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UK: MMR vaccine: one in seven five-year-olds in England may not be immunised

Posted on 20 Aug, 2019

Singapore: Why is Singapore’s adult vaccination rate so low?

Posted on 18 Aug, 2019

The concept of adult vaccination —  other than for travel overseas —  is relatively new in Singapore. The rationale, however, is similar to that of childhood vaccination.

Vaccine-preventable diseases such as influenza, pneumococcal disease and even measles continue to infect significant numbers of adults each year.

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India: Surge in diphtheria cases hints towards need for routine booster vaccine

Posted on 18 Aug, 2019

Philippines: ‘Fanning hysteria’ about the dengue vaccine

Posted on 18 Aug, 2019

Amid controversy over an unsigned manifesto, the Office of the Ombudsman has found sufficient ground to launch a formal investigation of Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta and PAO’s forensics head Erwin Erfe.

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Australia: Bogus Paper Claims HPV Vaccine Causes Infertility, Scientists Shred It to Pieces

Posted on 18 Aug, 2019

The vaccine for human papilloma virus (HPV) is a feat of modern medicinethat has proved to be both perfectly safe and highly effective.

After more than a decade of monitoring and research, scientists have found no solid evidence that the vaccine causes fertility problems. And yet, there are still some who refuse to accept this.

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DRCongo: Ebola has been raging for a year: this is why we need a second vaccine

Posted on 17 Aug, 2019

Vaccines have been one of the most powerful innovations in the history of health, slashing rates of many killer childhood diseases such as polio, diphtheria and measles.

And in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where an outbreak of Ebolahas been ongoing for just over a year, a vaccine has undoubtedly played a major role in stopping the disease from spiralling out of control and turning it into a repeat of the 2014-16 epidemic in West Africa which killed more than 11,000 people. 

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Global : Measles outbreaks make 2019 a record-setting year

Posted on 15 Aug, 2019

Measles continues to spread in global outbreaks, with the first 6 months of 2019 producing more measles cases than any year since 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a new report on measles activity in the first half of 2019.

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Uganda: Vaccine trial puts African scientists at forefront of Ebola research

Posted on 14 Aug, 2019

In August 2015 Dr Sakoba Keita, who led the Ebola response in Guinea during the largest Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen, declared: the Ebola vaccine is a gift from Guinea to West Africa and the world. This was just …more

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Ghana: Affected by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus from Nigeria

Posted on 14 Aug, 2019

irculation of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been confirmed in Ghana, related to a cVDPV2 affecting Jigawa, Nigeria. Across the GPEI partnership, the outbreak preparedness and response task team (OPRTT) is working with our regional and country colleagues in …more

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USA: Parents block California’s effort to investigate ‘fake’ vaccine exemptions

Posted on 14 Aug, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California medical regulators have been flooded with complaints about doctors accused of writing improper vaccine exemptions for children, with at least 186 accusations filed in the last four years. But a large number of those complaints— more than …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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