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DR Congo:Building trust is essential to combat the Ebola outbreak

Posted on 31 Mar, 2019

A disaster is quietly unfolding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where Ebola has infected nearly 1,000 people and killed more than 600. It is the second-largest outbreak of the disease — and epidemiologists worry that it will continue to grow because the virus could be spreading undetected. New cases are being diagnosed late, which means that the virus has ample time to spread.

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Philippines: Dengue fever threat looms in Philippines amid vaccine fears and deadly measles outbreak

Posted on 30 Mar, 2019

As Filipino families head to the beach, the mountains or just chill at home for the long spring-summer break at the end of March, health authorities are hoping the two-month holiday will provide respite in an ongoing war against measles and a worrying rise in dengue fever cases.

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Japan: Court rules against journalist in HPV vaccine defamation case

Posted on 29 Mar, 2019

A Japanese court ruled yesterday that a medical journalist who has championed vaccination to reduce the risk of cervical cancer defamed a neurologist by writing that he had fabricated data showing a link between the vaccine and brain damage in mice.

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USA: New York county declares measles outbreak emergency

Posted on 27 Mar, 2019

Rockland County, on the Hudson river north of New York City, has barred unvaccinated children from public spaces after 153 cases were confirmed.
Violating the order will be punishable by a fine of $500 (£378) and up to six months in prison.

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DRCongo: Why are Ebola clinics being attacked?

Posted on 25 Mar, 2019

AT DUSK ON February 27th a group of young men dressed as football players were kicking a ball around a pitch besides an Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, a city in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Suddenly men with guns and machetes sprang out of the bush and handed weapons to those masquerading as footballers. Together, they charged into the centre. As the sick fled, along with health workers, the men splashed petrol around before tossing in lit matches. When nurses crept back later they found the smouldering remains of the pharmacy, archive room, hand-washing station and vehicles.

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USA: Censorship or social responsibility? Amazon removes some books peddling vaccine misinformation.

Posted on 25 Mar, 2019

YouTube said it was banning anti-vaccination videos from running online advertisements. Facebook announced it was hiding certain content and turning away ads that contain misinformation about vaccines, and Pinterest said it was blocking “polluted” search terms, memes and pins from particular sites prompting anti-vaccine propaganda, according to news reports.

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Vatican: Vaccine use safe, not linked to autism, abortion support

Posted on 23 Mar, 2019

A northern Kentucky family is suing the health department there on religious grounds linked to abortion for not allowing their unvaccinated son to attend his Catholic school where a chickenpox outbreak has prompted a ban on unvaccinated students until the outbreak of more than 30 cases is contained.

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USA: New research targets anti-vaccination comments on Facebook

Posted on 22 Mar, 2019

Anti-vaccination content on Facebook extends beyond the thoroughly debunked myth that vaccines cause autism, a new study reports. Instead, a team of researchers found four flavors of anti-vaccine misinformation that may discourage parents from vaccinating their children.

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Africa: Experts caution against stagnation of immunization coverage

Posted on 22 Mar, 2019

Global immunization experts attending the biannual Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) meeting urged African countries to strengthen their routine immunization. Over the past five years, immunization coverage in sub-Saharan Africa has stagnated at 72%, exposing populationssuffer from vaccine-prevent to vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks.

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Ireland: Laura Brennan,HPV vaccine campaigner dies aged 26

Posted on 22 Mar, 2019

One of Ireland’s leading HPV vaccine campaigners has died. Laura Brennan, from Hillview in County Clare, had cervical cancer. She died at University Hospital Limerick on Thursday, according to Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE). The organisation said the 26 year old’s campaigning led to a surge of almost 20% in the number of young women taking the HPV vaccine.

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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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