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USA: Washington lawmakers pass bill to limit MMR vaccine exemption options

Posted on 19 Apr, 2019

Washington lawmakers pass bill to limit MMR vaccine exemption options   prev next Video       Nearly 300 US mumps cases reported in March MMR vaccine does not cause autism, another study confirms FDA chief: Feds may have to …more

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Israel: Flight attendant who contracted measles in a coma.

Posted on 19 Apr, 2019

sraeli flight attendant who contracted measles in a coma. Vaccine urged for flight crews Israeli health officials issued an alert earlier this month about a measles patient who had traveled on El Al Flight 2 on March 26 and 27 …more

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Germany: Measles vaccine could be compulsory for kids

Posted on 17 Apr, 2019

Pakistan: Polio Worker’s Murder Highlights Plight of Vaccination Drive

Posted on 12 Apr, 2019

MOHMAND, Pakistan — Walid Ali had worked tirelessly to cleanse a remote, impoverished corner of northwestern Pakistan of the crippling disease polio.But his family is now reeling from his untimely death. Earlier this week, Wajid was allegedly killed by a man after a reported remonstration over his refusal to vaccinate his children.“He said, ‘I am paid to serve the children of our nation, and I want to do this honestly,’” his elderly father, Malik Bakhth Muneer, told Radio Mashaal of the last conversation he had with his son. It was the morning of April 8, before Wajid left to vaccinate children in the rural district of Mohmand in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

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Canada: 9 in 10 Canadians believe vaccines should be mandatory for school

Posted on 7 Apr, 2019

The vast majority of Canadians believe that vaccinations should be mandatory for school-aged children, according to a new poll.In an exclusive Ipsos poll prepared for Global News, 88 per cent of Canadians said they would approve of legislation to make it mandatory for all school-aged children to be up to date on their vaccinations unless there is a medical reason why they can’t be immunized. Two-thirds of Canadians said they would strongly approve of such legislation.“Canadians definitely feel that vaccinations are important and should be legislated,” said Jennifer McLeod Macey, vice-president of Ipsos Public Affairs. “Canadians would also go so far as to say this is important enough that it needs to be posted so I can go somewhere and I can know that this school is compliant or this daycare is compliant.”…

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USA: Vaccine wars: Social media battle outbreak of bogus claims

Posted on 7 Apr, 2019

Like health officials facing outbreaks of disease, internet companies are trying to contain vaccine-related misinformation they have long helped spread. So far, their efforts at quarantine are falling short.Searches of Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram turn up all sorts of bogus warnings about vaccines, including the soundly debunked notions that they cause autism or that mercury preservatives and other substances in them can poison and even kill people….

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USA: NY judge rules against Rockland County measles ban

Posted on 7 Apr, 2019

ROCKLAND COUNTY -A judge has granted a temporary restraining order to halt Rockland County’s measles emergency order, which temporarily banned unvaccinated kids from public places.The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by several dozen parents of unvaccinated students at the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge. Another lawsuit was also filed by an unnamed mother from Rockland County.  The lawsuit claimed Rockland officials overstepped their authority with the 30-day emergency order banning children under the age of 18 from schools, places of worship and other public areas if they haven’t been vaccinated against measles…

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Hong Kong: Measles infections hit 55 in 2019 as another airport worker falls ill

Posted on 7 Apr, 2019

Another worker at Hong Kong airport was on Saturday found to have been infected with measles, bringing the number of cases in the city this year to 55.The 25-year-old customer service officer contracted the disease despite a previous vaccination and past good health. He developed a fever on Tuesday followed by a rash two days later.The city’s Centre for Health Protection said the man worked on the seventh floor of Terminal 1, and had consulted a general practitioner on Friday before attending the emergency unit of North Lantau Hospital later in the day. He was then transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung for treatment…

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Pakistan: Polio, the progress and difficulties

Posted on 5 Apr, 2019

Polio, Pakistan, the progress and difficulties with WHO spokesperson, Oliver Rosenbauer
by ROBERT HERRIMAN
April 4, 2019 Headlines, Outbreak News TV

Thanks to vaccinations, cases of wild poliovirus globally have dropped dramatically. In the 1980s the estimated global number of paralytic cases was over 350,000 per year and the disease was still prevalent in 125 countries.

Fast forward to 2018 and there was 33 cases in two of the three remaining endemic countries–Pakistan and Afghanistan.

How did we get here and what are the hurdles left to eliminating polio from the face of the earth?…

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Scotland: HPV vaccine linked to ‘near elimination’ of cervical cancer

Posted on 5 Apr, 2019

New Scientist

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Literature Literature archive

Larson HJ, Schulz WS. 2019 SCIENCE VOL 364 ISSUE 6436
O Baggio, C A Camara and C Prue 2019 Humanitarian Exchange Magazine Number 74, February 2019
R. Wilson, P. Paterson , H. J. Larson 2019 BMC Public Health 19:342 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6655-y

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Key figures share their perspectives on a controversy that led to the suspension of Ebola vaccine clinical trials in Ghana.

Drs. Heidi Larson and Pauline Paterson of the Vaccine Confidence Project join episode 50 of the Public Health United podcast with Nina Martin, November 2017.

Drs. Larson and Paterson join a discussion on vaccine confidence at Hong Kong University.  September, 2015.

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