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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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TOP ARTICLE OF THE WEEK: NYTIMES: Infecting People Isn’t a Religious Right

Posted on 22 May, 2019

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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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

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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Story of the week – The FDA Approved a Dengue Fever Vaccine—Here’s What You Need to Know

Posted on 3 May, 2019

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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Article of the week: Measles in 2019 — Going Backward

Posted on 19 Apr, 2019

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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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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