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UK:Half of Britons say they’ve never heard of HPV

Posted on 17 Nov, 2019. Category: Latest News

About eight in ten people will be infected with human papillomavirus, or HPV, at some point in their lives. Yet half of British people have never heard of it – despite its known link with cancer. Research by the Oral …more

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USA: Social Media, Vaccine Hesitancy and the Spread of Viral Misinformation

Posted on 17 Nov, 2019. Category: Latest News

A study investigating vaccination-related Facebook ads has revealed that efforts by the platform to improve transparency may have led to the removal of ads promoting vaccination, whilst a small group of unscientific anti-vaccine ad buyers have successfully been able to …more

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Impact of mandatory law on vaccine hesitancy spectrum: The case of measles vaccine catch-up activities in Tuscany, Italy

Posted on 17 Nov, 2019. Category: Literature
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Germany: to fine parents £2,000 if they fail to vaccinate children for measles

Posted on 16 Nov, 2019. Category: Latest News

Measles vaccinations will be made compulsory for German schoolchildren from next year. The Bundestag – Germany‘s parliament – yesterday passed a law that means parents who do not vaccinate school-age children face fines of up to €2,500 (£2,140). The new rules …more

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USA: This Vitaminwater Ad Helps Us Understand 2019

Posted on 16 Nov, 2019. Category: Latest News

EDITOR’S PICK627 viewsNov 15, 2019, 10:09am This Vitaminwater Ad Helps Us Understand 2019   Bruce Y. LeeSenior Contributor  Healthcare I am a writer, journalist, professor, systems modeler, computational and digital health expert, avocado-eater, and entrepreneur, not always in that order. …more

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DRCongo:

Posted on 15 Nov, 2019. Category: Latest News

A second Ebola vaccine is to be offered to around 50,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as part of a major clinical trial. The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine will be used alongside a vaccine made by Merck, …more

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USA: Majority of anti-vaxx ads on Facebook are funded by just two organizations

Posted on 15 Nov, 2019. Category: Latest News

Study finds Robert F Kennedy Jr’s World Mercury Project and Larry Cook’s Stop Mandatory Vaccinations bought 54% of ads Jessica Glenza in New York  @JessicaGlenza Thu 14 Nov 2019 07.00 GMTLast modified on Thu 14 Nov 2019 15.00 GMT      Vaccines are one of …more

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VACCINES & FAKE NEWS: Analysing measles outbreaks 2019

Posted on 10 Nov, 2019. Category: Blog

  By  Lola García-Ajofrín Even though it is a vaccine-preventable disease, measles kills over 100,000 people every year. Worldwide cases tripled in the first three months of 2019. The causes of these outbreaks are diverse: from health infrastructure to civil …more

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Article of the Month: “Measles, Mumps, And Communion: A Vision For Vaccine Policy”

Posted on 10 Nov, 2019. Category: Blog

A thoughtful reflection and analysis on social cooperation and vulnerability  – HL   Measles, Mumps, And Communion: A Vision For Vaccine Policy Joshua T. B. Williams      published in Health Affairs It was the fall of 2006, and mumps …more

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Efficacy of a Tetravalent Dengue Vaccine in Healthy Children and Adolescents

Posted on 10 Nov, 2019. Category: Literature
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Immunization: vital progress, unfinished agenda

Posted on 10 Nov, 2019. Category: Literature
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USA: Release of Vaxxed sequel prompts fears dangerous propaganda will spread again

Posted on 3 Nov, 2019. Category: Latest News

Anti-vaccination film to premiere in theatres as several states have been battling against localised outbreaks of measles Ed Pilkington in New York   Thu 31 Oct 2019 06.00  A grassroots anti-vaccine campaigner in Atlanta, Georgia, who is featured in the film. Photograph: …more

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Kenya:Amid church concerns, Kenya rolls out vaccination against cervical cancer

Posted on 1 Nov, 2019. Category: Latest News

By Fredrick Nzwili • Catholic News Service  NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) — Teresa Mandere, 42, remains hesitant about having her teenage daughter participate in the government-sponsored vaccination program against cervical cancer. From her residence in a middle-class neighborhood of Nairobi, Mandere …more

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UK:Image on flu jab ingredients is misleading

Posted on 1 Nov, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Canada: 5 moms launching legal challenge to Ontario’s child vaccination law

Posted on 30 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News

A group launching a legal challenge to Ontario’s child vaccination system is planning a rally at the provincial legislature in Toronto today. The group, which consists of five mothers and the organization Vaccine Choice Canada, is also expected to hold a …more

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Singapore: Measles cases hit 149 amid global increase

Posted on 26 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News
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A Polio-Free Pakistan: The cure is persistence

Posted on 26 Oct, 2019. Category: Blog

World Polio Day    OpEd   publushed in The Daily Tines    On October 24, we mark World Polio Day as many countries in the world will be able to celebrate knowing that their country is polio-free. The crippling virus has …more

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France: Vaccine Hesitancy World Champion?

Posted on 26 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News

Distrust of certain vaccines may reflect much broader problems, such as confidence in the French healthcare system. That is the view of the sociologist Jeremy Ward, who has looked at the reasons for French reluctance, which needs to be differentiated …more

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Canada: Scholars say religious vaccine objections can’t be traced to Biblical sources

Posted on 19 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News

The medical arguments for vaccinating children against infectious diseases are overwhelming, but they still fail to convince a significant number of parents who seek exemptions in provinces that require shots for kids in school. It’s the reason Toronto Public Health …more

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US: Vaccine exemption rates among kindergartners continue to climb, CDC says

Posted on 18 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News

here has been a small increase in vaccine exemption rates among kindergarteners in the United States, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The finding, published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on …more

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Pakistan: Council of Islamic Ideology ratifies 100 Fatwas in support of polio vaccination

Posted on 15 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Philippines: Disease outbreaks linked to vaccine fear

Posted on 15 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News

[MANILA] “Some mothers call health workers on immunisation drives child killers,” says Lulu Bravo, professor emeritus at the College of Medicine, University of the Philippines, describing a trend towards vaccine hesitancy that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of children.   Vaccine …more

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Parent psychology and the decision to delay childhood vaccination

Posted on 13 Oct, 2019. Category: Literature

   The study of vaccine hesitancy identifies parental decisions to delay childhood vaccinations as an important public health issue, with consequences for immunization rates, the pursuit of nonmedical exemptions in states, and disease outbreaks. While prior work has explored the …more

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USA: Anti-vaccination groups still crowdfunding on Facebook despite crackdown

Posted on 12 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News

Activists planning to line California roadways with anti-vaccination billboards full of misinformation are paying for them through Facebook fundraisers, despite a platform-wide crackdown on such campaigns. According to organizers, the billboards will feature the faces of two children whose parents …more

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UK: We MUST stop school gates being a breeding ground for MMR myths, says NHS England Chief Executive SIMON STEVENS

Posted on 12 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News

We MUST stop school gates being a breeding ground for MMR myths, says NHS England Chief Executive SIMON STEVENS The World Health Organisation has announced the UK is no longer measles-free Recent Government report showed vaccination rates had fallen across …more

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Philippines: Polio returns after 19 years

Posted on 12 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News

There is an outbreak of polio in the Philippines and travellers are advised to ensure they are vaccinated against the disease.   The disease is re-emerging in the country 19 years after it was declared polio-free, according to the Department …more

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DR Congo: Parents Rush to Get Measles Vaccine After Recent Outbreak Kills Thousands of Children in the

Posted on 12 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News

Hypolite Mandala and his wife, Nadège, were among the first parents to arrive for the measles vaccination at Nzombi Health Centre in Masi Manimba, a village 400 km south of Kinshasa. They brought their 3-year-old triplet girls. The children had …more

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Switzerland: ‘Alarming upsurge’ in measles has devastating impact, WHO warns

Posted on 12 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News

LONDON (Reuters) – Measles is staging a devastating comeback in epidemics across the world as the virus exploits dangerous gaps in vaccination coverage, World Health Organization (WHO) experts said on Friday. Speaking after a two-day meeting of the Strategic Advisory …more

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Philippines: Atienza, Garin square off in intense debate over Dengvaxia, confidence on national vaccination program

Posted on 8 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News

By Ben Rosario A fierce debate on the dengvaxia controversy nearly resulted in the early adjournment of Tuesday’s House of Representatives’ plenary session. Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza and Senior Deputy Minority Leader Janette Garin (NP, Iloilo) (MANILA BULLETIN) The …more

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Article of the month on “The life-course approach to vaccination”

Posted on 6 Oct, 2019. Category: Blog

An important article mapping the way forward for how vaccines can keep us healthy throughout life. –HL The life-course approach to vaccination: Harnessing the benefits of vaccination throughout life Jody Tate, et al.  Published in VACCINE  , 16 October 2019 …more

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Social media and HPV vaccination: Unsolicited public comments on a Facebook post by the Western Cape Department of Health provide insights into determinants of vaccine hesitancy in South Africa

Posted on 6 Oct, 2019. Category: Literature
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USA: The U.S. narrowly eked out a measles win, keeping elimination status

Posted on 5 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News

Just in the nick of time, a nearly yearlong measles outbreak that threatened to strip the United States of a major public health achievement decades in the making has ended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on …more

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Philippines: Polio cases a warning for vulnerable Ukraine

Posted on 5 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News
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UK:Health body faces legal action amid concerns over autism ‘cure’

Posted on 5 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News
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UK: Should vaccinations be compulsory?

Posted on 2 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News

Falling vaccination rates for children in England have refuelled the debate over whether jabs should be compulsory for youngsters before they are allowed into schools. The Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock says he is “looking very seriously” at going down …more

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Singapore: fake news law to come into effect Oct 2

Posted on 2 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News

SINGAPORE – It could cost as little as $200 and take as fast as nine days for people to challenge a minister’s decision under Singapore’s fake news laws, which takes effect on Wednesday (Oct 2). The cost and speed of …more

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Philippines: Atienza, Garin clash over Dengvaxia vaccine

Posted on 2 Oct, 2019. Category: Latest News

By: Pathricia Ann V. Roxas – Reporter / @PathRoxasINQ INQUIRER.net / 05:52 PM October 01, 2019   MANILA, Philippines — A heated argument erupted between Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza and Iloilo 1st District Rep. Janette Garin during Tuesday’s House plenary session over the …more

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Pakistan: 4 additional polio cases, Battling anti-vaccination propaganda on social media

Posted on 27 Sep, 2019. Category: Latest News

Pakistan reported an additional four wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases during the past week. Three cases were reported from Lakki Marwat district and one from Torghar district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Anti-vaccine propaganda has been an issue in Pakistan. During …more

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UK: Drop in vaccination rates in England alarming, experts warn

Posted on 27 Sep, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Croatia: Measles hit Zagreb as social media join fight against anti-vaccination

Posted on 25 Sep, 2019. Category: Latest News

Seven people have been diagnosed with measles in Zagreb in the past two weeks, raising concerns that more cases of this highly contagious virus may occur in light of the rising anti-vaccination campaigns. This is not the first case of …more

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India: Gujarat among bottom five in immunization

Posted on 25 Sep, 2019. Category: Latest News

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Article of the week: The World Knows an Apocalyptic Pandemic Is Coming

Posted on 22 Sep, 2019. Category: Blog

Another important wake-up call from Laurie Garrett — a wake-up call to wake-up. There are some issues where evidence is not the issue, where  “more research” is not needed.  The issue instead is that we  are not paying enough attention …more

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USA: New York bans unvaccinated children from public schools

Posted on 21 Sep, 2019. Category: Latest News

Under a new law that just went into effect in New York, children who were not vaccinated on religious grounds will no longer be permitted to attend public elementary schools in the state. The new law, which was passed in …more

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Philippines: launches new vaccine campaign as 2nd polio case emerges

Posted on 20 Sep, 2019. Category: Latest News

The Philippines Friday launched a programme to immunise millions of children from polio after the Asian nation was hit by its first outbreak of the crippling disease in nearly two decades. The two cases, the first since 2001, occurred after …more

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Pakistan: Politicians call for inquiry as number of polio cases rises sharply

Posted on 17 Sep, 2019. Category: Latest News

Pakistan’s main opposition party has demanded an investigation into the country’s sharply rising number of polio cases, as the troubled eradication campaign increasingly becomes a political battlefield. Former ministers and advisers of the PML-N party, which lost power in last year’s …more

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What’s the cure for misinformation on vaccines?

Posted on 16 Sep, 2019. Category: Video

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission joined forces to tackle the issue at the first global vaccination summit. Although many of them live in developing countries with poor access to vaccines, scientists are worried that anti-vaccination campaigners in the developed world are spreading misinformation on social media. So what’s the cure for their scepticism?

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First Global Vaccination Summit sounds the alarm on access and hesitancy

Posted on 15 Sep, 2019. Category: Blog

One of the most important insights of the European Commission-hosted Vaccination Summit came from  Ethan Lindenberger, an 18-year old high school student who decided to get himself vaccinated  after his  mother chose not to vaccinate him. He spoke passionately  about …more

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Trust in vaccines and medicines in Uganda

Posted on 15 Sep, 2019. Category: Literature
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The mad leading the blind: Perceptions of the vaccine-refusal movement among Australians who support vaccination

Posted on 15 Sep, 2019. Category: Literature
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USA: California’s governor signed a pro-vaccine bill into law this week. Then the protests got weird.

Posted on 14 Sep, 2019. Category: Latest News

Anti-vaccine activists in California area heatedly protested new limits on medical exemptions to vaccine requirements days after the bill was finalized amid a nationwide crisis of confidence in vaccinations. First, protesters blocked the entrance to the state capitol Monday and …more

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Belgium: What’s the cure for misinformation on vaccines? European Commission and World Health Organization urge action

Posted on 14 Sep, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Australia: ‘No jab, no pay’ threat prompts an extra 174,000 children to be vaccinated in one year

Posted on 8 Sep, 2019. Category: Latest News

A threat to cut family tax benefits for Australians who did not vaccinate their children has resulted in an increase of 174,000 children being immunised over the last year. Key points: The families of 350,000 children were warned they risked …more

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Israel: Still Recovering From a Historic Measles Epidemic. Is a Resurgence Right Around the Corner?

Posted on 7 Sep, 2019. Category: Latest News

Israel is still recovering from an unprecedented measles epidemic. The Israeli Health Ministry recorded more than 4,300 cases between July 2018 and July 2019, representing a monumental uptick from the year prior, when only about 30 cases were reported. Rotem Amitai, a …more

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USA: California Advances Crackdown on Bogus Vaccine Exemptions

Posted on 4 Sep, 2019. Category: Latest News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s state Assembly approved legislation Tuesday designed to crack down on doctors who sell fraudulent medical exemptions for vaccinations. But Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said immediately after the vote that he will seek additional amendments affecting one of this legislative session’s most hotly debated issues.

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UK: London’s Measles Outbreaks Continue

Posted on 4 Sep, 2019. Category: Latest News

September 3rd, 2019 – According to The Times of Israel, significant reductions in vaccinations against measles in five-year-olds were recorded in Hackney and Haringey, the north London, England areas with the largest Orthodox populations. This news report on September 3rd, said ‘while 87.2 percent of five-year-olds in England have received the 2-doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, only 74 percent of children in Haringey are completed immunized, and just 67 percent have received the 2-doses of MMR vaccine in Hackney.

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Ukraine: 40th measles death reported

Posted on 4 Sep, 2019. Category: Latest News

The Center for Public Health of Ukraine announced a measles fatality last week in a 5-year-old boy who has not been vaccinated due to contraindications. The boy’s brother, who was also unvaccinated  but did not have contraindications, also contracted measles.

This is the 40th measles death in Ukraine since the outbreak started in the summer of 2017. Since the beginning of the year to August 23, 2019, 57,482 people became ill with measles – 27,176 adults and 30,306 children. More than 115,000 measles cases have been reported since 2017.

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Greece: Expert rebuffs WHO, says measles epidemic has been contained

Posted on 2 Sep, 2019. Category: Latest News

The Greek Health Ministry’s Immunization Committee is planning to send the World Health Organization (WHO) a letter asking that it clarify its decision last week to list Greece among four European nations – including the Czech Republic, Albania and the United Kingdom – where measles is no longer considered eradicated.

The WHO’s decision was based on data from 2018, “leading to the misapprehension that we have an active epidemic,” committee president and Athens University pediatrics professor Maria Theodoridou told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency on Saturday.

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The effect of trust and proximity on vaccine propensity

Posted on 1 Sep, 2019. Category: Literature
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Article of the Week

Posted on 1 Sep, 2019. Category: Blog

Excellent perspectives on vaccine safety and strategies to engage publics – HL Key Actions To Promote Vaccine Acceptance By Walter A. Orenstein, MD, associate director at Emory Vaccine Center and professor of medicine, pediatrics, and global health at Emory University  …more

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USA: Pinterest’s New Feature Adds Pins From WHO, CDC To Curb Vaccine Misinformation

Posted on 31 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

Pinterest will begin delivering information from a trusted public health organization when users search for keywords like “measles” and “vaccine safety.”

On Wednesday, Aug. 28, the company announced the addition of authoritative vaccine results to the website’s search feature. While the social media platform had previously blocked vaccination-related search terms to curb anti-vaccine activity, the new effort will close the “data void” that leads to false or inaccurate information being spread faster and far wider than the truth.

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Pakistan: Five more polio cases, Global total now 71

Posted on 31 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

Pakistan reports 5 more polio cases, Global total now 71 by NEWS DESK August 30, 2019 By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews Five additional wild polioviruses type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week in Pakistan. According to the Global Polio Eradication …more

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Philippines: Why 2020 disinformation campaigns may be outsourced here

Posted on 30 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

As reporters, propaganda experts, and government officials ponder where the next plot to manipulate an election using social media will emerge, one country on the map appears to be blinking red: the Philippines. If that comes as a surprise, consider …more

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Europe: Losing Ground, with 4 Countries Losing “Measles Elimination” Status

Posted on 30 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

The number of measles cases in Europe is soaring, with four European countries — Britain, Greece, the Czech Republic, and Albania — losing their elimination status owing to measles outbreaks, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In the first …more

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Philippines: Dengue spirals out of control

Posted on 29 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

The recent declaration of a national dengue fever epidemic in the Philippines has sounded a public-health alarm in the Western Pacific, as cases of the tropical virus continue to rise throughout the region. The statement by the Philippines Department of …more

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UK: ‘Put trained volunteers in clinics to quell MMR vaccine fears’

Posted on 26 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Article of the week

Posted on 26 Aug, 2019. Category: Blog

David Grimes presents an excellent discussion on the imbalance of “balanced”  reporting of evidence and perceptions of evidence – HL A dangerous balancing act:  On matters of science, a well-meaning desire to present all views equally can be an Trojan …more

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Has the public lost confidence in vaccines because of a vaccine scandal in China

Posted on 26 Aug, 2019. Category: Literature
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Parental opinions towards the “No Jab, No Pay” policy in Australia

Posted on 26 Aug, 2019. Category: Literature

   

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Re-imagining global health through social medicine

Posted on 25 Aug, 2019. Category: Literature
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Cameroon: A multidisciplinary approach to stem the spread of cholera

Posted on 25 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Philippines: ‘Setting is ripe’ for polio recurrence

Posted on 21 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

MANILA — The “setting is ripe” for the recurrence of polio in the Philippines due to low vaccination coverage and poor sanitation in some areas, a health official said Wednesday. The country was declared polio-free in 2000 and the last …more

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UK: MMR vaccine: one in seven five-year-olds in England may not be immunised

Posted on 20 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Singapore: Why is Singapore’s adult vaccination rate so low?

Posted on 18 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

The concept of adult vaccination —  other than for travel overseas —  is relatively new in Singapore. The rationale, however, is similar to that of childhood vaccination.

Vaccine-preventable diseases such as influenza, pneumococcal disease and even measles continue to infect significant numbers of adults each year.

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India: Surge in diphtheria cases hints towards need for routine booster vaccine

Posted on 18 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

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Philippines: ‘Fanning hysteria’ about the dengue vaccine

Posted on 18 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

Amid controversy over an unsigned manifesto, the Office of the Ombudsman has found sufficient ground to launch a formal investigation of Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta and PAO’s forensics head Erwin Erfe.

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Australia: Bogus Paper Claims HPV Vaccine Causes Infertility, Scientists Shred It to Pieces

Posted on 18 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

The vaccine for human papilloma virus (HPV) is a feat of modern medicinethat has proved to be both perfectly safe and highly effective.

After more than a decade of monitoring and research, scientists have found no solid evidence that the vaccine causes fertility problems. And yet, there are still some who refuse to accept this.

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DRCongo: Ebola has been raging for a year: this is why we need a second vaccine

Posted on 17 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

Vaccines have been one of the most powerful innovations in the history of health, slashing rates of many killer childhood diseases such as polio, diphtheria and measles.

And in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where an outbreak of Ebolahas been ongoing for just over a year, a vaccine has undoubtedly played a major role in stopping the disease from spiralling out of control and turning it into a repeat of the 2014-16 epidemic in West Africa which killed more than 11,000 people. 

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Global : Measles outbreaks make 2019 a record-setting year

Posted on 15 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

Measles continues to spread in global outbreaks, with the first 6 months of 2019 producing more measles cases than any year since 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a new report on measles activity in the first half of 2019.

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Uganda: Vaccine trial puts African scientists at forefront of Ebola research

Posted on 14 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

In August 2015 Dr Sakoba Keita, who led the Ebola response in Guinea during the largest Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen, declared: the Ebola vaccine is a gift from Guinea to West Africa and the world. This was just …more

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Ghana: Affected by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus from Nigeria

Posted on 14 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

irculation of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been confirmed in Ghana, related to a cVDPV2 affecting Jigawa, Nigeria. Across the GPEI partnership, the outbreak preparedness and response task team (OPRTT) is working with our regional and country colleagues in …more

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USA: Parents block California’s effort to investigate ‘fake’ vaccine exemptions

Posted on 14 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

SACRAMENTO — California medical regulators have been flooded with complaints about doctors accused of writing improper vaccine exemptions for children, with at least 186 accusations filed in the last four years. But a large number of those complaints— more than …more

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USA: Texas almost mandated an HPV vaccine before politics got in the way.

Posted on 13 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

Texas almost mandated an HPV vaccine before politics got in the way. Now, the state has one of the country’s highest rates of cervical cancer. The state’s approach stands in stark contrast to that of Australia, where leaders have successfully …more

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Israel: El Al stewardess dies after being infected with measles

Posted on 13 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

A stewardess of Israel’s El Al airline died Tuesday, following a months-long battle with measles. The 43-year-old stewardess was infected with the measles virus during a flight from New York to Israel five months ago. After she was infected, the …more

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Philippines: Science and politics

Posted on 12 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

Science and politics BY FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO AUGUST 12, 2019   FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO IF there are two characters that would make the strangest of bedfellows, these would be the scientist and the politician. One cultivates an insensitivity to …more

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USA: The US can learn from Rwanda on stamping out cervical cancer

Posted on 12 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

A recent study in the journal “Lancet” made a big splash when its authors concluded that cervical cancer could be eliminated worldwide “if sufficient population-level vaccination coverage can be reached.” Rwanda is certainly doing its part. The tiny African country …more

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Australia: Mum of three dies unexpectedly after coming down with the flu

Posted on 7 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

Dan Foulds lost his wife Jacinta Foulds when the mum of three contracted flu two weeks ago and became so sick she caught a secondary infection and pneumonia. The nail salon owner told the doctor she was unwell and she …more

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Article of the Month

Posted on 3 Aug, 2019. Category: Blog

An important initiative to bring clinicians into the social media space, where most of the public questions and concerns circulate–  HL Getting Social: Physicians Can Counteract Misinformation With an Online Presence Rita Rubin, MA         JAMA. Published online July 31, …more

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UK: More than 850 cases of suspected mumps reported in just six months

Posted on 3 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

More than 850 cases of suspected mumps have been reported in Nottinghamshire. That compares to just 85 suspected cases in the same period in 2018 – and it is the highest number since comparable records began in 2011.   The …more

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Ukraine: Measles cases slow, Expected to increase when school starts

Posted on 1 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

Measles cases in Ukraine have slowed considerably in recent weeks; however, officials say they will start increasing again after school starts in September. Image/CDC The Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine reported 214  measles cases during …more

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Vietnam: dengue cases top 100K through July

Posted on 1 Aug, 2019. Category: Latest News

Vietnam dengue cases top 100K through July by NEWS DESK July 30, 2019   By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews The dengue fever epidemic in Vietnam has exceeded 100,000 cases in the first seven months of 2019. According to Suckhoe Doisong report (computer translated), the country has …more

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DRCongo: Measles outbreak surpasses 120K cases, 2,000 deaths

Posted on 31 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News
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USA: Are Anti-vaxxers Conscientious Objectors?

Posted on 31 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

By April, 2019 was already a bad year for measles. Outbreaks were occurring all over the world, including in Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Sudan, Thailand, and Ukraine. In the Philippines, more than 200 people, most of them children, had died from …more

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Macedonia: Failed PR stunt from Healthcare Minister Filipce further erodes trust in vaccines

Posted on 29 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

It is the second PR stunt Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce pulled to blow up in his face and to only further inflame anti-vaccination activists in Macedonia. First there were the billboards his Ministry ordered ahead of the September 2018 referendum …more

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USA: RFKennedy Jr makes false and unscientific claims about Guardasil– Part 1

Posted on 26 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News
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India: Rajasthan vaccination drive starts amid protests

Posted on 24 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

A measles-rubella vaccination campaign, targeted to cover 2.26 crore children up to 15 years of age, has started in Rajasthan amid protests by parents in some parts of the State. The drive met with resistance on its opening day on …more

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USA: Religious vaccine exemption ban could keep 1,200 kids out of school

Posted on 24 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – About 1,200 Central New York children who had religious exemptions for vaccinations against measles and other diseases could be banned from school in September unless they get their shots as required under a new state law. A report …more

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SIngapore: Measles cases on rise in recent weeks with 116 cases so far this year: MOH

Posted on 24 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

While there is currently no evidence of community spread from these new cases, MOH said it has taken precautionary measures to prevent further spread. “These include vaccination of close contacts who do not have proof of vaccination or immunity, and close …more

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India: ‘Fake video’ on measles-rubella campaign surfaces, officials on alert

Posted on 23 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News
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DRCongo: Health minister resigns over government handling of Ebola

Posted on 22 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Congo’s health minister, Oly Ilunga, resigned on Monday in protest at the presidency’s announcement last week that it was stripping his team of control over the response to the Ebola outbreak. Ilunga has …more

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Pakistan and Afghanistan: Polio Cases Surge

Posted on 21 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

The global drive to eliminate polio, which has gone on for 31 years and consumed over $16 billion, has been set back again by a surge of new cases in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Mandatory vaccinations for children in Italy: The need for a stable frame

Posted on 21 Jul, 2019. Category: Literature

  https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/vaccine/vol/37/issue/32    

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Article of the week

Posted on 21 Jul, 2019. Category: Blog

An excellent, thoughtful article on the urgent need to diffuse polarized debates to more civil, open dialogue with room for differences –  HL Preserving Civility in Vaccine Policy Discourse: A Way Forward Gregory A. Poland, MD; Jon C. Tilburt, MD; …more

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USA: 3 factors predict Ebola vaccine hesitancy in the US, study finds

Posted on 20 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

Fear, trust in the government, and perceived likelihood of exposure are the three leading predictors of Americans’ willingness to receive Ebola vaccinations, according to a study published July 17 in Heliyon and reported by News Medical.

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Uganda: Joins desperate hunt for Ebola vaccine

Posted on 20 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

Uganda has fast-tracked testing of Ebola vaccines, as the WHO declared the outbreak in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern”, a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics.

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DR Congo: Measles Kills Thousands in Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted on 20 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

Nearly 2,000 deaths have been recorded from measles so far this year in the Democratic Republic of Congo, exceeding the number from the country’s widely publicized Ebola outbreak, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted yesterday (July 15) in a speech. “Frankly, I am embarrassed to talk only about Ebola,” said Tedros, who goes by his first name, in remarks reported by Ars Technica.

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Peter Piot reaction to Ebola outbreak in DRC being declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern 17 July 2019

Posted on 19 Jul, 2019. Category: Blog

The World Health Organization announced on Wednesday 17 July that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical …more

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The WHO finally declared a public health emergency over Ebola

Posted on 18 Jul, 2019. Category: Blog

NEWS ARTICLE OF THE WEEK  The outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been ongoing since last August.. By Julia Belluz                    VOXmedia                    …more

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Philippines: Declares national alert after 456 die from dengue fever

Posted on 18 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News
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DRCongo: Ebola First case discovered in DRC’s Goma city, home to 2 million people

Posted on 15 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News
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UK:Worry is contagious: vaccine-hesitant parents putting children at risk

Posted on 14 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

    ‘Worry is contagious’: the vaccine-hesitant parents putting children at risk Vaccines and immunisation ‘Worry is contagious’: the vaccine-hesitant parents putting children at risk More than committed anti-vaxxers, parents who are unsure about vaccination are one of the top …more

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Israel: A late-life vaccine and the virus of anti-Semitism

Posted on 13 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Ukraine: Leads Europe’s Measles Outbreak with 55,776 Cases

Posted on 13 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

July 11th, 2019 – Although the European Region achieved its highest-ever estimated coverage for the 2nd dose of measles vaccination in 2017 (~90%), most measles cases are occurring in unvaccinated or under-vaccinated individuals.  And international travelers are visiting countries where the …more

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Israel: Judge orders child’s vaccination despite parents’ refusal

Posted on 13 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

An Israeli court this week ordered the immediate vaccination of a child against tetanus, despite his parents’ objection. The decision could set a precedent as the anti-vaccination movement gains ground around the world and in Israel. The year-and-a-half-old child was badly …more

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Philippines: Dengue patients overflow in Iloilo hospitals

Posted on 11 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

Department of Health (MANILA BULLETIN) Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. admitted the hospitals were running out of rooms for dengue patients. “But not all hospitals have patients overflowing along halls or corridors,” Defensor noted after inspecting the medical facilities.   …more

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Canada: Risks of flu vaccine in pregnancy debunked in major study

Posted on 11 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

The claims of anti-vaccine sceptics that pregnant mothers who have the flu jab increase the risk of their child suffering health complications have been thoroughly debunked in a major new study. Around 104,000 children were followed throughout their first five years by Canadian researchers, including …more

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Africa: Cases of measles rise by 700 percent

Posted on 11 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

Parts of Africa are grappling with an outbreak of measles and the preventable disease is making a comeback because many people here are not being vaccinated. The World Health Organization says cases on the continent have surged by 700 percent …more

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France: One in three citizens thinks vaccines are unsafe. The government is trying to change that

Posted on 8 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

Alex Whiting, Mosaic     In February this year, a holiday in paradise turned into a nightmare for one French family. Soon after their arrival in Costa Rica, their unvaccinated five-year-old son developed measles, the country’s first case since 2014. …more

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Ireland: HPV vaccination rates vary by county from just 40% in Kerry to 74% in parts of Dublin

Posted on 8 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

THE SUBSTANTIAL VARIATION in the uptake of the HPV vaccine rates from county to county requires further investigation, according to a new report.  The Department of Health report documents a broad range of health service issues, including vaccination rates.  The …more

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Pakistan: Our culture is the biggest impediment to polio-eradication

Posted on 7 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Philippines: As a measles epidemic rolls through, blame falls on bungled vaccination programme

Posted on 6 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Pakistan: Husband divorces wife for vaccinating their family against polio

Posted on 5 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

A woman who was divorced by her husband for having their children inoculated against polio has condemned the “anti-vaxx” campaign that is sweeping Pakistan. Dua Rabbani, 26, was at home with her children when a vaccination team arrived in the …more

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France: How France is convincing its citizens to get vaccinated

Posted on 4 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News
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USA: Identifying a fake picture online is harder than you might think

Posted on 2 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Philippines:The pyramiding of Faith, Hope and Trust

Posted on 1 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Ireland: Minister to create vaccine alliance to encourage health jab uptake

Posted on 1 Jul, 2019. Category: Latest News

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to establish a “vaccine alliance” of policy makers, patients advocates and clinicians to tackle public concerns about vaccinations. Mr Harris has sought support from opposition parties for a cross-party motion on vaccination which calls on the Oireachtas to …more

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Australia: Flu season has already claimed 228 lives – and experts say the worst is yet to come

Posted on 29 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News

The flu has killed more than 220 people and infected more than 100,000 across Australia this year, with authorities warning the peak of the flu season is yet to come. At least 228 people have died from flu-related complications around …more

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USA: Vaccine Opposition Isn’t Why Many Thousands Of Kansans Miss Out On Shots

Posted on 29 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News

State health officials think a case in Kansas looks nearly inevitable. And the state’s annual survey of kindergartener vaccination rates suggests some counties do better than others at getting little kids their potentially life-saving shots of MMR vaccine. But while …more

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Ukraine: Nearly 1,000 measles cases in past week

Posted on 28 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News

Ukraine health officials reported an additional 967 measles – 436 adults and 531 children, during the past week. Image/CDC This brings the total cases to 54,065 people – 25,439 adults and 28,626 children, including 18 deaths since the beginning of …more

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UK:Should measles vaccination be made compulsory?

Posted on 28 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News
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India: No Drips, No Drops – A City Of 10 Million Is Running Out Of Water

Posted on 28 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News
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USA: ‘People’s veto’ campaigns target new Maine abortion and vaccination laws

Posted on 26 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News

POLITICS ‘People’s veto’ campaigns target new Maine abortion and vaccination laws The groups behind the campaigns want voters to decide on laws that require insurers to cover abortion and that eliminate broad exemptions for childhood vaccinations. BY KEVIN MILLERSTAFF WRITER   …more

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India: 96% coverage of measles vaccine in Maharashtra

Posted on 26 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News
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UK: How vulnerable are people who don’t get vaccinated?

Posted on 26 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News
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USA: 45% of American adults doubt vaccine safety, according to survey

Posted on 26 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News

une 24, 2019–A recent online survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association, revealed that more than two in five American adults (45%) say something has caused them to …more

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Scotland: Vaccine crisis? Experts warn of deadly measles comeback if vaccine levels keep falling

Posted on 23 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News

Experts say they have seen reports showing syringes stuffed with aluminium foil and children who have allegedly become paralysed after vaccinations on official-looking websites, which promote other anti-vaccination messages. The birth of the modern anti-vaccination movement came in 1998, following …more

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USA: California moves ahead with tighter vaccine law

Posted on 23 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Towards a further understanding of measles vaccine hesitancy in Khartoum state, Sudan: A qualitative study

Posted on 23 Jun, 2019. Category: Literature
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USA: New York City couple who has donated millions to the anti-vax movement

Posted on 21 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Australia: ‘My mum didn’t vaccinate me – this is what happened next’

Posted on 21 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Romania: How anti-vaccine movements threaten global health

Posted on 21 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News
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UK: Fighting vaccine fears in the UK

Posted on 21 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Trust in vaccines: “Vaccines are the most tested type of medicine available”

Posted on 20 Jun, 2019. Category: Video

Emilie Karafillakis, research fellow for the Vaccine Confidence Project, speaks to France 24 about the rising anti-vaccination sentiment that is rising throughout Europe, especially in France where a recent study revealed 1 in 3 citizens believe vaccines are unsafe.

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New Global Monitor in Public Trust in Science, Health and Vaccines

Posted on 19 Jun, 2019. Category: Blog

The Wellcome Trust launched their first Global Monitor surveying over 140,000 individuals in 140 countries regarding their trust in science, scientists , health professionals and vaccines. The Global Monitor adopted the Vaccine Confidence Project’s  Vaccine Confidence Index (TM) to measure …more

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Contemporary vaccination policy in the European Union: tensions and dilemmas

Posted on 16 Jun, 2019. Category: Literature

   

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USA: American Medical Association Wants Minors to Override Parents’ Vaccination Refusal

Posted on 15 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News

he American Medical Association has voted to support state policies that would permit minors to override their parents’ objections to vaccinations. “The prevalence of unvaccinated pediatric patients is troubling to physicians,” AMA board member Dr. S. Bobby Mukkamala said in the release. …more

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USA: Measles cases are on the rise, but some Tampa Bay parents won’t vaccinate their kids

Posted on 15 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News
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How to combat health misinformation online: A research roundup

Posted on 15 Jun, 2019. Category: Blog

Highlights of an article published by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Center for Media and Policy  Full article here  By Chloe Reichel June 13, 2019 Many Americans are turning to the internet with their health questions. And their use of …more

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USA: Amid measles outbreak, New York ends religious exemptions for vaccines

Posted on 15 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News

Amid an ongoing measles outbreak, New York is requiring schoolchildren to be vaccinated, even if parents have religious objections. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday that removes nonmedical exemptions from school vaccination requirements. The law goes into effect immediately, his …more

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USA: I attended an Orthodox anti-vaccine rally. Here is what I saw

Posted on 10 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News

I ATTENDED AN ORTHODOX ANTI-VACCINE RALLY. HERE’S WHAT I SAW. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!” he cried, reciting the Gospels nearly verbatim in referring to advocates of vaccination. BY BEN SALES/JTA            …more

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Australia: Killer virus stretches hospitals to breaking point

Posted on 10 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News

Fifteen people have died and a record 3284 were last month diagnosed with an “unprecedented” killer flu sweeping WA and stretching emergency departments to breaking limit. Influenza season traditionally peaks in August and September but its early and brutal arrival …more

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Philippines: Courts dismiss complaints filed against former Health secretary in connection with Dengvaxia

Posted on 10 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News

Three Metropolitan Trial Courts recently dismissed complaints filed against former Health secretary Janette Garin and other officials in connection with Dengvaxia cases for lack of jurisdiction. Judges Nelvin Asi, Chelsea Segunda Dirige and Marlo Bermejo Campanilla of the Metropolitan Trial Court …more

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India: Delhi reports rabies vaccine shortage

Posted on 10 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News

Delhi reports rabies vaccine shortage by NEWS DESK June 8, 2019   The New Indian Express reports that the Delhi government is reporting an “acute shortage” of rabies vaccines in  government run hospitals. The shortage is due to a drop in vaccine …more

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DR Congo: WHO adapts Ebola vaccination strategy to account for insecurity and community feedback

Posted on 8 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News

WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) today issued new recommendations to address vaccination challenges in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The recommendations include endorsing operational adjustments that make the vaccination process faster and …more

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Ukraine: Three-month-old child dies from measles

Posted on 6 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Costa Rica: Nationwide HPV vaccination campaign begins

Posted on 6 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Australia: ‘Take the shot’: Grieving mother whose 10-year-old boy died of influenza makes an impassioned plea to parents

Posted on 6 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Samoa: Infant deaths in Samoa following administration of MMR vaccine under investigation

Posted on 4 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News

The deaths of two infants on 6 July 2018 in Samoa shortly after receiving their MMR immunisations are under investigation by the Samoan Ministry of Health and Samoan Police.  There have also been media reports of two other deaths of Samoan siblings …more

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Madagascar: How the battle against measles varies around the world

Posted on 4 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Populist politics and vaccine hesitancy in Western Europe: an analysis of national-level data

Posted on 2 Jun, 2019. Category: Literature
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Stronger responders—uptake and decline of HPV-vaccination in Denmark

Posted on 2 Jun, 2019. Category: Literature
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USA: Measles cases top record, putting measles elimination status at risk

Posted on 2 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday that 971 cases of measles have been reported this year, topping the 1994 modern-record level, and it warned that the United States could lose its measles elimination status. Amid …more

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USA: Facebook Pledged Crackdown on Vaccine Misinformation. Then Not Much Happened

Posted on 1 Jun, 2019. Category: Latest News
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ZImbabwe: Over a million girls to to get HPV vaccine this week

Posted on 29 May, 2019. Category: Latest News
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“Take As Directed”: Vaccine Confidence in Crisis

Posted on 29 May, 2019. Category: Video

In this episode of Take as Directed, J. Stephen Morrison speaks with Dr. Heidi Larson on why vaccine confidence is currently in crisis, and how this has fueled outbreaks such as measles and the persistence of polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Russia: The ‘Anti-Vaxxer’ Movement and Disinformation Are Fueling the Spread of Preventable Diseases

Posted on 28 May, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Article pick of the Week: How the anti-vaccine movement crept into the GOP mainstream

Posted on 28 May, 2019. Category: Blog

Published in POLITICO    27 May 2019 By Arthur Allen The anti-vaccine movement, which swelled with discredited theories that blamed vaccines for autism and other ills, has morphed and grown into a libertarian political rebellion that is drawing in state …more

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Growing Epidemic of Vaccine Hesitancy and the Implications for Global Health

Posted on 28 May, 2019. Category: Video

Prof Larson discusses vaccine hesitancy and its implications across global health in this webinar.

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Nigeria:Is FaceBook undermining democracy in Africa?

Posted on 26 May, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Pakistan: To Calm Nervous Families, Pakistan Changes Polio Vaccination Tactics

Posted on 26 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

After serious setbacks in April led to a cluster of new polio cases, Pakistan is revamping its vaccination strategy in a renewed effort to wipe out the virus. The country is one of just three — along with Afghanistan and …more

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USA:State Vaccine Doctor Feeds Oregon Lawmakers Bunk

Posted on 24 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

Among the 8.6 million people who live in New York City, there’s been 359 cases of measles since last September. On March 9, Mayor Bill de Blasio leading the charge, the city mandated the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine in …more

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Philippines: The Philippines Is Fighting One Of The World’s Worst Measles Outbreaks

Posted on 23 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

The measles outbreak got so bad in Manila, Philippines, that San Lazaro Hospital had to set up tents in the parking lot, the courtyard and even the landing at the top of the stairs outside the pediatric ward to house …more

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TOP ARTICLE OF THE WEEK: NYTIMES: Infecting People Isn’t a Religious Right

Posted on 22 May, 2019. Category: Blog

By The Editorial Board   The New York Times    From Original article  The measles outbreak makes it vital for New York lawmakers to end religious exemptions for vaccinati  ons. By The Editorial Board The editorial board represents the opinions of the …more

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Global: How the battle against measles varies around the world

Posted on 22 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

he World Health Organization’s goal was lofty but achievable: eliminate measles from five of the world’s six regions by 2020. But recent outbreaks — even in places where elimination had been achieved — are making that goal a distant dream. …more

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USA: Despite Measles Warnings, Anti-Vaccine Rally Draws Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Posted on 19 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

Despite Measles Warnings, Anti-Vaccine Rally Draws Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews A “vaccine symposium” in Rockland County was denounced by health authorities and some ultra-Orthodox rabbis, who said the speakers were spreading dangerous propaganda.   Hundreds were in attendance at an …more

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Key considerations for successful implementation of maternal immunization programs in low and middle income countries

Posted on 19 May, 2019. Category: Literature
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Nigeria: “I have not seen such high numbers of measles cases”

Posted on 19 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

“I have not seen such high numbers of measles cases” 17 May 2019 Five-year-old Mustapha Osman is receiving fluids intravenously in the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) measles unit inside State Specialist hospital in Maiduguri, in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State. He …more

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UK: BMJ Case Study Shows Just How Dangerous Measles Can Be If You’re Pregnant

Posted on 18 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

You don’t want measles, period. You really don’t want measles when you’re pregnant, when it can cause severe maternal complications and premature birth. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has published a case report of a 27-year-old woman from England, who caught measles when she …more

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Israel: Health advocate pens prayer to encourage vaccination

Posted on 18 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

In early spring, as the worldwide measles outbreak was raging, an Orthodox Israeli woman wrote a prayer to encourage religious parents to vaccinate their children. “I’ve come across a lot of people who do vaccinate, but they often feel conflicted,” …more

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Pakistan:Two new polio cases reported

Posted on 17 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

Pakistan confirmed on Thursday that two new cases of polio had emerged in the country, raising the 2019 total to 17. “Two new polio cases from Karachi and North Waziristan have been confirmed by the National Institution of Health [NIH]” …more

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News of the week: Over 100 000 people sick with measles in 14 months: with measles cases at an alarming level in the European Region

Posted on 17 May, 2019. Category: Blog

Since 1 January 2018, 47 of the 53 countries in the Region have together reported over 100 000 measles cases and over 90 measles-related deaths. WHO has been supporting them over time to improve their immunization coverage and tackle disease …more

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USA: Vaccine opponents tap social media to fight new California exemptions bill

Posted on 14 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

As state legislators consider a bill to crack down on suspect vaccine exemptions for schoolchildren, a vocal minority on social media is fostering opposition, often by spreading misinformation and sharing referrals to doctors who support their cause. Senate Bill 276 …more

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Pakistan: All but eliminated polio. Then things went badly wrong.

Posted on 11 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

Nobody saw it coming. The virus was so close to being wiped out. Millions of young children had been repeatedly inoculated, and in March older ones were added in a final nationwide vaccine push to ensure that Pakistan — one of only …more

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USA: Washington State Limits Exemptions for Children Not Being Vaccinated

Posted on 11 May, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Japan: Why Japan banned MMR vaccine

Posted on 11 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

Japan stopped using the MMR vaccine seven years ago – virtually the only developed nation to turn its back on the jab. Government health chiefs claim a four-year experiment with it has had serious financial and human costs. Of the …more

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USA: Texas lawmaker calls vaccine research ‘sorcery’

Posted on 9 May, 2019. Category: Latest News
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USA: Instagram still doesn’t have vaccine misinformation under control

Posted on 9 May, 2019. Category: Latest News
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Vaccines, “fake news” and the EU elections: will public health be the loser?

Posted on 9 May, 2019. Category: Video

VCP Research Fellow Emilie Karafillakis comments on the anti-vaccination movement, the role of social media and the importance of rebuilding trust. 

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Pakistan: Another polio officer shot dead

Posted on 7 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

Another polio officer shot dead Anwarullah Khan Abdullah Jan, 35, was going home on a motorbike when unidentified assailants shot him dead in the Thani area, some 20 kilometres from Khar, the headquarters of Bajaur tribal district, officials and locals …more

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Vaccine hesitancy: a generation at risk

Posted on 5 May, 2019. Category: Literature
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Pakistan: Demands Facebook remove polio vaccine misinformation

Posted on 4 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

In recent months Pakistani social media has been inundated with fake news reports and videos — garnering thousands of views and shares in the last week alone — claiming numerous children have been killed by the polio vaccine. Thousands of …more

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Story of the week – The FDA Approved a Dengue Fever Vaccine—Here’s What You Need to Know

Posted on 3 May, 2019. Category: Blog

By Maggie O’Neill  The FDA approved a vaccine for dengue virus, which causes dengue fever, it said yesterday in a statement. The vaccine, called Dengvaxia, was previously approved in the European Union and 19 other countries. You don’t need to worry about …more

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USA: Nurse-turned-legislator gets death threat over controversial vaccine bill

Posted on 3 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

Kyle Mullica, a freshman member of Colorado’s House, came into office this past January with a sense of mission. An emergency-room nurse, he had run a campaign based on his experience in the world of medicine, in an era where …more

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Canada: Doctors worry as anti-vaccination messages escalate from social media misinformation to personal threats

Posted on 2 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

Doctors worry as anti-vaccination messages escalate from social media misinformation to personal threats pitchforks are coming out,’ family doctor says Nicole Ireland · CBC News · Posted: May 01, 2019 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: May 1   Signs advertising free measles vaccines …more

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USA: FDA approves the first vaccine for dengue fever, but with major restrictions

Posted on 2 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

  FDA approves the first vaccine for dengue fever, but with major restrictions By HELEN BRANSWELL @HelenBranswell MAY 1, 2019 The FDA has approved Dengvaxia, the first vaccine against dengue fever.HERMAN LUMANOG/PACIFIC PRESS/SIPA VIA AP The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday …more

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Philippines: dengue-vaccine-controversy-in-the-philippines

Posted on 2 May, 2019. Category: Latest News
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UK:Why are some children still not getting the MMR vaccine?

Posted on 2 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

      Play Video Over half a million children in the UK were not immunised against measles between 2010 and 2017 – and now the number of people catching it is rocketing. The head of the NHS in England …more

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Saint Lucia: Scientology cruise ship quarantined over measles outbreak, says coastguard

Posted on 2 May, 2019. Category: Latest News

A cruise ship reportedly owned and operated by the Church of Scientology has been quarantined off the coast of Saint Lucia after a case of measles was diagnosed on board. The Caribbean island’s health authorities barred any passengers or crew …more

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Prof Heidi Larson discusses the Vaccine Confidence Project

Posted on 2 May, 2019. Category: Video

In this video Prof Larson explains what vaccine confidence is, the team’s work, and what needs to be done to restore vaccine confidence around the world.

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Understanding vaccine confidence: insights from social science research

Posted on 1 May, 2019. Category: Video

As part of the LSHTM Vaccine Centre podcast series to celebrate World Immunization Week Prof Heidi Larson recorded an episode with about her work and the VCP.

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Pakistan: Policeman assigned to escort polio workers killed

Posted on 24 Apr, 2019. Category: Latest News

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani police say gunmen have killed a policeman assigned to escort polio workers during a three-day nationwide campaign against the crippling disease. Local police officer Wahid Noor says Tuesday’s attack took place in the northwestern town of …more

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Videos Video archive

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission joined forces to tackle the issue at the first global vaccination summit. Although many of them live in developing countries with poor access to vaccines, scientists are worried that anti-vaccination campaigners in the developed world are spreading misinformation on social media. So what’s the cure for their scepticism?

Emilie Karafillakis, research fellow for the Vaccine Confidence Project, speaks to France 24 about the rising anti-vaccination sentiment that is rising throughout Europe, especially in France where a recent study revealed 1 in 3 citizens believe vaccines are unsafe.

In this episode of Take as Directed, J. Stephen Morrison speaks with Dr. Heidi Larson on why vaccine confidence is currently in crisis, and how this has fueled outbreaks such as measles and the persistence of polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Literature Literature archive

L. Tavoschi, F. Quattrone, E. De Vita, P.L. Lopalco 2019 Vaccine Volume 37(49): 7201-7288
Biswal . 2019 NEJM DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1903869
Piot P, Larson HJ, O'Brian KL, et al 2019 NATURE Vol. 575, pages119–129.
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