’s efforts to investigate the deaths of children who received a now-controversial anti-dengue vaccine amid apparent conflict among different agencies under the executive. Magdalo …more

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USA: Five Myths About the Flu You Should Stop Believing

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

Five Myths About the Flu You Should Stop Believing   00 Posted on 2/23/2018 9:01 AM Here are five myths about the flu it’s time to stop believing . . . Myth #1. “The flu isn’t a serious illness.” Last year, …more

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Italy: Italians march to protest fascism, racism, labor, vaccines

Posted on 25 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News

Students opposing a neo-fascist party have scuffled with police in Milan at one of at least a dozen rallies being held across Italy on the last weekend for political action before the March 4 national election. Thousands of police have …more

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UK: Social media ‘anti-vaxxers’ fuel mistrust in health jabs

Posted on 24 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson. Category: Latest News
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USA: Past encounters with the flu shape vaccine response

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

Past encounters with the flu shape vaccine response Immune history influences vaccine effectiveness, interacting with other potential problems arising from the manufacturing process Date: February 20, 2018     New research on why the influenza vaccine was only modestly effective …more

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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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Literature Literature archive

Akseer, Nadia et al. The Lancet , 2018 Lancet Vol 391 (10129):1493 - 1512
Boulton, Matthew L. et al. s 2018 International Journal of Infectious Disease Vol 69:35 - 40
T Chantler et al. 2018 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15 (4) DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15040667

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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