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WHO announces Top Ten Threats to Global Health in 2019

Posted on 20 Jan, 2019

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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Japan: ‘Distressing’ Trend – Cervical Cancer Increasing

Posted on 14 Jan, 2019

Cervical cancer is on the rise among young women in Japan. This contrasts with the trend seen in most other developed countries, where rates have been falling, largely as a result of screening and vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) — the chief cause …more

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Reflections for the New Year: Thank you Dr. Frankenstein

Posted on 28 Dec, 2018

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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The State of Vaccine Confidence 2018

Posted on 23 Nov, 2018

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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Looking beyond the Decade of Vaccines

Posted on 18 Nov, 2018

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

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

Posted on 26 Oct, 2018

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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The biggest pandemic risk? Viral misinformation

Posted on 18 Oct, 2018

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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Dramatic drop in public confidence after Philippines dengue vaccine controversy

Posted on 12 Oct, 2018

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

Posted on 20 Sep, 2018

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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Literature Literature archive

Lee TH, McGlynn EA, Safran DG. 2019 JAMA 321(6):539–540. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.19186
MJ Bayefsky, LOGostin 2018 JAMA Pediatr. online Dec 28, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.4283
K I Hammanyero, S Bawa, F Braka, et al. 2018 BMC Public Health Vol 18 (Suppl 4) :1306

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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