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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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American Medical Assoc appeals to Social Media Platforms

Posted on 17 Mar, 2019

The American Medical Association has followed Member of Congress  in appealing to technology company heads to ensure accurate information on vaccines(full letter below).  While I fully support an appeal to address some of amplifying algorithms and other technical mechanisms that …more

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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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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

AB. Wiyeh, et al. 2019 Vaccine Vol 37:6317–6323
Evans DR, et at. 2019 VACCINE Vol 37(40):6008-6015
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