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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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Australia: Skyrocketing flu numbers have already passed the 2018 total

Posted on 24 Apr, 2019. Category: Latest News

Influenza number continue to soar, putting South Australia on a steep trajectory for potentially its worst year on record. Latest figures from SA Health show that up to April 18 there had been 7414 confirmed cases of the flu, even …more

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USA: Measles Outbreak Upsets Passover Plans

Posted on 23 Apr, 2019. Category: Latest News

Measles Outbreak Upsets Passover Plans at Hotels for Religious Jews    04/22/2019 s Tens of thousands of religious Jews who decided to spend Passover at a crowded hotel with their families are worrying about the measles outbreak. By Clark Savage, …more

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Pakistan: Polio campaign halted in South Waziristan after Khasadar protest

Posted on 23 Apr, 2019. Category: Latest News

An anti-polio campaign began across the country on Monday except in South Waziristan where the Khasadar Force has boycotted its duties. The paramilitary force personnel say they haven’t been paid in nine months and will not be working until they get …more

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Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination and Autism: A Nationwide Cohort Study

Posted on 21 Apr, 2019. Category: Literature

Results: During 5 025 754 person-years of follow-up, 6517 children were diagnosed with autism (incidence rate, 129.7 per 100 000 person-years). Comparing MMR-vaccinated with MMR-unvaccinated children yielded a fully adjusted autism hazard ratio of 0.93 (95% CI, 0.85 to 1.02). Similarly, no increased …more

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USA: Washington lawmakers pass bill to limit MMR vaccine exemption options

Posted on 19 Apr, 2019. Category: Latest News

Washington lawmakers pass bill to limit MMR vaccine exemption options   prev next Video       Nearly 300 US mumps cases reported in March MMR vaccine does not cause autism, another study confirms FDA chief: Feds may have to …more

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Article of the week: Measles in 2019 — Going Backward

Posted on 19 Apr, 2019. Category: Blog

PERSPECTIVE By Catharine I. Paules, M.D.,  Hilary D. Marston, M.D., MP.H.,  and Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. New England Journal of Medicine (published on April 17, 2019, at NEJM.org ) Measles vaccination has prevented an estimated 21 million deaths worldwide since …more

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Israel: Flight attendant who contracted measles in a coma.

Posted on 19 Apr, 2019. Category: Latest News

sraeli flight attendant who contracted measles in a coma. Vaccine urged for flight crews Israeli health officials issued an alert earlier this month about a measles patient who had traveled on El Al Flight 2 on March 26 and 27 …more

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Germany: Measles vaccine could be compulsory for kids

Posted on 17 Apr, 2019. Category: Latest News

With the threat of a measles outbreak hanging over Germany, the government is considering making the vaccination mandatory for children. While many parties back the move, the Green party remains skeptical.

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Reverse global vaccine dissent

Posted on 12 Apr, 2019. Category: Literature
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Pakistan: Polio Worker’s Murder Highlights Plight of Vaccination Drive

Posted on 12 Apr, 2019. Category: Latest News

MOHMAND, Pakistan — Walid Ali had worked tirelessly to cleanse a remote, impoverished corner of northwestern Pakistan of the crippling disease polio.But his family is now reeling from his untimely death. Earlier this week, Wajid was allegedly killed by a man after a reported remonstration over his refusal to vaccinate his children.“He said, ‘I am paid to serve the children of our nation, and I want to do this honestly,’” his elderly father, Malik Bakhth Muneer, told Radio Mashaal of the last conversation he had with his son. It was the morning of April 8, before Wajid left to vaccinate children in the rural district of Mohmand in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

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Canada: 9 in 10 Canadians believe vaccines should be mandatory for school

Posted on 7 Apr, 2019. Category: Latest News

The vast majority of Canadians believe that vaccinations should be mandatory for school-aged children, according to a new poll.In an exclusive Ipsos poll prepared for Global News, 88 per cent of Canadians said they would approve of legislation to make it mandatory for all school-aged children to be up to date on their vaccinations unless there is a medical reason why they can’t be immunized. Two-thirds of Canadians said they would strongly approve of such legislation.“Canadians definitely feel that vaccinations are important and should be legislated,” said Jennifer McLeod Macey, vice-president of Ipsos Public Affairs. “Canadians would also go so far as to say this is important enough that it needs to be posted so I can go somewhere and I can know that this school is compliant or this daycare is compliant.”…

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USA: Vaccine wars: Social media battle outbreak of bogus claims

Posted on 7 Apr, 2019. Category: Latest News

Like health officials facing outbreaks of disease, internet companies are trying to contain vaccine-related misinformation they have long helped spread. So far, their efforts at quarantine are falling short.Searches of Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram turn up all sorts of bogus warnings about vaccines, including the soundly debunked notions that they cause autism or that mercury preservatives and other substances in them can poison and even kill people….

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USA: NY judge rules against Rockland County measles ban

Posted on 7 Apr, 2019. Category: Latest News

ROCKLAND COUNTY -A judge has granted a temporary restraining order to halt Rockland County’s measles emergency order, which temporarily banned unvaccinated kids from public places.The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by several dozen parents of unvaccinated students at the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge. Another lawsuit was also filed by an unnamed mother from Rockland County.  The lawsuit claimed Rockland officials overstepped their authority with the 30-day emergency order banning children under the age of 18 from schools, places of worship and other public areas if they haven’t been vaccinated against measles…

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Hong Kong: Measles infections hit 55 in 2019 as another airport worker falls ill

Posted on 7 Apr, 2019. Category: Latest News

Another worker at Hong Kong airport was on Saturday found to have been infected with measles, bringing the number of cases in the city this year to 55.The 25-year-old customer service officer contracted the disease despite a previous vaccination and past good health. He developed a fever on Tuesday followed by a rash two days later.The city’s Centre for Health Protection said the man worked on the seventh floor of Terminal 1, and had consulted a general practitioner on Friday before attending the emergency unit of North Lantau Hospital later in the day. He was then transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung for treatment…

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Pakistan: Polio, the progress and difficulties

Posted on 5 Apr, 2019. Category: Latest News

Thanks to vaccinations, cases of wild poliovirus globally have dropped dramatically. In the 1980s the estimated global number of paralytic cases was over 350,000 per year and the disease was still prevalent in 125 countries.
Fast forward to 2018 and there was 33 cases in two of the three remaining endemic countries–Pakistan and Afghanistan.
How did we get here and what are the hurdles left to eliminating polio from the face of the earth?…

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Scotland: HPV vaccine linked to ‘near elimination’ of cervical cancer

Posted on 5 Apr, 2019. Category: Latest News

The routine vaccination of schoolgirls against the human papillomavirus (HPV) in Scotland has led to a dramatic reduction in cervical cancer in later life.
Some forms of the sexually-transmitted HPV are linked to cervical cancer – one of the most common cancers in women aged under 35 in the UK. A decade ago, the UK government introduced a UK-wide immunisation programme for girls aged 12 and 13.

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Canada: Unvaccinated – How ‘vaccine hesitancy’ became a threat to public health

Posted on 2 Apr, 2019. Category: Latest News

Sabrina Bacchus is a mother of two, a little boy and a baby girl, and like most parents, she wants to keep her children healthy and safe. She just doesn’t know if adhering to her province’s full immunization schedule is the best way to do that.“I have had so many issues with chemical drugs that I was afraid that gene may have been passed on to them and that they would have reactions to (vaccines).”

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DR Congo:Building trust is essential to combat the Ebola outbreak

Posted on 31 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

A disaster is quietly unfolding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where Ebola has infected nearly 1,000 people and killed more than 600. It is the second-largest outbreak of the disease — and epidemiologists worry that it will continue to grow because the virus could be spreading undetected. New cases are being diagnosed late, which means that the virus has ample time to spread.

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Bringing community perspectives to decision-making in the Ebola response DR Congo

Posted on 31 Mar, 2019. Category: Literature
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Strategies to improve maternal vaccination acceptance

Posted on 31 Mar, 2019. Category: Literature
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Trust issues

Posted on 31 Mar, 2019. Category: Literature

       

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Philippines: Dengue fever threat looms in Philippines amid vaccine fears and deadly measles outbreak

Posted on 30 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

As Filipino families head to the beach, the mountains or just chill at home for the long spring-summer break at the end of March, health authorities are hoping the two-month holiday will provide respite in an ongoing war against measles and a worrying rise in dengue fever cases.

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Japan: Court rules against journalist in HPV vaccine defamation case

Posted on 29 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

A Japanese court ruled yesterday that a medical journalist who has championed vaccination to reduce the risk of cervical cancer defamed a neurologist by writing that he had fabricated data showing a link between the vaccine and brain damage in mice.

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USA: New York county declares measles outbreak emergency

Posted on 27 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

Rockland County, on the Hudson river north of New York City, has barred unvaccinated children from public spaces after 153 cases were confirmed.
Violating the order will be punishable by a fine of $500 (£378) and up to six months in prison.

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DRCongo: Why are Ebola clinics being attacked?

Posted on 25 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

AT DUSK ON February 27th a group of young men dressed as football players were kicking a ball around a pitch besides an Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, a city in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Suddenly men with guns and machetes sprang out of the bush and handed weapons to those masquerading as footballers. Together, they charged into the centre. As the sick fled, along with health workers, the men splashed petrol around before tossing in lit matches. When nurses crept back later they found the smouldering remains of the pharmacy, archive room, hand-washing station and vehicles.

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USA: Censorship or social responsibility? Amazon removes some books peddling vaccine misinformation.

Posted on 25 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

YouTube said it was banning anti-vaccination videos from running online advertisements. Facebook announced it was hiding certain content and turning away ads that contain misinformation about vaccines, and Pinterest said it was blocking “polluted” search terms, memes and pins from particular sites prompting anti-vaccine propaganda, according to news reports.

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Vatican: Vaccine use safe, not linked to autism, abortion support

Posted on 23 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

A northern Kentucky family is suing the health department there on religious grounds linked to abortion for not allowing their unvaccinated son to attend his Catholic school where a chickenpox outbreak has prompted a ban on unvaccinated students until the outbreak of more than 30 cases is contained.

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USA: New research targets anti-vaccination comments on Facebook

Posted on 22 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

Anti-vaccination content on Facebook extends beyond the thoroughly debunked myth that vaccines cause autism, a new study reports. Instead, a team of researchers found four flavors of anti-vaccine misinformation that may discourage parents from vaccinating their children.

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Africa: Experts caution against stagnation of immunization coverage

Posted on 22 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

Global immunization experts attending the biannual Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) meeting urged African countries to strengthen their routine immunization. Over the past five years, immunization coverage in sub-Saharan Africa has stagnated at 72%, exposing populationssuffer from vaccine-prevent to vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks.

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Ireland: Laura Brennan,HPV vaccine campaigner dies aged 26

Posted on 22 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

One of Ireland’s leading HPV vaccine campaigners has died. Laura Brennan, from Hillview in County Clare, had cervical cancer. She died at University Hospital Limerick on Thursday, according to Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE). The organisation said the 26 year old’s campaigning led to a surge of almost 20% in the number of young women taking the HPV vaccine.

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Philippines: Measles cases rising; 333 deaths recorded since start of 2019

Posted on 21 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

MANILA – The Department of Health has recorded more than 20,000 measles cases since January 2019.In the report released by the DOH Epidemiology Bureau dated Mar. 20, the number of measles cases recorded from Jan. 1 to Mar. 19 has reached 22,967.

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Italy enacts strict new vaccination law

Posted on 17 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

ITALY (WPVI) — There is a new national policy for parents in Italy.As of Tuesday, children under six will not be able to attend school if they aren’t properly vaccinated, and parents of kids over six who aren’t up-to-date on their shots could face hefty fines.

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USA: Amazon removes books promoting autism cures and vaccine misinformation

Posted on 17 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

Amazon is removing from its online marketplace “autism cure” books that unscientifically claim children can be cured of autism with pseudoscientific methods such as ingesting and bathing in a potentially toxic form of bleach and taking medication meant to treat arsenic and lead poisoning.

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American Medical Assoc appeals to Social Media Platforms

Posted on 17 Mar, 2019. Category: Blog

The American Medical Association has followed Member of Congress  in appealing to technology company heads to ensure accurate information on vaccines(full letter below).  While I fully support an appeal to address some of amplifying algorithms and other technical mechanisms that …more

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India: Ignoring other types of influenza with its focus on swine flu

Posted on 15 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

India is on track for another bad year of H1N1 or swine flu infections, recording more than 19,000 cases and more than 600 deaths since the beginning of the year. The worst outbreaks of this respiratory illness have occurred in the swine flu hotspots in western India – Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat – as well as in Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka and Telangana.

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Philippines: Measles deaths hit new high – 286 dead in 2 months

Posted on 14 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

MANILA – Measles deaths in the Philippines have hit a new high, with 286 fatalities recorded from January 1 to March 2 of this year, the Department of Health said Tuesday. This is seven times higher than the 39 measles deaths recorded from January 1 to March 2 of 2018.

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USA: An Unvaccinated Boy Got Tetanus. His Oregon Hospital Stay was 57 Days and $800,000.

Posted on 12 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

A 6-year-old boy was playing on a farm when he cut his forehead, a laceration that was simple enough to tend to at home.

But six days later, his parents realized something was seriously wrong: He was clenching his jaw, having trouble breathing and experiencing involuntary muscle spasms.

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Philippines: Measles Outbreak – Over 16,000 cases reported

Posted on 12 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

If you’re driving into San Lazaro Hospital in the Philippine capital Manila for the first time, you can be forgiven for thinking it’s a disaster zone. You can’t miss it – a big white tent sits across the hospital’s entrance. Inside the makeshift medical facility, there are beds that can accommodate up to 50 patients.

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Italy: Bans unvaccinated children from school

Posted on 12 Mar, 2019. Category: Latest News

Italian children have been told not to turn up to school unless they can prove they have been properly vaccinated.

The deadline follows months of national debate over compulsory vaccination.

Parents risk being fined up to €500 (£425; $560) if they send their unvaccinated children to school. Children under six can be turned away.

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US measles outbreak concentrated among unvaccinated children

Posted on 3 Mar, 2019. Category: Literature
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Philippines measles outbreak is deadliest yet as vaccine scepticism spurs disease comeback

Posted on 27 Feb, 2019. Category: Literature

Montreal, Canada Seventy people, most of them children, have died of measles in the Philippines since the start of 2019,1 the country’s health ministry has said, as many as were killed by the virus in the entire World Health Organization …more

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A Framework for Increasing Trust Between Patients and the Organizations That Care for Them

Posted on 17 Feb, 2019. Category: Literature
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WHO announces Top Ten Threats to Global Health in 2019

Posted on 20 Jan, 2019. Category: Blog

In its 2019 new year message, WHO has named vaccine hesitancy as one of the world’s top 10 global health threats, alongside air pollution and climate change, noncommunicable diseases, global influenza pandemic, fragile and vulnerable settings, antimicrobial resistance,  Ebola and other high-threat …more

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Requiring Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination for School Entry

Posted on 29 Dec, 2018. Category: Literature
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Reflections for the New Year: Thank you Dr. Frankenstein

Posted on 28 Dec, 2018. Category: Blog

2018 has been a year of anniversaries – particularly the devastating “Spanish” influenza pandemic, which peaked in 1918, and the armistice ending the First World War. But it also marked 200 years since the 1818 publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein; …more

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Lessons learnt from implementing community engagement interventions in mobile hard-to-reach (HTR) projects in Nigeria, 2014–2015

Posted on 16 Dec, 2018. Category: Literature
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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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Vaccine hesitancy – a potential threat to the achievements of vaccination programmes in Africa

Posted on 11 Nov, 2018. Category: Literature
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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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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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Experiences With Medical Exemptions After a Change in Vaccine Exemption Policy in California.

Posted on 30 Oct, 2018. Category: Literature
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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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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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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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Vaccination Programs: Economic and Leadership Considerations

Posted on 14 Oct, 2018. Category: Literature
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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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The Anti-vaccination Movement: A Regression in Modern Medicine

Posted on 5 Oct, 2018. Category: Literature
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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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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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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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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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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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Videos Video archive

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.

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

Literature Literature archive

HC Maltezou, C Ledda, V Rapisarda 2019 Vaccine Vol 37(32): 4419-4658
Sabahelzain MM et al. 2019 PLoS ONE VOl 14 (6): e0213882.
KT Paul, K Loer 2019 Journal of Public Health Policy Volume 40, Issue 2
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