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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 ) 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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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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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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