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First Global Vaccination Summit sounds the alarm on access and hesitancy

Posted on 15 Sep, 2019

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

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Article of the Week

Posted on 1 Sep, 2019

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

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Article of the week

Posted on 26 Aug, 2019

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

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Article of the Month

Posted on 3 Aug, 2019

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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Article of the week

Posted on 21 Jul, 2019

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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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

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

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

Posted on 19 Jun, 2019

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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How to combat health misinformation online: A research roundup

Posted on 15 Jun, 2019

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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Article pick of the Week: How the anti-vaccine movement crept into the GOP mainstream

Posted on 28 May, 2019

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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Videos Video archive

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

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

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

Literature Literature archive

Evans DR, et at. 2019 VACCINE Vol 37(40):6008-6015
Rozbroj, et al. 2019 Vaccine Vol 37(40):5986-5993
Justwan F, et al 2019 PLoS ONE 14(8): e0220658
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