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USA: Texas almost mandated an HPV vaccine before politics got in the way.

Posted on 13 Aug, 2019

Texas almost mandated an HPV vaccine before politics got in the way. Now, the state has one of the country’s highest rates of cervical cancer. The state’s approach stands in stark contrast to that of Australia, where leaders have successfully …more

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Israel: El Al stewardess dies after being infected with measles

Posted on 13 Aug, 2019

A stewardess of Israel’s El Al airline died Tuesday, following a months-long battle with measles. The 43-year-old stewardess was infected with the measles virus during a flight from New York to Israel five months ago. After she was infected, the …more

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Philippines: Science and politics

Posted on 12 Aug, 2019

Science and politics BY FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO AUGUST 12, 2019   FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO IF there are two characters that would make the strangest of bedfellows, these would be the scientist and the politician. One cultivates an insensitivity to …more

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USA: The US can learn from Rwanda on stamping out cervical cancer

Posted on 12 Aug, 2019

A recent study in the journal “Lancet” made a big splash when its authors concluded that cervical cancer could be eliminated worldwide “if sufficient population-level vaccination coverage can be reached.” Rwanda is certainly doing its part. The tiny African country …more

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Australia: Mum of three dies unexpectedly after coming down with the flu

Posted on 7 Aug, 2019

Dan Foulds lost his wife Jacinta Foulds when the mum of three contracted flu two weeks ago and became so sick she caught a secondary infection and pneumonia. The nail salon owner told the doctor she was unwell and she …more

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UK: More than 850 cases of suspected mumps reported in just six months

Posted on 3 Aug, 2019

More than 850 cases of suspected mumps have been reported in Nottinghamshire. That compares to just 85 suspected cases in the same period in 2018 – and it is the highest number since comparable records began in 2011.   The …more

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Ukraine: Measles cases slow, Expected to increase when school starts

Posted on 1 Aug, 2019

Measles cases in Ukraine have slowed considerably in recent weeks; however, officials say they will start increasing again after school starts in September. Image/CDC The Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine reported 214  measles cases during …more

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Vietnam: dengue cases top 100K through July

Posted on 1 Aug, 2019

Vietnam dengue cases top 100K through July by NEWS DESK July 30, 2019   By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews The dengue fever epidemic in Vietnam has exceeded 100,000 cases in the first seven months of 2019. According to Suckhoe Doisong report (computer translated), the country has …more

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DRCongo: Measles outbreak surpasses 120K cases, 2,000 deaths

Posted on 31 Jul, 2019

USA: Are Anti-vaxxers Conscientious Objectors?

Posted on 31 Jul, 2019

By April, 2019 was already a bad year for measles. Outbreaks were occurring all over the world, including in Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Sudan, Thailand, and Ukraine. In the Philippines, more than 200 people, most of them children, had died from …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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