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Pakistan: Council of Islamic Ideology ratifies 100 Fatwas in support of polio vaccination

Posted on 15 Oct, 2019

Philippines: Disease outbreaks linked to vaccine fear

Posted on 15 Oct, 2019

[MANILA] “Some mothers call health workers on immunisation drives child killers,” says Lulu Bravo, professor emeritus at the College of Medicine, University of the Philippines, describing a trend towards vaccine hesitancy that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of children.   Vaccine …more

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USA: Anti-vaccination groups still crowdfunding on Facebook despite crackdown

Posted on 12 Oct, 2019

Activists planning to line California roadways with anti-vaccination billboards full of misinformation are paying for them through Facebook fundraisers, despite a platform-wide crackdown on such campaigns. According to organizers, the billboards will feature the faces of two children whose parents …more

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UK: We MUST stop school gates being a breeding ground for MMR myths, says NHS England Chief Executive SIMON STEVENS

Posted on 12 Oct, 2019

We MUST stop school gates being a breeding ground for MMR myths, says NHS England Chief Executive SIMON STEVENS The World Health Organisation has announced the UK is no longer measles-free Recent Government report showed vaccination rates had fallen across …more

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Philippines: Polio returns after 19 years

Posted on 12 Oct, 2019

There is an outbreak of polio in the Philippines and travellers are advised to ensure they are vaccinated against the disease.   The disease is re-emerging in the country 19 years after it was declared polio-free, according to the Department …more

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DR Congo: Parents Rush to Get Measles Vaccine After Recent Outbreak Kills Thousands of Children in the

Posted on 12 Oct, 2019

Hypolite Mandala and his wife, Nadège, were among the first parents to arrive for the measles vaccination at Nzombi Health Centre in Masi Manimba, a village 400 km south of Kinshasa. They brought their 3-year-old triplet girls. The children had …more

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Switzerland: ‘Alarming upsurge’ in measles has devastating impact, WHO warns

Posted on 12 Oct, 2019

LONDON (Reuters) – Measles is staging a devastating comeback in epidemics across the world as the virus exploits dangerous gaps in vaccination coverage, World Health Organization (WHO) experts said on Friday. Speaking after a two-day meeting of the Strategic Advisory …more

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Philippines: Atienza, Garin square off in intense debate over Dengvaxia, confidence on national vaccination program

Posted on 8 Oct, 2019

By Ben Rosario A fierce debate on the dengvaxia controversy nearly resulted in the early adjournment of Tuesday’s House of Representatives’ plenary session. Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza and Senior Deputy Minority Leader Janette Garin (NP, Iloilo) (MANILA BULLETIN) The …more

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USA: The U.S. narrowly eked out a measles win, keeping elimination status

Posted on 5 Oct, 2019

Just in the nick of time, a nearly yearlong measles outbreak that threatened to strip the United States of a major public health achievement decades in the making has ended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on …more

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Philippines: Polio cases a warning for vulnerable Ukraine

Posted on 5 Oct, 2019

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

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Evans DR, et at. 2019 VACCINE Vol 37(40):6008-6015
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