Blog archive

The Nigeria polio emergency

Posted on 10 Sep, 2012

This week Abuja is hosting the 24th session of Nigeria’s Expert Review Committee (ERC) on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunisation. And, the news is sobering. Despite Nigeria’s persisting efforts, according to Bruce Aylward, WHO Assistant Director-General leading the polio eradication …more

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But, didn’t we solve “that” (measles) problem yet?

Posted on 27 Aug, 2012

What do Pakistan, the UK, the US and Australia have in common? Well, many things might come to mind, but surprisingly they are all struggling with one of the most common vaccine-preventable diseases. Measles. Here’s another question. Which vaccine has …more

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What do AIDS denialism and anti-vaccinationism have in common?

Posted on 6 Aug, 2012

I recently read a Perspective piece in the Lancet (28 July 2012) by Nicoli Nattrass  called, “How bad ideas gain social traction.” While the article was about AIDS denialism, many of the key points reminded me of those who refuse …more

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Whooping cough is back (again)

Posted on 30 Jul, 2012

“Confirmed cases of whooping cough in England and Wales reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) are continuing to rise, with a further 675 cases reported in June, bringing the total so far this year to 2,466, more than double …more

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Shaken Confidence

Posted on 23 Jul, 2012

“The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF are deeply saddened by the killing of Mr. Muhammad Ishaq, a local community worker who was part of the Polio Eradication Initiative in Pakistan. Mr. Ishaq was shot and killed in the Gadap …more

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Risk perceptions:  A question of over-confidence?

Posted on 16 Jul, 2012

This week in Sydney, Australia,the Society for Risk Analysis is convening their annual World Congress on Risk, this year on the theme of “Risk and Development in a Changing World.” The conference sessions address a range of topics on risks …more

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Pax Polio?

Posted on 9 Jul, 2012

The Lancet published an important article this past week (on-line 3 July 2012)—“The effect of mass immunisation campaigns and new oral poliovirus vaccine on the incidence of poliomyelitis in Pakistan and Afghanistan, 2001-2011”. The research points to good news and …more

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Mass gatherings

Posted on 25 Jun, 2012

What do sports, religion, and rock stars all have in common?  And what do they have to do with confidence in vaccines and public health? Sports events, religious festivals and rock concerts all draw a crowd, or a “mass gathering” …more

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Keeping Perspective

Posted on 18 Jun, 2012

The recent news of the ban on polio vaccination in North Waziristan, Pakistan, called for by Taliban warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur, has dominated the polio presscoverage.  There has been an appeal by the local polio programme for dialogue to resolve …more

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“Game changers”:  Whose game is being changed?

Posted on 14 Jun, 2012

This week London hosted the Pacific Health Summit, in reality a Global Health Summit, born in Seattle. The theme was “Game Changers” and focused on technologies for health. Not just health technologies, but technologies for health. While some specific technologies …more

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Videos Video archive

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.

VCP Research Fellow Emilie Karafillakis comments on the anti-vaccination movement, the role of social media and the importance of rebuilding trust. 

Literature Literature archive

KT Paul, K Loer 2019 Journal of Public Health Policy Volume 40, Issue 2
J Kennedy 2019 The European Journal of Public Health Vol. 29, No. 3, 512–516
C Lynderup Lübker,E Lynge 2019 European Journal of Public Health Vol 29 (3):500–505.
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