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Poland: Ukrainian workers accused of spreading measles

Posted on 14 Dec, 2018. Category: Latest News

In Poland in the Silesian Voivodeship found two outbreaks of measles, local health inspectors are accusing the Ukrainians who come to the country to work. Factory of cosmetics in the city of Pyskowice an illness swept through six warehouse employees …more

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Italy: Scientists protest funding for vaccine-safety investigation

Posted on 14 Dec, 2018. Category: Latest News
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The growing vaccine hesitancy: exploring the influence of the internet

Posted on 13 Dec, 2018. Category: Literature

Background: Vaccination coverage is dropping in several countries, including Slovenia. More and more people hesitate or even reject vaccinations. As the influence of the internet grows, the question becomes how to communicate about vaccination to parents in order to prevent …more

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USA: Searching for a vaccine against mistrust

Posted on 12 Dec, 2018. Category: Latest News

All of the following happened during a three-week stretch in August: A nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston posted a comment on an anti-vaccine Facebook page about the city’s first measles case in five years. She said the young …more

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Israel: The occupation has issued a decision restricting vaccine imports to Palestine

Posted on 12 Dec, 2018. Category: Latest News

Related Articles 1 hour ago RAMALLAH/PNN/ The Israeli occupation authorities issued a decree banning the Palestinian Ministry of Health from importing vaccines, starting from the beginning of the year 2019, said Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Dr. Asaad Ramlawi. …more

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Uganda: Ups anti-Ebola vaccination at border

Posted on 10 Dec, 2018. Category: Latest News

Uganda is carrying out anti-Ebola vaccination targeting 2,000 health and frontline workers in five districts neighboring the Democratic Republic of Congo. They include Kabarole, Bunyangabo, Kasese, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo. Uganda’s Ministry of Health estimates that every week over 20,000 people …more

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Estonia: Decrease in vaccination rate concerning

Posted on 10 Dec, 2018. Category: Latest News
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Vaccination in England: a review of why business as usual is not enough to maintain coverage

Posted on 9 Dec, 2018. Category: Literature

Background: The vaccine system in England underwent radical changes in 2013 following the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act. There have since been multi-year decreases in coverage of many vaccines. Health care professionals have reported finding the new …more

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India: Anxiety attacks common during mass vaccination, say experts

Posted on 9 Dec, 2018. Category: Latest News
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Afghanistan: Polio remains global emergency, eradication at risk

Posted on 9 Dec, 2018. Category: Latest News
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Philippines: Rising measles cases due to public’s eroding confidence in gov’t vaccine program

Posted on 7 Dec, 2018. Category: Latest News

Jennylyn Matimbol endured a day’s trek, a motorcycle and even a horseback ride from the far-flung Sitio of Mahayag in Malapatan, Sarangani just to reach the R.O. Diagan Hospital in General Santos City.  In the last week of November, patients …more

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Finland: Thousands in Finland may have missed measles vaccine

Posted on 7 Dec, 2018. Category: Latest News

People born in the 1970s in Finland may be lacking the measles vaccine to protect them against the illness, which is highly contagious. The information came to light last week following a case of measles contracted by an unvaccinated child …more

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Italy: Vaccine-skeptic government just sacked every expert on the country’s top medical panel

Posted on 6 Dec, 2018. Category: Latest News

Italy’s health minister, whose populist party flirts with anti-vaxx junk science, sacked every member of the country’s top panel of health advisers Monday, saying she wanted to give “space to the new.” Health Minister Giulia Grillo, a member of the …more

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Canada: Quebec’s change to HPV vaccine program divides experts

Posted on 6 Dec, 2018. Category: Latest News

Students in Quebec are the first in Canada to be vaccinated in a program that uses two different vaccines to protect against the human papillomavirus, a change that has divided experts. Under the new program, which started this fall, students …more

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Switzerland: Around the world, reported measles cases jumped 31 percent in 2017

Posted on 3 Dec, 2018. Category: Latest News

Around the world, reported measles cases jumped 31 percent in 2017 Political unrest and refusal to vaccinate is driving the disease’s surge, health experts say BY  AIMEE CUNNINGHAM  12:21PM, NOVEMBER 30, 2018 OUTBREAK MEASURES  Progress toward eliminating measles has been …more

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Philippines: One Year After Dengavaxia: Immunization Drops, Measles Cases Soas

Posted on 2 Dec, 2018. Category: Latest News
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‘Google wants to know your location’: The ethical challenges of fieldwork in the digital age

Posted on 25 Nov, 2018. Category: Literature
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The State of Vaccine Confidence 2018

Posted on 23 Nov, 2018. Category: Blog

The Lancet  COMMENT| VOLUME 392, ISSUE 10161.   On Oct 17, 2018, WHO reported 52958 measles cases in the European region since the beginning of 2018, which is more than double the 23 757 cases reported for Africa in the same …more

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USA: War Breaks Out in New York’s ultra-Orthodox Community Over Measles Outbreak

Posted on 22 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

Unique aspects of Haredi culture have led to an anti-vaxxer movement developing in the community. As senior rabbis issue contradictory rulings, medical experts are using informal gatherings to try to spread the word about the importance of vaccinations  The current measles …more

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Northern Ireland: Just 28% of staff have received ‘flu vaccine

Posted on 22 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

There is a significant lag in the uptake of the flu vaccine among staff at the Western Trust compared with their colleagues in England and Wales, it has emerged. Geraldine McKay, the Western Trust Director of Acute Services, told members …more

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Thailand: Measles has infected 2,280 people and killed 18 in the mainly Muslim border provinces in the South this year.

Posted on 22 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

Measles kills 18 in South as officials try to fight vaccine denial November 22, 2018 01:00 By SOMCHAI SAMART  THE NATION   The largest group affected were young children up to the age of four.  “Measles vaccination is free and …more

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Understanding barriers and predictors of maternal immunization: Identifying gaps through an exploratory literature review

Posted on 22 Nov, 2018. Category: Literature
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Japan: Rubella spreading across Japan, raising concern before Tokyo Games

Posted on 20 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

Rubella infections are spreading across Japan, raising concern that a potentially long-term epidemic could sap travel demand ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. With the total number of rubella patients this year expected to top 2,000 for the …more

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USA: Anti-vaccine community behind North Carolina chickenpox outbreak

Posted on 20 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

A North Carolina school with a large anti-vaccine community is at the heart of the state’s largest chickenpox outbreak in decades, officials say. On Friday 36 students at Asheville Waldorf School were diagnosed with the disease, the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper …more

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Looking beyond the Decade of Vaccines

Posted on 18 Nov, 2018. Category: Blog

A new Lancet editorial on the “Decade of Vaccines”, takes a long term view and recognizes that, ” in the current social and political climate, perhaps it is time to re-evaluate.” In addition to acknowledging advances, it takes a sobering …more

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Philippines: DOH chief appeals to all Filipinos to change mindset on vaccination

Posted on 17 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

MANILA, Nov. 17 — Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, during the 19th Philippine National Immunization Conference, stressed to fellow health workers and participants that vaccination has been proven to be the most successful and cost-effective medical intervention ever introduced, saving …more

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Italy:Populist coalition renounces anti-vaccination stance amid measles ’emergency’

Posted on 16 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

 Nick Squires, rome  15 NOVEMBER 2018 • 5:31PM Italy’s populist coalition has called for nearly a million children and young people to be given vaccinations against measles amid an “emergency” over the rising number of cases. The Five Star Movement and …more

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Nepal: Shortage of tetanus vaccine hits nation

Posted on 15 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

, in some places for the past six months, affecting the general public who are in need of the vaccine, according to the Department of Drug Administration. Raju Shrestha, owner of a Thapathali-based Pharmacy, said the market has been struggling …more

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China: A new law could let Chinese vaccine victims sue

Posted on 15 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

China is planning a new law that would allow people to sue drug makers for punitive damages in cases of death or serious illness caused by faulty vaccines. The draft Vaccine Management Law, posted online for public consultation on Sunday night, …more

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Belgium: No Freedom of Choice in Vaccination, top EU Health Official Insists

Posted on 15 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

There is no freedom of choice when it comes to vaccination because it involves putting other people’s health at risk, a top EU health official has warned, adding that ongoing debate in Italy about inoculations is verging “on the absurd”. …more

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Greece: Vaccine confidence rising, report says

Posted on 13 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

Greece comes second behind Slovenia on the list of European Union countries where citizens have a growing amount of confidence in the safety and efficacy of vaccinations, a recent report by the European Commission has shown. According to the report …more

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France: Measles 56 cases identified in Ile-de-France, the epidemic resumed

Posted on 13 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

    Fifty-six cases of measles were recorded by health authorities in France in October. The epidemic is resuming again, because of a lack of effective vaccination coverage. The Regional Health Agency reminds that the vaccine is now mandatory for children and …more

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BBC investigation on dangers of fake news echo risks to vaccine confidence

Posted on 12 Nov, 2018. Category: Blog

A new BBC investigation into fake news in Africa and India shows the viral power of misinformation on public sentiment  and behaviours. These dynamics are equally dangerous in their power to undermine vaccine confidence and trigger vaccine refusal and the …more

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Thailand: Muslim Concern About Vaccine Fuels Thai Measles Outbreak

Posted on 11 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

BANGKOK — Health authorities in Thailand are racing to contain a measles outbreak in the country’s southern provinces, where 14 deaths and more than 1,500 cases have been reported since September. Officials blame the comeback of the disease on low …more

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Vaccine hesitancy – a potential threat to the achievements of vaccination programmes in Africa

Posted on 11 Nov, 2018. Category: Literature
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Philippines: We are Turning Into a Nation of Anti-Vaxxers After the Dengvaxia Controversy

Posted on 11 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

Only 32% of Filipinos have confidence in vaccines following the recent Dengvaxia controversy—a dramatic drop in confidence rates that may spell disaster when it comes to fighting a pandemic, says a new international study. This alarming drop in public confidence when it …more

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Experience and challenges on influenza and pertussis vaccination in pregnant women

Posted on 11 Nov, 2018. Category: Literature
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Perspectives on the Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccination among Somali Mothers in Stockholm

Posted on 10 Nov, 2018. Category: Literature
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DR Congo: Ebola fight complicated by war and suspicion over vaccine

Posted on 10 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

There is a football pitch with battered-looking goalposts located just across the road from the city hospital in Beni – but nobody will be playing football there for a while. Instead, this scrappy piece of land has been turned into …more

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Israel: Measles outbreaks hit ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Israel and US

Posted on 10 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

Sarah Samson, a mother of four, says she became “very upset” when she learned that a girl in her daughters’ school here had come down with the measles. “The school is haredi,” Samson said, using the Hebrew term for ultra-Orthodox. …more

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Indonesia: ‘Vaccine fatwa’ sends measles immunization rates plummeting

Posted on 9 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

As the bell rang on a recent morning at an elementary school here and pupils filled the classrooms, anxious adults crowded the corridors outside. It was vaccination day, but many parents in this North Sumatra village did not want their …more

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UK: Charedi leaders urge families to get the jab amid measles outbreak

Posted on 9 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

Charedi leaders in Stamford Hill have urged religious Jews to get immunised against measles and for them not to send any of their children to school if one family member has it, after an outbreak in Israel found its way …more

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USA:What a vaccine scientist facing angry anti-vaxxers wishes he had said

Posted on 9 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

A few days after an uncomfortable confrontation, I invariably wish I had explained things differently. The most recent example: I was to be interviewed about my latest book,  Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren’t Your Best Source of Health …more

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Afghanistan: Portrayal of female polio vaccinators in Jalalabad

Posted on 7 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s portrayal of female polio vaccinators in Jalalabad Sponsored by Wellcome Photography Prize Polio Eradication in Afghanistan. Polio vaccinators leave Nangarhar Regional Hospital, which is one of four vaccine distribution staging points in Jalalabad, in mini buses to be …more

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USA: Measles outbreaks on the rise

Posted on 6 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

Right now, there’s an ongoing measles outbreak in Brooklyn, with seven cases cropping up last week, all of them in unvaccinated children (one too young to have been vaccinated). Last year saw Minnesota’s worst measles outbreak in decades, and earlier this year, …more

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Zimbabwe: Cholera – WHO Warns Against Vaccination Complacency

Posted on 5 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

By Idah Mhetu Local authorities must continue to improve sanitation and the availability of clean water to prevent cholera as vaccination is not 100 percent effective, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The latest cholera outbreak to hit Zimbabwe …more

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The growing vaccine hesitancy: exploring the influence of the internet

Posted on 5 Nov, 2018. Category: Literature

  Abstract Background Vaccination coverage is dropping in several countries, including Slovenia. More and more people hesitate or even reject vaccinations. As the influence of the internet grows, the question becomes how to communicate about vaccination to parents in order …more

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India: Superstition Prevents Beneficiaries From Availing Govt Schemes

Posted on 4 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

The development activities in the village of Lynshing under Mawkynrew Block, East Khasi Hills, were crippled after some superstitious locals refused to undertake Government schemes. Speaking to reporters on Friday after the special awareness programme organised by the office of …more

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USA: Number of Measles Cases in Brooklyn Outbreak Rises to 17

Posted on 3 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

Eleven new cases of children with measles have been confirmed in Brooklyn — bringing the total to 17, city health officials announced Friday. The New York City Health Department reports that the recent cases — which involves children from 7 …more

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Israel: Un-Vaccinated Child Dies of Measles in Jerusalem

Posted on 3 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

Tragedy has struck the Chareidi community as an 18-month-old baby R”L was Niftar in Jerusalem on Thursday evening. It is suspected that the infant died due to being exposed to Measles, and was unvaccinated. A ZAKA spokesperson said they were …more

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USA: Anti-Vaccination Groups Align With Outsider Candidate Against Lawmaker Who Wrote California’s Vaccine Law

Posted on 2 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

California’s vaccination debate has cropped up again, this time in a district senate race between Independent party candidate Eric Frame and incumbent Democratic Senator Richard Pan. The two candidates are vying for Pan’s Senate seat in district 6, which encompasses …more

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UK: Health chiefs to set social media time limits for young people

Posted on 1 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

Health secretary Matt Hancock will direct chief medical officer to draw up official guidelines amid growing concern about link to mental illness Toby Helm and Andrew Rawnsley Sat 29 Sep 2018 21.44   Matt Hancock says he is alarmed by reports that unlimited social …more

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UK: ‘Don’t be taken in by anti-vaccine myths on social media’

Posted on 1 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News

People who believe the myths spread by anti-vaccine campaigners “are absolutely wrong”, England’s top doctor has said. Prof Dame Sally Davies said the MMR vaccine was safe and had been given to millions of children worldwide but uptake was currently …more

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Brazil: Venezuela’s crisis has become our own’

Posted on 1 Nov, 2018. Category: Latest News
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Experiences With Medical Exemptions After a Change in Vaccine Exemption Policy in California.

Posted on 30 Oct, 2018. Category: Literature
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Canada: Toronto Sun newspaper pulls column skeptical of vaccines after backlash

Posted on 29 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

TORONTO – A major newspaper has removed an opinion piece that urged readers to consider “both sides of the vaccine debate” from its website after the column was the subject of widespread online backlash. Adrienne Batra, editor in chief of …more

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USA: Anti-vaccine billboards appear in several states

Posted on 29 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Anti-vaccine billboards claiming that routine childhood shots are deadly have popped up in several West Virginia cities. They warn that the son of former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Nick Catone died from a vaccine, though the …more

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Thailand: Parents Urged to Get Children Vaccinated for Measles

Posted on 28 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

Parents in southern Yala have been urged to take their children to hospital to receive a measles vaccination. Residents of Yala’s Sateng Nok sub-district have been attending a local hospital with their children following an awareness campaign by the local …more

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Pakistan: Action sought against refusal to measles vaccine

Posted on 28 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

The district administration has asked the Health Department to pinpoint parents refusing to get measles vaccine administered to children as the government would initiate a legal action against them. “I want zero refusal cases and we would take action against …more

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USA: Lowest Flu Vaccination Rate In Years May Have Contributed To Deaths

Posted on 26 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

ontributed to last year’s deadly flu season, but that there were also a lot of other factors involved. The CDC says a lower rate of vaccination may have contributed to last winter’s flu season — the deadliest season since the …more

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Israel: Measles Outbreak Accelerates

Posted on 26 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

October 25th, 2018 – The number of Israelis with confirmed measles cases has now reached 882, said the Israeli Health Ministry on October 23, 2018. And, according to reporting by Ido Efrati, Haaretz Correspondent, 60 percent of these cases (529) live in the …more

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NEW REPORT: The State of Vaccine Confidence in the EU: 2018

Posted on 26 Oct, 2018. Category: Blog

High confidence in vaccination programmes is crucial for maintaining high coverage rates, especially at levels that exceed those required for herd immunity. Across the European Union (EU), however, vaccine delays and refusals are contributing to declining immunisation rates in a …more

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Addressing vaccine hesitancy requires an ethically consistent health strategy

Posted on 26 Oct, 2018. Category: Literature
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UK: Young people are the most sceptical of vaccinations and many don’t trust the flu jab

Posted on 25 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

Young people are more sceptical of vaccinations than older generations, with faith in the flu jab particularly low, a European Commission report has found.  Misguided perceptions that diseases, such as flu, are not a serious threat, compounded by the rapid spread of …more

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USA: Ultra-Orthodox Anti-Vaxxers Push Yeshivas To Admit Unvaccinated Students

Posted on 22 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

ews have been associated with the medical profession for more than 1,000 years. The “physician’s prayer,” which decorates the walls of countless doctors of all faiths, is popularly believed to have been written by Maimonides, a 12th-century rabbi. Five hundred …more

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Angola: Microcephaly cases point to African Zika outbreak

Posted on 21 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

Women and their children outside the Center for Neurosurgery and Treatment for Hydrocephaly in Luanda, Angola.Stephen Eisenhammer / Reuters   LUANDA, Angola — Emiliano Cula starts to cry as his tiny fingers, curled into a tight fist, are stretched by …more

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Italy: Measles outbreak raging in Europe could be brought to U.S., doctors warn

Posted on 21 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

A raging measles outbreak in Europe may be a warning sign of what could occur in the U.S. if something doesn’t change soon, experts say. So far this year, there have been 41,000 cases in Europe and 40 deaths, according to the …more

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USA: Colorado parents are holding ‘chickenpox parties’ to deliberately infect their children with the virus

Posted on 20 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

Most parents go out of their way to prevent their children from contracting chickenpox. But a group in Boulder, Colorado, is doing the exact opposite – arranging ‘chickenpox parties’ to deliberately infect their children. It is a technique that was …more

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USA: NYC Measles Cases Related to Israel Outbreak

Posted on 20 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News
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UK: MPs ‘shocked’ by low flu vaccine rates among social care staff

Posted on 20 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News
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Thailand: ‘Vaccine denial’ behind measles deaths in South

Posted on 18 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

Local Islamic teachers preaching vaccination ‘forbidden’ for Muslims. THE “vaccine denial” common in some Muslim communities has contributed to the deaths of at least six patients, including children, during a measles outbreak in the far South. Though vaccines are proven …more

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Vaccine confidence plummets in the Philippines following dengue vaccine scare: why it matters to pandemic preparedness

Posted on 18 Oct, 2018. Category: Literature
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The biggest pandemic risk? Viral misinformation

Posted on 18 Oct, 2018. Category: Blog

published in Nature 562, 309 (2018) A century after the world’s worst flu epidemic, rapid spread of misinformation is undermining trust in vaccines crucial to public health. A hundred years ago this month, the death rate from the 1918 influenza was at …more

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DRC: Ebola is about human beings and trust.

Posted on 17 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

Dr Hilde De Clerck is one of MSF’s most experienced Ebola doctors and has been managing outbreaks of Ebola and similar viruses for more than 10 years. Hilde has just returned from North Kivu, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo …more

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Georgia: Measles – an outbreak of ignorance?

Posted on 16 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

Georgia ranks third among the top seven European countries where the number of cases of measles has increased the most, show data from the World Health Organization. Since the beginning of this year 1,400 cases have been reported, two of …more

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Filipino Vaccine Confidence Fades Following DengVaxia Scare

Posted on 16 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

October 14th, 2018 – During November 2017, it was announced that the new dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, had risks for those not previously exposed to the dengue virus.  This is because the dengue virus has 4 strains, and infection with 1 strain does …more

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Social capital, trust in health information, and acceptance of Measles–Rubella vaccination campaign in Tamil Nadu

Posted on 16 Oct, 2018. Category: Literature
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Israel: Measles Outbreak in Jerusalem Worries Health Officials – 340 Cases in 2018

Posted on 15 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

Israeli health officials are worried about a measles outbreak in Jerusalem. The city has the highest number of diagnosed new cases of the highly contagious disease in Israel, and some figures in the field of public health say they’re not …more

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Vaccination Programs: Economic and Leadership Considerations

Posted on 14 Oct, 2018. Category: Literature
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USA: Do mobile messages about HPV work?

Posted on 14 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

Most college students regularly use a smartphone, and these days there’s a mobile app for just about anything. That’s why health promoters, health communicators and health care providers have been exploring the possibilities of mHealth technologies to educate consumers about …more

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USA: Rates of unvaccinated, exempted children on rise

Posted on 13 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

    Flu vaccine just 36% effective this season, CDC reports (CNN) – Children with autism spectrum disorder are significantly less likely to be fully vaccinated than children unaffected by autism, new research finds. And the same is true of …more

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Papua New Guinea: East Sepik reports another polio total 15

Posted on 12 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

THE deadly polio virus continues to spread – this time affecting a one-year-old girl in East Sepik Province. This brings to 15 the number of cases in Papua New Guinea since June and a national public health emergency declaration. Five …more

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Dramatic drop in public confidence after Philippines dengue vaccine controversy

Posted on 12 Oct, 2018. Category: Blog

  The Philippines’ highly politicised response to newly-reported risks of a dengue vaccine led to a dramatic drop in public trust in vaccines overall, in  new research published in Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics. Led by the Vaccine Confidence Project at …more

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Brazil: MEASLES – AN UNWELCOME RETURN

Posted on 10 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

‘Guest post: the Americas were certified ‘measles free’ by the WHO in 2016 but this status is under threat, writes Isabella Ballalai, President of the Brazilian Society for Immunization ’ Before the 1990s, measles was a major cause of infant …more

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Poland: Lawmakers Approve More Talks on Banning Compulsory Vaccinations

Posted on 7 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

Lawmakers from Poland’s conservative ruling party have approved further parliamentary discussion over a controversial plan to abolish compulsory vaccinations for children, including those against serious diseases such as polio, measles, tuberculosis, rubella and whooping cough. A civic group that proposed …more

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DR Congo: Five New Ebola Cases Confirmed in Eastern Congo

Posted on 7 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

The Congolese health ministry on Saturday reported a further five confirmed cases of Ebola in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, blaming the higher-than-normal daily increase on community resistance to disease response efforts. The current epidemic in Congo’s …more

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Israel: Suffers growing measles outbreak

Posted on 5 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

(MENAFN) Israel was unveiled to be suffering from growing cases of measles ever since this year started, compared to a year ago. The Israeli Ministry of Health showed in its data the country to have witnessed the number of measles …more

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USA: Anti-vaccine billboard in Syracuse featuring former fighter’s dead son sparks criticism

Posted on 5 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

An anti-vaccine billboard recently put up on Interstate 690 in Solvay. (James T. Mulder)   By James T. Mulder jmulder@syracuse.com syracuse.com SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A new billboard on Interstate 690 showing a photo of a former professional fighter’s dead son and a …more

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Australia: Outdoor anti-vaccination ad in Brisbane

Posted on 5 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

PN Outdoor has run an advertisement for the Australian Vaccination-risks Network in Brisbane. The billboard ad features a young child standing next to the words “vaccinated or unvaccinated, who is healthier?” with the Australian Vaccination-risks Network website directly below. The APN …more

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The Anti-vaccination Movement: A Regression in Modern Medicine

Posted on 5 Oct, 2018. Category: Literature
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Afghanistan: Taliban Interfering in Polio Vaccination Efforts

Posted on 4 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

  Afghan health officials say militants are interfering in their effort to protect children in western Afghanistan against polio virus. Abdul Jabar Shayeq is head of the health department in Farah province. He told VOA that the Taliban is blocking efforts …more

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New Zealand: Anti-vax billboard near hospital removed after complaints

Posted on 2 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

The large billboard on Auckland’s motorway sporting an anti-vaccination message is being removed. The sign, which went up yesterday, was located by the Southern Motorway near the Princes St off-ramp near Middlemore Hospital. The sign showed a man holding a …more

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India: Contamination of polio vaccines – Health Ministry asks teams in UP to track children given vaccine

Posted on 2 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

New Delhi, Sep 30  After traces of Polio Virus Type 2 were found in some batches of oral polio vaccine manufactured by a Ghaziabad-based pharmaceutical company, the Health Ministry has asked the polio surveillance team in UP to trace and track all children who were …more

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Philippines:Parents still scared of govt’s free vaccines a year after Dengvaxia scare

Posted on 2 Oct, 2018. Category: Latest News

VACCINE’S IMPORTANCE. A health officer administers a measles shot on a young girl. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler VACCINE’S IMPORTANCE. A health officer administers a measles shot on a young girl. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler ILOCOS SUR, Philippines – …more

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Pakistan: Authorities groping in the dark as polio team attacked

Posted on 30 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

An attack on a polio vaccination team in the Ghizer District of Gilgit-Baltistan has set an alarming bell ringing as the Gilgit-Baltistan is reeling from the extremist attacks on schools and a police check-post in Diamer District and Gilgit last …more

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Risk factors for persisting measles susceptibility: a case-control study among unvaccinated orthodox Protestants

Posted on 30 Sep, 2018. Category: Literature

AC de Munter, ATostmann SJM Hahné, et al.  

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Russia: A Vaccination Problem

Posted on 29 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

As the new school year has begun in Italy, parents no longer have to prove their children have been immunised – highlighting a clash of priorities, stoked by the new populist government. In 2014, the Global Health Security Agenda had …more

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Italy: How the anti-vaxxers are winning in Italy

Posted on 29 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

As the new school year has begun in Italy, parents no longer have to prove their children have been immunised – highlighting a clash of priorities, stoked by the new populist government.  In 2014, the Global Health Security Agenda had tapped Italy to …more

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Taiwan: Influenza mass vaccination program spotlighted in US health journal

Posted on 29 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

Taiwan’s annual influenza mass vaccination program received praise for its scope, effectiveness and capacity for strengthening pandemic preparedness in an article published recently by the American Journal of Public Health.   The report was compiled by researchers from Baltimore-based John …more

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USA: Parents still demanding answers after SRSD suspends vaccination program

Posted on 29 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

The Santa Rosa School District has suspended its student flu vaccination program after some parents say their children were given shots without their consent. Several of these parents attended Thursday night’s school board meeting to voice their concerns. “My rights …more

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Canada:Vignettes from a pre-immunization Canada as childhood vaccination rates plummet

Posted on 28 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

Up to 750,000 young Canadians now have no immunity whatsoever against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus and measles Canada has one of the lowest child vaccination rates in the developed world. With about one tenth of Canadian children now going unvaccinated, …more

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USA: 80,000 Americans died of influenza last winter Estimate represents disease’s highest toll in at least 40 years

Posted on 28 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

 An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter — the disease’s highest death toll in at least four decades. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, revealed the total in …more

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UK:Not enough known about the influence of practice nurses on uptake of MMR vaccine, City research finds

Posted on 28 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

Researchers have found that strong evidence is needed to demonstrate the influence of practice nurses on the uptake of the MMR vaccine, considering their well-documented role in the national immunisation programme. This comes at a time when the uptake of …more

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Pakistan: Security man martyred in attack on anti-polio team

Posted on 25 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

Unknown attackers attacked polio vaccination team on Monday in district Mohmand, village Badanoo, Bajaur, which resulted in the martyrdom of one security official. It has been reported that the martyred security personnel was officer in the local levies force, named …more

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Italy: Extends time for vaccine proof for young school kids

Posted on 24 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

Italian parents have more time before having to produce proof to schools that their children have received 10 mandatory vaccinations. The Italian Senate has extended until March a requirement that families provide vaccination documentation so their children can attend nursery …more

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Japan: Rubella infection cases in Japan quintuple from previous year

Posted on 21 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

The number of rubella patients reported this year in Japan has jumped more than fivefold to 496 from 93 in the previous year, with many cases reported in the greater Tokyo area, a national institute warned Wednesday. The patients included …more

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Indonesia: Aceh governor finally allows measles-rubella vaccine program to resume after haram scare

Posted on 21 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

The government’s much-delayed measles-rubella (MR) vaccine drive now has the full backing of provincial administrations throughout the country — the last hold out being the ultra-conservative province of Aceh — though it remains to be seen if the backing of …more

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Belgium: Swansong of EU’s Xavier Prats Monné, optimist in nervous times

Posted on 20 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

One of Europe’s most powerful voices in healthcare, Xavier Prats Monné, wants to know why many people believe the world is getting worse rather than better. This bleak assessment, he says, is not only wrong – it’s damaging. “I receive …more

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UK:Coverage declines in 9/12 of routine child vaccinations

Posted on 20 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

Figures published today show that coverage declined for nine of the 12 routine vaccinations measured at age 12 months, 24 months or five years in 2017-18 in England compared to the previous year. It increased in one vaccine and remained …more

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Fight the infectious disease in the air — ‘fake news’

Posted on 20 Sep, 2018. Category: Blog

Thanks to Naveen Thacker for this timely commentary: I have been a paediatrician for over three decades and have had parents come to me with many questions about their children’s health. But over the last year I have seen a …more

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UK: MMR vaccine hits lowest coverage since 2011 as cases continue to increase

Posted on 19 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

  MMR vaccine hits lowest coverage since 2011 as cases continue to increase 18 September 2018 By Elisabeth Mahase     The number of children who have had their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine has dropped to its lowest level since …more

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Acceptability of the dengue vaccination among parents in urban poor communities of Quezon City, Philippines before and after vaccine suspension

Posted on 16 Sep, 2018. Category: Literature
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China: Drug regulator clears 45 vaccine makers in sweeping, scandal-triggered inspections

Posted on 16 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

When Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences’ manufacturing malpractice sparked a nationwide outcry over vaccine safety in July, the Chinese drug authority dispatched teams to inspect all other vaccine companies. Now, the results are in. China’s recently rebranded National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) said (Chinese) on …more

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France: A Shockingly High Number Of Europeans Think Vaccines Are Unsafe

Posted on 15 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News
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Australia: No Jab, No Play -Health researchers register rise in vaccinations following welfare payment cuts

Posted on 14 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

Vaccination rates appear to have increased following the Federal Government’s decision to reduce welfare payments for unvaccinated children. For a month now, families who refuse or delay vaccinations have had their Family Tax Benefit Part A payments reduced by $28 …more

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Austerity, measles and mandatory vaccination: cross-regional analysis of vaccination in Italy 2000–14

Posted on 14 Sep, 2018. Category: Literature
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Italy: Public health cuts ‘strongly linked’ to the resurgence of measles, according to study

Posted on 13 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

Recent trends show that primary reason for the measles outbreak, affecting several European countries, is the decline in vaccination coverage, for which mainly the ‘spread of anti-scientific theories’ can be blamed. However, it turns out it is not the only …more

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Italy: Children missing school due to confusion over vaccine policy

Posted on 12 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News
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Japan: Rubella infection spikes in Japan, with many cases in Tokyo area

Posted on 11 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

The number of rubella patients reported in the nation this year stands at 362, nearly four times the number seen the previous year, with many of the cases located in Tokyo and its vicinity, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases …more

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Italy:Why Is Italy’s Government Trying to Overturn a Lifesaving Vaccination Law? Here’s What to Know

Posted on 8 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News
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What is causing high polio vaccine dropout among Pakistani children?

Posted on 2 Sep, 2018. Category: Literature

Highlights •In almost three decades, there is about 58 percentage point reduction in polio dropout across Pakistan. •Rural Pakistani child is highly likely to be dropout of polio vaccination relative to his/her urban counterparts. •Significant likelihood of increase in never-vaccinated …more

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Concerning trends in spread of vaccine derived polioviruses

Posted on 2 Sep, 2018. Category: Blog

Below are extracts from the eighteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) convened on 15 August 2018 by the Director General  at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited Member States :   Vaccine …more

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China Has Withheld Samples of a Dangerous Flu Virus

Posted on 2 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

For over a year, the Chinese government has withheld lab samples of a rapidly evolving influenza virus from the United States — specimens needed to develop vaccines and treatments, according to federal health officials. Despite persistent requests from government officials …more

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Turkey: Turkish vaccine to allay health risk fears

Posted on 1 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

s the number of anti-vaccine families that refuse to have their children vaccinated grows, the government seeks to alleviate concerns over vaccines. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told Anadolu Agency (AA) that he believed locally-made vaccines that they plan to develop …more

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USA: Twitter Is Weaponized Once Again, This Time It’s About Vaccination

Posted on 1 Sep, 2018. Category: Latest News

 By Chuck Dinerstein — August 23, 2018 Rasputin was an early adopter As it turns out, the Russians have meddled in more than simply elections. If their goal is to spread dissent and discord than there can be no more …more

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USA: A conservative Facebook would probably fail — but Facebook should worry about it anyway

Posted on 31 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

  In the days after the 2016 election, Gizmodo published a much-discussed story that predicted our current moment. The story, written by Michael F. Nuñez, alleged that Facebook had built a tool to reduce the spread of fake news — and then abandoned the …more

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Brazil: More than 1,550 measles cases confirmed

Posted on 31 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

 Brazil’s Health Ministry says more than 1,550 people have contracted measles as the country struggles to meet vaccination targets to stem the outbreak linked to neighboring Venezuela. The ministry said Thursday that seven people have died. The cases are concentrated …more

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Ireland: Measles cases rise to 17 due in north Dublin to low levels of vaccination

Posted on 31 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

Four new cases of measles have been diagnosed in the north Dublin region as the virus spread due to low vaccination levels in the capital. The number of cases has risen to 17, up from 13 last week. The HSE …more

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Phillippines: Dengue victim in PAO complaint didn’t get Dengvaxia

Posted on 28 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

One of the public school children who died of dengue even after reportedly being given Dengvaxia didn’t get the anti-dengue vaccine shots as alleged by the Public Attorney’s Office, a document from the Department of Health has indicated. According to …more

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DRCongo: Experts call for reversing the decision to deny the Ebola vaccine to pregnant women

Posted on 27 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

T he exclusion of pregnant and lactating women from an effort to vaccinate people exposed to the Ebola virus in the current outbreak is wrong, indefensible, and should be reversed, three public health experts wrote Monday in an opinion article …more

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USA: A year after severe outbreak, more Somali-American kids are vaccinated against measles

Posted on 26 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

This Saturday will mark a year since Minnesota experienced its most severe measles outbreak in recent history, and public health officials are still trying to get the word out about measles vaccinations. Last year, the state had 75 cases of …more

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Indonesia: Race is on to create “halal” measles vaccine

Posted on 24 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

n Indonesian pharmaceuticals company has said it is racing to produce a “halal” form of the measles-rubella vaccine amid concerns that conservative Muslim parents might deny their children’s inoculation on the grounds that it contains traces of pork. The state-owned Bio …more

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USA: Russian trolls and bots spread anti-vaccine lies on Twitter in run-up to US 2016 election

Posted on 24 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

ussian trolls and social media bots use tactics similar to those employed during the 2016 presidential election to spread misinformation about vaccines, research has revealed. An examination of over 1,793,690 tweets posted between July 2014 and September 2017 revealed that a …more

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Indonesia: Top Islamic body issues fatwa against measles vaccine, calling it ‘religiously forbidden’

Posted on 22 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

ndonesia’s peak Islamic body has issued a religious decree — or fatwa — declaring the Rubella-Measles vaccine to be “haram” or religiously forbidden. Key points: The Islamic body is led by Joko Widodo’s new controversial vice presidential running mate The …more

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UK: Low MMR uptake blamed for surge in measles cases across Europe

Posted on 21 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

More than 41,000 cases of measles reported in the EU in six months to June – almost double the number over the whole of 2017 Sarah Boseley Health editor Mon 20 Aug 2018 17.09 Last modified on Tue 21 Aug 2018 01.05 BST     …more

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Ukraine: Measles Epidemic Exceeds 28,000 Cases

Posted on 21 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

August 19th, 2018 – The measles epidemic continues to spread in Ukraine, with new cases being reported in all regions and Kyiv. Ukraine has now reported more measles cases than all of the European Union (EU) and the Americas combined during 2018.  According …more

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Brazil: Imported measles situation grows

Posted on 21 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

In a follow-up on the imported measles situation in Brazil, the Ministry of Health reported this week that the 910 cases of measles have been confirmed in Amazonas, 5,630 remain under investigation. Measles rash Image/CDC In addition, the state of Roraima …more

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China: More than 40 officials held accountable for vaccine scandal

Posted on 21 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

By Liu Xin Source:Global Times Published: 2018/8/19 22:08:40   0     Scale of punishment shows govt’s resolve More than 40 officials including seven provincial- or ministerial-level officials were deemed accountable for the substandard vaccine scandal this weekend as Chinese …more

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To talk better about vaccines, we should talk less about vaccines

Posted on 19 Aug, 2018. Category: Literature

The Internet and social networks are a fertile ground for the decrease in vaccine confidence. This has caused an increase in vaccine hesitancy and has jeopardized vaccinationprograms in some contexts [1]. A wide variety of communication strategies have been studied and implemented …more

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Building an evidence base for stakeholder engagement

Posted on 19 Aug, 2018. Category: Literature
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DR Congo: War and Ebola – A double nightmare

Posted on 18 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, Aug 16 – First came the war, which developed into a brutal, bloody tussle between militias who abused civilians or killed them. Now Ebola, a name almost as dreaded as death itself, has come. …more

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Norway: Substantial decline in HPV among vaccinated, unvaccinated girls

Posted on 18 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

The introduction of an HPV vaccination program in Norway resulted in a significant decrease in vaccine and nonvaccine genotypes in both vaccinated and unvaccinated adolescent girls, according to findings published in The Journal of Pediatrics. “In Norway, the HPV vaccine has …more

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USA: Alex Jones’ Top 10 Health Claims And Why They Are Wrong

Posted on 18 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

Now that Alex Jones has been booted off major social media platforms, are you wondering where you are going to get your health and science news ? Well, if he and his Infowars.com website have been your main sources, then …more

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Serbia: 5,700 measles cases in 10 months

Posted on 18 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

Since October 2017, the Republic of Serbia has reported  a total of 5715 cases of measles through Aug 10, of which, 2875 were laboratory confirmed at the Torlak Institute. Measles rash Image/CDC In addition, the total number of registered deaths due to complications …more

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Uganda: Vaccine objection, where is Uganda headed?

Posted on 17 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

KAMPALA – The Ministry of Health will late this month roll out the Hepatitis B vaccination in 14 districts in the central and eastern regions. The State Minister of Health for general duties Ms Sarah Opendi said the vaccine is free …more

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DRCongo: Insecurity fears weaken WHO Ebola efforts, as new cases confirmed

Posted on 17 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

The World Health Organisation is calling for secure access to populations affected by Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, amid threats of rebel violence. Officials who visited the region over the weekend were exposed to the complexities of how …more

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Philippines: House panels clear Noy on Dengvaxia

Posted on 15 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star) – August 15, 2018 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Two committees of the House of Representatives are clearing former president Benigno Aquino III on the dengue vaccination program in 2016 and the use of the controversial …more

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China: How Beijing’s strict compensation system fails the families of vaccine injury victims

Posted on 14 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

Frustrating disputes highlight China’s inability to help families cover the costs of caring for children with immunisation-related ailments   12 Aug 2018 When Wang Jinfeng looks at her son, rendered silent and handicapped by epileptic seizures, her anguish is palpable. …more

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Italy: Child Vaccination Mandate Still Under The Confusion Reigns in Italy

Posted on 13 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

Monday August 13, 2018 According to a 2010 survey of 27 EU states, plus Norway and Iceland, 15 countries do not have any mandatory vaccinations; the other 14 have at least one By NewsGram Desk – August 12, 20180 //7 …more

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China: The mysterious rise and fall of China’s scandal-hit ‘vaccine queen’

Posted on 13 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

Changsheng Bio-tech chairwoman Gao Junfang is behind bars. But just how did a girl from rural China become a super-rich businesswoman, and what role did her former boss play in her stellar rise?  PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 August, 2018, 9:00pm …more

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Nepal: Victims of vaccination to be given compensation

Posted on 13 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

The Immunisation Rule, 2015, which recently came into effect, has stipulated a provision of compensation or medical treatment to the victim if vaccination causes adverse impacts on the person’s health or results in maiming or death.   According to Rule …more

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DRC: War zone complicates roll-out of Ebola vaccine in latest outbreak

Posted on 12 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

Aid workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo began giving an experimental Ebola vaccine to health workers on 8 August — one week after the World Health Organization declared an outbreak of the virus. First responders and public-health staff …more

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Italy: Flexible vaccine obligation plan

Posted on 12 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

Health Minister Giulia Grillo said Thursday that the government coalition has presented a bill to make the obligation for children to be vaccinated to have access to State schools flexible. “Yesterday we presented a bill of the ruling coalition in …more

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USA: Why Facebook banned Alex Jones — and Twitter didn’t

Posted on 11 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

On one hand, we spent maybe too much time this week on the question of whether one person should lose access to his social media accounts. On the other hand, it’s a question that illuminates some of the central tensions …more

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China releases results of probe into defective DPT vaccine investigation

Posted on 11 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

Chinese authorities on Friday released the findings of a probe into a previous investigation of substandard DPT vaccines produced by Wuhan Institute of Biological Products Co. Ltd. The inspection team, formed by members of departments including the State Drug Administration …more

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Italy: Why Is Italy’s Government Trying to Overturn a Lifesaving Vaccination Law?

Posted on 9 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

By CIARA NUGENT and JAMIE DUCHARME  August 8, 2018 Italy’s parliament shocked the scientific community on Tuesday by voting to lift a legal requirement that parents vaccinate their children before sending them to pre-school. The move, driven by Italy’s new populist coalition government, …more

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Canada:Expert Worries Italy’s Vaccine Flip-Flop Could Sway Parents In Canada

Posted on 9 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

Expert Worries Italy’s Vaccine Flip-Flop Could Sway Parents In Canada           Italy is recognized around the world for its cuisine, wine, architecture, culture, and stunning landscapes. But, more recently and far less appealingly, it’s also been …more

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Australia: Polio warning to ‘complacent’ Aussies amid foreign outbreak

Posted on 7 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

A pensioner left disabled after being infected with the potentially deadly polio virus as a child has urged Aussies to get vaccinated following a recent outbreak of the disease in Papua New Guinea. Polio is a distant memory for many …more

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Factors influencing vaccine acceptance and hesitancy in three informal settlements in Lusaka, Zambia

Posted on 7 Aug, 2018. Category: Literature
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USA: Anti-Vaccine Activists Have Taken Vaccine Science Hostage

Posted on 5 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News
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Kenya: Parents resist vaccine due to religious beliefs

Posted on 4 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

By STEPHEN ODUOR More by this Author More than 2000 children in Tana River County missed the first phase of the polio vaccination exercise conducted in early July. Speaking at the Hola Level Four hospital, health promotion officer, Mr Josephat …more

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Indonesia: It’s ‘just’ the flu? Let’s take better precautions

Posted on 3 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

Unlike other illnesses, influenza seldom causes a fuss. Even when the flu becomes severe, Indonesians often don’t seek medical attention until it gets worse. Therefore, aspiring pilgrims leaving for the haj this year — and everyone else — should realize …more

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UK: Denialism – what drives people to reject the truth

Posted on 3 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

Denialism – what drives people to reject the truth

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South Africa: What is the deal with ‘swine flu’ in Pretoria?

Posted on 2 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

A Moot woman has been the latest casualty in the H1N1 virus outbreak, reports have claimed. It was reported that the woman was admitted to hospital complaining of flu-like symptoms later diagnosed as swine-flu. She later died due to severe …more

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China: Rare two-day protest over vaccine scandal reveals public anger

Posted on 2 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

A group of angry Chinese parents and activists have gathered twice in two days outside government buildings in Beijing to protest a recent scandal over defective vaccines, a rare display of public dissatisfaction in the tightly-policed Chinese capital. The government announced …more

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India recalls vaccines made by tainted China firm

Posted on 1 Aug, 2018. Category: Latest News

NEW DELHI (AFP) – India has ordered an immediate recall of rabies vaccines made by a scandal-hit Chinese company, India’s drug regulator said Wednesday, complaining it only found out about possible problems through media reports. S. Eswara Reddy, the drug …more

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USA: Vaccine-refusing community drove outbreak that cost $395K, sickened babies

Posted on 31 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

A 2013 measles outbreak rooted in a vaccine-refusing community in Brooklyn, New York cost the city’s health department an estimated $394,448, requiring 87 employees to collectively spend more than 10,000 hours on outbreak response and control, according to an analysis published …more

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Thailand: Vaccine crisis looms

Posted on 30 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

Those who live in Chiang Mai might find it a little strange that, during the past few days, Chinese tourists in large numbers have gathered at the city’s various hospitals — waiting for themselves and their children to be vaccinated …more

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UK: Vaccine uptake ‘scandalous’

Posted on 30 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

Fewer than half of pregnant women are choosing to get the whooping cough vaccine, despite the HSE recommending it for them between 16 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. Five infants have died from pertussis, or whooping cough, in Ireland since …more

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China: The Deleted WeChat Post That Fueled China’s Vaccine Scandal

Posted on 29 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

A vaccine scandal in China began building slowly and then suddenly, this weekend, it was everywhere at once. The story began back in November, when a large vaccine manufacturer called Changsheng Biotechnology Co. was forced to recall 252,600 ineffective dosesof vaccines …more

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Breaking down Barriers, Building Bridges

Posted on 28 Jul, 2018. Category: Blog

The theme of this year’s AIDS2018—International AIDS Conference, was on the theme of “Breaking down Barriers, Building Bridges.”  The opening plenary session included a presentation by AIDS physician, Dr. David Malebranche. As I listened to his presentation, there were moments …more

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USA: How one climate scientist combats threats and misinformation from chemtrail conspiracists

Posted on 26 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

Harvard geoengineering researcher David Keith explains when to feed the trolls and when not to. by James Temple  July 26, 2018   Last spring, Harvard climate scientist David Keith announced that he and a colleague intended to proceed with small-scale geoengineering …more

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USA: Facebook Won’t Stop Dangerous Anti-Vaccine Hoaxes From Spreading

Posted on 26 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

Facebook puts anti-vaccine groups at the top of many vaccine-related searches on the platform, another failure of the world’s largest social media network to curb the spread of misinformation on its platform. As Facebook grapples with how to handle hoaxes …more

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China: As vaccine scandal unfolds, anxious parents turn to Hong Kong to get children vaccinated

Posted on 26 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

The 33-year-old was worried there would be a huge rush of mainlander Chinese parents taking their children to Hong Kong to get vaccinated, and that it could push up the price – or worse, lead to a vaccine shortage. By …more

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China: Fresh scandal erupts over vaccine safety

Posted on 23 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

BEIJING (Reuters) – A scandal over faulty vaccines in China has sparked anger on social media, underscoring the difficulties regulators face in rebuilding trust after years of food and drug safety scares. The incident is a major blow for Beijing’s …more

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UK: How disgraced anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield was embraced by Trump’s America

Posted on 22 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

Twenty years after his discredited paper linked autism to the MMR jab, the doctor – who was struck off the medical register in the UK – has become a leading light in the US and frighteningly influential worldwide   Sarah …more

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India: Girls fall unconscious after MR vaccination in Wadhwan

Posted on 21 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

However, only those girls whose physical condition was weak suffered. Had there been anything wrong with the vaccine, all the girls would have met with the similar fate.” Apart from the five girls, 20 other girls also suffered nausea after …more

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USA: Lack of Vaccination in High-Exempt Areas Linked to Medical Distrust

Posted on 21 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

Exemptors were significantly less likely to agree that many vaccine-preventable illnesses are severe. In areas where vaccine exemptions are high, exempting parent respondents to a survey were very likely to have views that vaccine-preventable diseases are not severe and that …more

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Phlippines: WHO updates recommendations for dengue vaccine

Posted on 21 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

Due to the possible increased risk of severe symptoms in some cases, a WHO advisory group has updated recommendations for the use of a new dengue vaccine.   Dengue fever is caused by four closely related viruses carried by the Aedes mosquito. …more

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Malta: Mater Dei hospital workers don’t see benefit of influenza vaccine

Posted on 19 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

Roughly one in five healthcare workers at Mater Dei hospital don’t regard the Influenza vaccine as beneficial, according to the findings of a research paper published in the Malta Medical School Gazette. The study sought to determine the uptake of …more

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India: Hyderabad’s affluent fight, shy of vaccination drive

Posted on 18 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

‘Health records of 20% of district population not included in data’ The district’s complete immunisation drive will not yield comprehensive results as 20% of Hyderabad’s households located in affluent residential areas refused to let district health survey workers into their …more

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The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready?

Posted on 15 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

t 6 o’clock in the morning, shortly after the sun spills over the horizon, the city of Kikwit doesn’t so much wake up as ignite. Loud music blares from car radios. Shops fly open along the main street. Dust-sprayed jeeps and …more

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The effect of maternal decisional authority on children’s vaccination in East Asia.

Posted on 15 Jul, 2018. Category: Literature
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Vaccine wastage in The Gambia: a prospective observational study

Posted on 15 Jul, 2018. Category: Literature
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Australia: Child influenza death sparks flu vaccine warning

Posted on 15 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

One child has died and more than a dozen others have been hospitalised after coming down with the flu. 19 children have been admitted to Westmead Children’s hospital with influenza since April. NSW Health is urging parents to vaccinate their …more

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USA: Why vaccine opponents think they know more than medical experts

Posted on 14 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

One of the most contentious areas of health policy over the past two decades has been the safety of vaccination. Vaccines prevent the outbreak of diseases that used to be widespread, like polio, and scientific consensus strongly supports their safety. Yet many …more

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Italy: Rise of Italian populist parties buoys anti-vaccine movement

Posted on 11 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

Backlash against sportsman’s post about his young daughter highlights lingering distrust. When Ivan Zaytsev, a volleyball player with Italy’s national team and an Olympic medallist, posted a picture of himself alongside his child on social media last week, it wasn’t …more

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Hong Kong: Girl dies after catching flu infection, the third such death this year

Posted on 11 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

A nine-year-old Hong Kong girl with chronic illnesses died after contracting a flu infection, the first death among children in the city since the end of the peak winter flu season. The Centre for Health Protection is investigating the case …more

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Ukraine: 1,021 measles cases in the past week

Posted on 11 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

Ukraine measles and diphtheria update

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Australia: Anti-Vaxxers Are Targeting a Vaccine for a Virus Deadlier Than Ebola

Posted on 10 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

edars ernest was a certifiable goofball. He was a purebred Shire, a type of British draft horse that once specialized in hauling carts of ale. Nicknamed Ernie, he tipped the scales at more than a ton, and had a chocolate-brown coat …more

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Changes in (risk) behavior and HPV knowledge among Dutch girls eligible for HPV vaccination: an observational cohort study

Posted on 8 Jul, 2018. Category: Literature

     

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Italy: Parents o longer need to provide doctor’s note for mandatory vaccinations

Posted on 7 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

Italy’s Health Minister Giulia Grillo. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP Parents in Italy will no longer need to provide medical evidence that their children have received ten mandatory vaccinations in order to enrol them at a state primary school, the Health Minister …more

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Pakistan: Fake vaccine video goes viral iputting the global drive to eradicate polio at risk at the 11th hour

Posted on 7 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

As health workers last week picked their way through the grimy lanes of one of Karachi’s poorest slums, the virtual world of social media platforms would at first glance appear to pose little threat to their work. Five years ago …more

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DRC:Alarming polio outbreak spreads in Congo, threatening global eradication efforts

Posted on 3 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

Overshadowed by the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), another frightening virus is on the loose in that vast, chaotic country: polio. Public health experts have worked for months to stamp out the virus, but it …more

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UK:National measles warning after five-fold rise in cases in England

Posted on 3 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

Health officials have declared a “national measles incident” after a five-fold rise in cases over the past year. Experts said outbreaks were largely affecting young adults who missed out on the MMR vaccine when they were younger. Uptake fell heavily following the …more

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India: Owners refuse to vaccinate cattle fearing low milk yield

Posted on 2 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

    (representative image) KOCHI: Cattle owners here are refusing to vaccinate their cattle fearing health issues and low milk yield. The apathy towards vaccination drive has led to an increase in cases of food-and-mouth disease (FMD) in cattle and this in turn has affected …more

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Addressing Parents’ Vaccine Concerns: A Randomized Trial of a Social Media Intervention

Posted on 1 Jul, 2018. Category: Literature
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US: Appeals Court: Infants, Preschoolers Must Get Flu Shot

Posted on 1 Jul, 2018. Category: Latest News

NEW YORK — New York City’s requirement that infants and preschoolers in city-regulated child care or school-based programs must get yearly flu shots was upheld Thursday by the state’s highest court. The Court of Appeals said that the city’s Department …more

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Chad: These places prove our biggest challenge

Posted on 30 Jun, 2018. Category: Latest News

The environment Dar es Salam refugee camp, in Bagassola district, Chad, is home to thousands of refugees. 95% of the population is Nigerian, displaced by years of violent insurgency, drought and insecurity in the Lake Chad basin. Some have lived …more

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Phillipines: Dengvaxia scare–measles vaccination coverage drops

Posted on 29 Jun, 2018. Category: Latest News

Dengvaxia scare: Anti-measles vaccination coverage drops 39SHARES510   Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) – June 21, 2018 – 12:00am   MANILA, Philippines — The anti-measles vaccination coverage of the Department of Health (DOH) has dropped amid the Dengvaxia controversy, an official …more

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Literature Literature archive

Baalen, S. van. 2018 Research Ethics 14(4), 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747016117750312

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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