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VACCINES & FAKE NEWS: Analysing measles outbreaks 2019

Posted on 10 Nov, 2019

  By  Lola García-Ajofrín Even though it is a vaccine-preventable disease, measles kills over 100,000 people every year. Worldwide cases tripled in the first three months of 2019. The causes of these outbreaks are diverse: from health infrastructure to civil …more

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Article of the Month: “Measles, Mumps, And Communion: A Vision For Vaccine Policy”

Posted on 10 Nov, 2019

A thoughtful reflection and analysis on social cooperation and vulnerability  – HL   Measles, Mumps, And Communion: A Vision For Vaccine Policy Joshua T. B. Williams      published in Health Affairs It was the fall of 2006, and mumps …more

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A Polio-Free Pakistan: The cure is persistence

Posted on 26 Oct, 2019

World Polio Day    OpEd   publushed in The Daily Tines    On October 24, we mark World Polio Day as many countries in the world will be able to celebrate knowing that their country is polio-free. The crippling virus has …more

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Article of the month on “The life-course approach to vaccination”

Posted on 6 Oct, 2019

An important article mapping the way forward for how vaccines can keep us healthy throughout life. –HL The life-course approach to vaccination: Harnessing the benefits of vaccination throughout life Jody Tate, et al.  Published in VACCINE  , 16 October 2019 …more

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Article of the week: The World Knows an Apocalyptic Pandemic Is Coming

Posted on 22 Sep, 2019

Another important wake-up call from Laurie Garrett — a wake-up call to wake-up. There are some issues where evidence is not the issue, where  “more research” is not needed.  The issue instead is that we  are not paying enough attention …more

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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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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

Biswal . 2019 NEJM DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1903869
Piot P, Larson HJ, O'Brian KL, et al 2019 NATURE Vol. 575, pages119–129.
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