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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
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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

Polio, Pakistan, the progress and difficulties with WHO spokesperson, Oliver Rosenbauer
by ROBERT HERRIMAN
April 4, 2019 Headlines, Outbreak News TV

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

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

Posted on 7 Aug, 2018. Category: Literature
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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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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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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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Addressing Parents’ Vaccine Concerns: A Randomized Trial of a Social Media Intervention

Posted on 1 Jul, 2018. Category: Literature
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Factors associated with delayed infant immunization in a nationally representative cohort study

Posted on 24 Jun, 2018. Category: Literature

bstract Background Many children in developed countries do not receive recommended vaccines on time. However, knowledge about factors related to timeliness remains limited. Quantifying the relative impact of parental attitudes compared with socio‐demographic factors for delayed immunization would inform policy …more

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The state of the antivaccine movement in the United States: A focused examination of nonmedical exemptions in states and counties

Posted on 17 Jun, 2018. Category: Literature
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Ethical issues related to human papillomavirus vaccination programs: An example from Bangladesh

Posted on 17 Jun, 2018. Category: Literature

This program imparted inadequate knowledge about HPV and cervical cancer to the recipients and participants. There was lack of autonomous and informed choice of the girls and their parents about taking the vaccine. The program did not have any follow-up …more

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Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Considerations: Ebola Response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Posted on 17 Jun, 2018. Category: EBODAC Symposium
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Trolleyology and the Dengue Vaccine Dilemma

Posted on 16 Jun, 2018. Category: Literature
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Vaccine hesitancy around the globe: Analysis of three years of WHO/UNICEF Joint Reporting Form data-2015–2017

Posted on 10 Jun, 2018. Category: Literature
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A review of strategies used to retain participants in clinical research.The PREVAIL I Ebola vaccine trial experience

Posted on 10 Jun, 2018. Category: EBODAC Symposium
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The preventable tragedy of diphtheria in the 21st century

Posted on 10 Jun, 2018. Category: Literature
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Polarization of the vaccination debate on Facebook

Posted on 3 Jun, 2018. Category: Literature
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Parent-Provider Communication of HPV Vaccine Hesitancy

Posted on 3 Jun, 2018. Category: Literature
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Beyond the verbal: Pregnant women’s preferences for receiving influenza and Tdap vaccine information from their obstetric care providers

Posted on 3 Jun, 2018. Category: Literature
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Prevention of Pertussis: An unresolved problem

Posted on 3 Jun, 2018. Category: Literature
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Ebola outbreak: Importance of gaining community trust during vaccine roll-out – expert comment

Posted on 24 May, 2018. Category: Blog

Original Comment published by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine      The experimental Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV is being deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help stop the spread of the disease. At this crucial time Dr Heidi Larson, Director …more

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Ethics of randomized trials in a public health emergency

Posted on 20 May, 2018. Category: EBODAC Symposium
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Rebuilding patient–physician trust in China, developing a trust- oriented bioethics

Posted on 20 May, 2018. Category: Literature
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Using digital health to enable ethical health research in conflict and other humanitarian settings

Posted on 20 May, 2018. Category: EBODAC Symposium

Eric D. PerakslisEmail authorView ORCID ID profile Conflict and Health201812:23 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13031-018-0163-z ©  The Author(s). 2018 Received: 22 September 2017 Accepted: 5 April 2018 Published: 14 May 2018 Abstract Conducting research in a humanitarian setting requires quantifiable quality measures to ensure ethical study conduct. Digital health technologies are proven to improve research study …more

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Poland: Parental Opinions and Attitudes about Children’s Vaccination Safety

Posted on 14 May, 2018. Category: Literature

Abstract: Despite mandatory vaccinations in Poland, the final decision on vaccination in children is taken by their parents or legal guardians. Understanding parents’ attitudes and opinions regarding vaccinations is essential for planning and undertaking extensive and properly targeted educational actions …more

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Mistrust in Medicine: The Rise and Fall of America’s First Vaccine Institute

Posted on 13 May, 2018. Category: Literature

In 1813, the American government passed An Act to Encourage Vaccination, the first federal endorsement of a medical practice in American history. The law tasked a federal agent with maintaining a supply of the smallpox vaccine and distributing it nationwide. …more

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Effect of a Health Care Professional Communication Training Intervention on Adolescent Human Papillomavirus Vaccination

Posted on 13 May, 2018. Category: Literature

IMPORTANCE: The incidence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers is more than 35 000 cases in the United States each year. Effective HPV vaccines have been available in the United States for several years but are underused among adolescents, the target population …more

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Vaccination in Humanitarian Emergencies: Implementation Guide

Posted on 11 May, 2018. Category: Literature
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Vaccination hesitancy in the antenatal period: a cross-sectional survey

Posted on 6 May, 2018. Category: Literature
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Strategies for increasing uptake of vaccination in pregnancy in high-income countries: A systematic review

Posted on 29 Apr, 2018. Category: Literature
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Impact evaluation of a community engagement intervention in improving childhood immunization coverage: a cluster randomized controlled trial in Assam, India

Posted on 29 Apr, 2018. Category: Literature
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Examining the spatiotemporal evolution of vaccine refusal: Nonmedical exemptions from vaccination in California, 2000–2013

Posted on 29 Apr, 2018. Category: Literature
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Vaccination In Acute Humanitarian Emergencies A Framework For Decision Making

Posted on 29 Apr, 2018. Category: EBODAC Symposium
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Rise in vaccine hesitancy related to pursuit of purity

Posted on 26 Apr, 2018. Category: Blog

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

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

Posted on 15 Apr, 2018. Category: Literature
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‘We All Work Together to Vaccinate the Child’: A Formative Evaluation of a Community-Engagement Strategy Aimed at Closing the Immunization Gap in North-West Ethiopia

Posted on 5 Apr, 2018. Category: Literature

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

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The impact of past vaccination coverage and immunity on pertussis resurgence

Posted on 1 Apr, 2018. Category: Literature
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Politics and public trust shape vaccine risk perceptions

Posted on 29 Mar, 2018. Category: Blog

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

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

Posted on 29 Mar, 2018. Category: Literature
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How to get public engagement right

Posted on 25 Mar, 2018. Category: Literature
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Intentions to use a novel Zika vaccine: the effects of misbeliefs about the MMR vaccine and perceptions about Zika

Posted on 17 Mar, 2018. Category: Literature
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Rebuilding patient–physician trust in China, developing a trust-oriented bioethics

Posted on 11 Mar, 2018. Category: Literature, Map2

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

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Human arrogance and epidemics

Posted on 2 Mar, 2018. Category: Literature
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To wipe out measles, governments must regain social trust

Posted on 28 Feb, 2018. Category: Blog

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

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Anti-vaccination and pro-CAM attitudes both reflect magical beliefs about health

Posted on 18 Feb, 2018. Category: Literature

We examined the relationship between complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use and vaccination scepticism; and specifically whether a person’s more general health-related worldview might explain this relationship. A cross-sectional online survey of adult Australians (N = 2697) included demographic, CAM, and vaccination …more

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Parents’ knowledge, beliefs, and acceptance of the HPV vaccination in relation to their socio-demographics and religious beliefs: A cross-sectional study in Thailand

Posted on 18 Feb, 2018. Category: Literature

Thailand has one of the world’s highest prevalence of cervical cancer, mainly caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV infections can successfully be prevented by vaccination, which is available at a cost but not yet implemented in the national vaccination …more

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Global Girl Gang : Social media networks and the HPV vaccine

Posted on 18 Feb, 2018. Category: Blog

If there is one time of life when emotional ups and downs are particularly steep—with roller-coaster highs and lows, risky behaviour, and attention seeking at an all-time high—it’s adolescence. It is an exciting, scary, and vulnerable time. Many cultures around …more

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Controversial Ebola Vaccine Trials in Ghana

Posted on 14 Feb, 2018. Category: Video

Key figures share their perspectives on a controversy that led to the suspension of Ebola vaccine clinical trials in Ghana.

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A global girl gang

Posted on 11 Feb, 2018. Category: Literature

If there is one time of life when emotional ups and downs are particularly steep—with roller-coaster highs and lows, risky behaviour, and attention seeking at an all-time high—it’s adolescence. It is an exciting, scary, and vulnerable time. Many cultures around …more

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Vaccination without Litigation — Addressing Religious Objections to Hospital Influenza-Vaccination Mandates

Posted on 7 Feb, 2018. Category: Literature
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Fake facts and alternative truths in medical research

Posted on 4 Feb, 2018. Category: Literature

Background: Fake news and alternative facts have become commonplace in these so-called “post-factual times.” What about medical research – are scientific facts fake as well? Many recent disclosures have fueled the claim that scientific facts are suspect and that science …more

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Infectious Disease Risk and Vaccination in Northern Syria after 5 Years of Civil War: The MSF Experience

Posted on 4 Feb, 2018. Category: Literature

de Lima Pereira A, Southgate R, Ahmed H, O’Connor P, Cramond V, Lenglet A. Infectious Disease Risk and Vaccination in Northern Syria after 5 Years of Civil War: The MSF Experience. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2018 

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Measuring vaccine acceptance among Canadian parents: A survey of the Canadian Immunization Research Network

Posted on 28 Jan, 2018. Category: Literature

Parental decision making about childhood vaccinations is complex and multidimensional. There is a perception that the number of parents having concerns regarding childhood vaccinations has been increasing in Canada. The aim of this study was to explore vaccine hesitancy among …more

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The influence of political ideology and trust on willingness to vaccinate

Posted on 28 Jan, 2018. Category: Literature

In light of the increasing refusal of some parents to vaccinate children, public health strategies have focused on increasing knowledge and awareness based on a “knowledge-deficit” approach. However, decisions about vaccination are based on more than mere knowledge of risks, …more

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France: How the hive mind is killing the herd immunity that keeps us all safe

Posted on 27 Jan, 2018. Category: Literature

27 JANUARY 2018 – 08:20 AGENCY STAFF  Paris — A rising tide of suspicion amplified by social networks has eroded public trust in modern medicine, leaving scientists and health officials scrambling for ways to shore up its credibility, experts say. …more

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USA: Measles? Bring it on, says ‘vaccine choice’ movement

Posted on 27 Jan, 2018. Category: Literature

Joe Accurso, a 47-year-old chiropractor, refused to vaccinate his daughter against polio, measles or whooping cough because he believes that getting sick wouldn’t be dangerous and might even be good for her. I am actually disappointed that she doesn’t have …more

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Public Health United Podcast

Posted on 23 Jan, 2018. Category: Video

Drs. Heidi Larson and Pauline Paterson of the Vaccine Confidence Project join episode 50 of the Public Health United podcast with Nina Martin, November 2017.

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The global effect of maternal education on complete childhood vaccination: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Posted on 7 Jan, 2018. Category: Literature
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Rubella vaccination in India: identifying broad consequences of vaccine introduction and key knowledge gaps

Posted on 7 Jan, 2018. Category: Literature

Get access January 2018 , pp. 65-77 Rubella vaccination in India: identifying broad consequences of vaccine introduction and key knowledge gaps A. K. WINTER (a1), S. PRAMANIK (a2), J. LESSLER (a3), M. FERRARI (a4) … 

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Let Freedom Ring

Posted on 1 Jan, 2018. Category: Blog

If there has been a theme over the past year, when it comes to public trust in vaccines, it has been the tension between individual freedoms and social cooperation, between choice and voice as an individual, or choice and voice …more

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Mapping the anti-vaccination movement on Facebook

Posted on 30 Dec, 2017. Category: Literature
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Health professional feedback on HPV vaccination roll-out in a developing country

Posted on 25 Dec, 2017. Category: Literature

Highlights • HPV vaccination rollout in Zambia is hampered by suspicions about infertility. • Males need to be included in the programme to encourage female participation. • Educational efforts should target rural communities to improve HPV awareness.

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Knowledge of and Attitudes to Influenza Vaccination among Community Pharmacists in Catalonia (Spain). 2013–2014 Season: A Cross Sectional Study

Posted on 25 Dec, 2017. Category: Literature
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A tale of two countries:
The dengue vaccine saga

Posted on 23 Dec, 2017. Category: Blog

Heidi Larson, with Will Schulz and Clarissa Simas Dengvaxia, the first promising vaccine to protect against dengue fever, was a step forward in fighting a disease that afflicts millions of people.  But it faced a step backwards following the November …more

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Self-reported influenza vaccination rates and attitudes towards vaccination among health care workers: results of a survey in a German university hospital.

Posted on 17 Dec, 2017. Category: Literature
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Critical dynamics in population vaccinating behavior

Posted on 17 Dec, 2017. Category: Literature

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/12/05/1704093114.abstract

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Spatial clustering of measles vaccination coverage among children in sub-Saharan Africa

Posted on 17 Dec, 2017. Category: Literature

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Polio, terror and the immunological worldview

Posted on 10 Dec, 2017. Category: Literature

This paper adopts a socio-historical perspective to explore when, how and why the eradication of poliomyelitis has become politicised to the extent that health workers and security personnel are targeted in drive-by shootings. Discussions of the polio crisis in Afghanistan …more

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Intention to vaccinate universally against varicella, rotavirus gastroenteritis, meningococcal B disease and seasonal influenza among parents in the Netherlands

Posted on 10 Dec, 2017. Category: Literature
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Bangladesh: Diphtheria is spreading fast in Cox’s Bazaar

Posted on 10 Dec, 2017. Category: Literature

 DECEMBER 2017 | GENEVA – Diphtheria is rapidly spreading among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, WHO warned today. More than 110 suspected cases, including 6 deaths, have been clinically diagnosed by health partners, including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the …more

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Attitudes about vaccines to prevent Ebola virus disease in Guinea at the end of a large Ebola epidemic: Results of a national household survey

Posted on 4 Dec, 2017. Category: Literature

Introduction In 2014–2016, an Ebola epidemic devastated Guinea; more than 3800 cases and 2500 deaths were reported to the World Health Organization. In August 2015, as the epidemic waned and clinical trials of an experimental, Ebola vaccine continued in Guinea …more

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A behavioral economics approach to the failed HPV vaccination program in Japan

Posted on 3 Dec, 2017. Category: Literature

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The importance of thinking beyond the watersupply in cholera epidemics: A historical urban case-study

Posted on 3 Dec, 2017. Category: Literature
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Web-based Social Media Intervention to Increase Vaccine Acceptance: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Posted on 3 Dec, 2017. Category: Literature

     

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Human papilloma virus vaccine for low and middle income countries: A step too soon?

Posted on 3 Dec, 2017. Category: Literature

Har Ashish Jindal, Amanjot Kaur & Sathiabalan Murugan (2017) Human papilloma virus vaccine for low and middle income countries: A step too soon?, Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 13:11, 2723-2725, DOI: 10.1080/21645515.2017.1358837 To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/21645515.2017.1358837

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A multimodal critical discourse analysis of anti-vaccination information on Facebook

Posted on 30 Nov, 2017. Category: Literature

In light of recent outbreaks of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases, childhood vaccination has been the subject of significant attention and controversy. Much information seeking and debates about vaccines take place on social media, yet the effects of information context-specific …more

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Efficacy and safety of pertussis vaccination for pregnant women – a systematic review of randomised controlled trials and observational studies

Posted on 26 Nov, 2017. Category: Literature
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Mapping evidence on the distribution of human papillomavirus-related cancers in sub-Saharan Africa: scoping review protocol

Posted on 18 Nov, 2017. Category: Literature
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Polio Eradication Hopes and Fears: What Next?

Posted on 4 Nov, 2017. Category: Blog

On the occasion of World Polio Day Heidi Larson, Ph.D. & Will Schulz, MSc.  In August 1980, just three months after the World Health Assembly declared smallpox to be officially eradicated, D.A. Henderson stood up to address a gathering at …more

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Understanding vaccine hesitancy in polio eradication in northern Nigeria

Posted on 29 Oct, 2017. Category: Literature
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Addressing HPV vaccine hesitancy in Denmark

Posted on 22 Oct, 2017. Category: Literature
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HPV vaccination in Japan: results of a 3-year follow-up survey of obstetricians and gynecologists regarding their opinions toward the vaccine

Posted on 9 Oct, 2017. Category: Literature
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Examining word association networks: A cross-country comparison of women’s perceptions of HPV testing and vaccination

Posted on 8 Oct, 2017. Category: Literature
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Comparing human papillomavirus vaccine concerns on Twitter: a crosssectional study of users in Australia, Canada and the UK

Posted on 8 Oct, 2017. Category: Literature
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Geographic and demographic correlates of autism-related anti-vaccine beliefs on Twitter, 2009-15

Posted on 2 Oct, 2017. Category: Literature
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Impact of the US Maternal Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccination Program on Preventing Pertussis in Infants <2 Months of Age: A Case-Control Evaluation

Posted on 28 Sep, 2017. Category: Literature
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Intention to accept pertussis vaccine among pregnant women in Karachi, Pakistan

Posted on 24 Sep, 2017. Category: Literature
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Heterogeneity in coverage for measles and varicella vaccination in toddlers – analysis of factors influencing parental acceptance

Posted on 24 Sep, 2017. Category: Literature
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Vaccination Rates among Younger Siblings of Children with Autism

Posted on 17 Sep, 2017. Category: Literature
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Harnessing innovation in public health

Posted on 17 Sep, 2017. Category: Blog

 Heidi J. Larson and Neisha Sundaram The second Raffles Dialogue, hosted by the National University of Singapore schools of medicine, public health and public policy along with the National University Health System (NUHS), focused on “The Critical Role of Innovation” …more

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Ongoing outbreak with well over 4,000 measles cases in Italy from January to end August 2017 − what is making elimination so difficult?

Posted on 16 Sep, 2017. Category: Literature
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Stemming the Wave of Cervical Cancer: Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Introduction in India

Posted on 10 Sep, 2017. Category: Literature
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When parents won’t vaccinate their children: a qualitative investigation of australian primary care providers’ experiences

Posted on 9 Sep, 2017. Category: Literature

Background: Increasingly, the experiences and perceptions of parents who decline vaccination are the subject of investigation. However, the experiences of clinicians who encounter these parents in the course of their work has received little academic attention to date. This study …more

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Perceptions of human papillomavirus vaccination of adolescent schoolgirls in western Uganda and their implications for acceptability of HPV vaccination: a qualitative study

Posted on 3 Sep, 2017. Category: Literature

Background Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination has been perceived in diverse ways some of which encourage its uptake while others could potentially deter its acceptability. This study explored community member’s perceptions about HPV vaccination in Ibanda district and the implications of …more

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Pertussis vaccination in pregnancy: State of the art

Posted on 20 Aug, 2017. Category: Literature
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Controversial Ebola vaccine trials in Ghana: a thematic analysis of critiques and rebuttals in digital news

Posted on 9 Aug, 2017. Category: Literature

Communication is of paramount importance in responding to health crises. We studied the media messages put forth by different stakeholders in two Ebola vaccine trials that became controversial in Ghana. These interactions between health authorities, political actors, and public citizens …more

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Separating Vaccination Fact From Fiction

Posted on 6 Aug, 2017. Category: Blog

Remember the H1N1 “swine flu” that was rampant in 2009? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated the global death toll from that pandemic to be more than 284,000. There’s also the influenza pandemic of 1918, which …more

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The benefit of the doubt or doubts over benefits? A systematic literature review of perceived risks of vaccines in European populations

Posted on 30 Jul, 2017. Category: Literature
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Parents’ concerns about vaccine scheduling in Shanghai, China

Posted on 23 Jul, 2017. Category: Literature
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Conventional Wisdom versus Actual Outcomes: Challenges in the Conduct of an Ebola Vaccine Trial in Liberia during the International Public Health Emergency

Posted on 23 Jul, 2017. Category: EBODAC Symposium
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Motivational and contextual determinants of HPV-vaccination uptake: A longitudinal study among mothers of girls invited for the HPV-vaccination

Posted on 12 Jul, 2017. Category: Literature
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EU judgment on vaccine claims: Vaccine confidence breaker or trust builder?

Posted on 12 Jul, 2017. Category: Blog

With Shalini Anand reporting from India A recent landmark judgment by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has shaken the global health community. Scientists from all over the world have voiced dissent, as the ruling threatens to undermine science-based evidence …more

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Polio Eradication Hopes and Fears: What Next?

Posted on 27 Jun, 2017. Category: Blog

See original post published by The Communication Initiative Coauthors: Heidi Larson & Will Schulz In August 1980, just three months after the World Health Assembly declared smallpox to be officially eradicated, D.A. Henderson stood up to address a gathering at the …more

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Longitudinal Trends in Vaccine Hesitancy in a Cohort of Mothers Surveyed in Washington State, 2013-2015

Posted on 11 Jun, 2017. Category: Literature
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Semantic network analysis of vaccine sentiment in online social media

Posted on 11 Jun, 2017. Category: Literature
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Maternal Attitudes and Other Factors Associated with Infant Vaccination Status in the United States, 2011-2014

Posted on 11 Jun, 2017. Category: Literature

Objective To assess the role of maternal attitudes and other factors associated with infant vaccination status. Study design Data on reported vaccination status were analyzed from a nationally representative prospective survey of mothers of 2- to 6-month-old infants. Weighted univariate …more

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Incidence of influenza virus infection among pregnant women: a systematic review

Posted on 4 Jun, 2017. Category: Literature
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Lessons learnt from human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in 45 low- and middle-income countries

Posted on 3 Jun, 2017. Category: Literature
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Increase in vaccination coverage between subsequent generations of orthodox Protestants in The Netherlands

Posted on 28 May, 2017. Category: Literature
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Community engagement and integrated health and polio immunisation campaigns in conflict-affected areas of Pakistan: a cluster randomised controlled tria

Posted on 21 May, 2017. Category: Literature
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“Retro Report” Featuring Heidi Larson and Larry Brilliant

Posted on 16 May, 2017. Category: Blog

The New York Times “Retro Report,” features Heidi Larson and Larry Brilliant discussing  two eradication efforts – the programmes to eradicate Smallpox and Polio. The report examines the challenges of  politics and public mistrust in achieving disease control. When facing threats as …more

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Health workers’ attitudes, perceptions and knowledge of influenza immunization in Lima, Peru: A mixed methods study

Posted on 7 May, 2017. Category: Literature
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Research Ethics Governance in Times of Ebola

Posted on 7 May, 2017. Category: EBODAC Symposium, EBOhandbook, Ethics
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Cholera vaccination: pregnant women excluded no more

Posted on 7 May, 2017. Category: Literature
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Application of real-time global media monitoring and ‘derived questions’ for enhancing communication by regulatory bodies: the case of human papillomavirus vaccines

Posted on 7 May, 2017. Category: Literature
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The science of persuasion

Posted on 30 Apr, 2017. Category: Literature
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Implementation science: Relevance in the real world without sacrificing rigor

Posted on 30 Apr, 2017. Category: Literature
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Implementing the communication for development strategy to improve knowledge and coverage of measles vaccination in western Chinese immunization programs

Posted on 30 Apr, 2017. Category: Literature
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ECDC launches Vaccine Hesitancy Catalogue of Interventions

Posted on 26 Apr, 2017. Category: Blog

On the occasion of 2017 Immunization Week,  ECDC has launched a new catalogue with  tools and information resources to support EU/EEA countries in addressing the challenging issue of vaccine hesitancy. The catalogue provides examples of practices that can serve as …more

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Cholera vaccination: pregnant women excluded no more

Posted on 25 Apr, 2017. Category: Literature
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HPV vaccine awareness and the association of trust in cancer information from physicians among males

Posted on 23 Apr, 2017. Category: Literature
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Undervaccination with diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine: National (Taiwan) trends and association with pertussis risk in young children

Posted on 23 Apr, 2017. Category: Literature
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Global Transmission Dynamics of Measles in the Measles Elimination Era

Posted on 17 Apr, 2017. Category: Literature
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The Immunity Community: A Community Engagement Strategy for Reducing Vaccine Hesitancy

Posted on 12 Apr, 2017. Category: Literature
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Demographic transition and the dynamics of measles in six provinces in China: A modeling study

Posted on 9 Apr, 2017. Category: Literature
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Psychological factors associated with uptake of the childhood influenza vaccine and perception of post-vaccination side-effects: A cross-sectional survey in England

Posted on 25 Mar, 2017. Category: Literature
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School-based vaccination programmes: a systematic review of the evidence on organisation and delivery in high income countries

Posted on 19 Mar, 2017. Category: Literature

   

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Ethics, evidence and the anti-vaccination debate

Posted on 12 Mar, 2017. Category: Literature

the NMBA made clear its expectation that, when providing advice on immunisation, nurses and midwives have a fundamental responsibility to make use of ‘the best available evidence’ and to uphold their respective profession’s code of conduct and code of ethics. …more

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Is Colombia reaching the goals on infant immunization coverage? A quantitative survey from 80 municipalities

Posted on 12 Mar, 2017. Category: Literature
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Factors affecting the willingness of nursing students to receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination: A large-scale cross-sectional study

Posted on 12 Mar, 2017. Category: Literature
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Knowledge and perceptions of polio and polio immunization in polio high-risk areas of Pakistan

Posted on 12 Mar, 2017. Category: Literature
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Missing the signals:  India’s anti-vaccination social media campaign

Posted on 7 Mar, 2017. Category: Blog

It is not just in the US and Europe where wealthier populations are among the most vaccine questioning.  India recently launched a one-month campaign to vaccinate over 35 million 9-month to 15-year old children with a measles-rubella vaccine across five …more

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Building the legacy of Ebola: Survivors, health systems, and a blueprint for research and development

Posted on 5 Mar, 2017. Category: EBODAC Symposium
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ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR ZIKA VIRUS HUMAN CHALLENGE TRIALS

Posted on 5 Mar, 2017. Category: EBODAC Symposium
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Determinants of geographic inequalities in HPV vaccination in the most populated region of France

Posted on 4 Mar, 2017. Category: Literature
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How often people google for vaccination: Qualitative and quantitative insights from a systematic search of the web-based activities using Google Trends

Posted on 26 Feb, 2017. Category: Literature
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Strategies and actions of multi-purpose health communication on vaccine preventable infectious diseases in order to increase vaccination coverage in the population: The ESCULAPIO project

Posted on 26 Feb, 2017. Category: Literature

   

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Why, when and for what diseases pregnant and new mothers “should” be vaccinated

Posted on 26 Feb, 2017. Category: Literature
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A longitudinal study on determinants of HPV vaccination uptake in parents/guardians from different ethnic backgrounds in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Posted on 23 Feb, 2017. Category: Literature
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International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Ebola Strategic Framework January 2015

Posted on 15 Feb, 2017. Category: EBODAC Symposium
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Cost-effectiveness of maternal influenza immunization in Bamako, Mali: A decision analysis

Posted on 12 Feb, 2017. Category: Literature

Abstract Background Maternal influenza immunization has gained traction as a strategy to diminish maternal and neonatal mortality. However, efforts to vaccinate pregnant women against influenza in developing countries will require substantial investment. We present cost-effectiveness estimates of maternal influenza immunization …more

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Another kind of Zika public health emergency

Posted on 12 Feb, 2017. Category: Literature

A year ago, on Feb 1, 2016, WHO declared the Zika virus epidemic a public health emergency. In a brave show of leadership no doubt spurred by the embarrassment of failing to act sooner on the Ebola outbreak threats, Director-General …more

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Active surveillance study of adverse events following immunisation of children in the Czech Republi

Posted on 12 Feb, 2017. Category: Literature
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The impact of a vaccine scare on parental views, trust and information needs: a qualitative study in Sydney, Australia

Posted on 29 Jan, 2017. Category: Literature
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Key experiences of community engagement and social mobilization in the Ebola response

Posted on 25 Jan, 2017. Category: Community, EBODAC Symposium, EBOhandbook
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A Systematic Review of Ebola Treatment Trials to Assess the Extent to Which They Adhere to Ethical Guidelines

Posted on 22 Jan, 2017. Category: EBODAC Symposium, EBOhandbook
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Literature Literature archive

Larson HJ, Schulz WS. 2019 SCIENCE VOL 364 ISSUE 6436
O Baggio, C A Camara and C Prue 2019 Humanitarian Exchange Magazine Number 74, February 2019
R. Wilson, P. Paterson , H. J. Larson 2019 BMC Public Health 19:342 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6655-y

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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