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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
Helen Branswell STAT 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

  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

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

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
Matthias Blamont & Julie Steenhuysen Reuters

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
No Author Medical Xpress

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
Josh Rudolph China Digital Times

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
HARUNA UMAR and KRISTA LARSON AP

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
Aine McMahon The Irish Times

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

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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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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