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USA:Vaccination exemptions backfire in Oregon measles outbreak

Posted on 2 Feb, 2019

  At least 43 people in Washington and Oregon have fallen ill in recent weeks with the extraordinarily contagious virus. BY GILLIAN FLACC USASSOCIATED PRESS   Jocelyn Smith says she hasn’t gone out in public with her youngest child, Mason, for …more

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China: If a Government Can’t Deliver Safe Vaccines for Children, Is It Fit to Rule?

Posted on 2 Feb, 2019

Earlier this month, hundreds of aggrieved parents gathered outside the government office in Jinhu County, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, demanding an explanation for why 145 infants had been administered expired doses of the polio vaccine. It was China’s fifth …more

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USA:Vaccination Exemptions Continue To Rise In California

Posted on 30 Jan, 2019

Here in California there’s a big focus on how children are skipping mandatory vaccinations. Dr. Richard Pan, a state senator and pediatrician, says the only way for a child to start school without being vaccinated is with a doctor’s note and those …more

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Malaysia:Myth busters out to give antidote to anti-vaccine arguments

Posted on 27 Jan, 2019

 Those who oppose vaccination often cite a variety of reasons ranging from doubts on the halal status of vaccines to their allegedly questionable contents. Sometimes, they even invoke conspiracy theories involving a “New World Order” which they claim manufactured viruses …more

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DRCongo: Experts caution against stagnation of immunization coverage in Africa

Posted on 27 Jan, 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 populations to vaccine-preventable diseases and …more

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USA: Measles outbreak grows in anti-vaccination ‘hot spot’ in northwest U.S.

Posted on 27 Jan, 2019

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON – The number of confirmed measles cases near Portland grew to 30 on Friday — an outbreak boosted by lower-than-normal vaccination rates in what has been called an anti-vaccination U.S. “hot spot.” Public health officials in southwest Washington, just …more

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Papua New Guinea: WHO Confirms 26 polio cases

Posted on 26 Jan, 2019

SINCE the outbreak of polio in Jun 2018 in PNG, there have been 26 confirmed cases affecting children in nine provinces. According to World Health Organisation (WHO) country representative Dr Luo Dapeng, the last case was confirmed in a 11-month-old …more

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UK: Only 16% of teens complete HPV vaccine series by age 13 years

Posted on 26 Jan, 2019

A recent analysis of data from the National Immunization Survey-Teen found that only 16% of U.S. adolescents completed HPV vaccination before the age of 13 years and only 35% before turning 15 years of age. The Advisory Committee on Immunization …more

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USA: Amid a Measles Outbreak, an Ultra-Orthodox Nurse Fights Vaccination Fears in Her Community

Posted on 26 Jan, 2019

UK: Parents’ vaccine side effects fear ‘fuelled by social media’

Posted on 25 Jan, 2019

Fear of a vaccine’s side effects is the top reason for people refusing them, a report from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) suggests. Among parents, this was fuelled by social media, with up to half exposed to negative …more

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Literature Literature archive

Lee TH, McGlynn EA, Safran DG. 2019 JAMA 321(6):539–540. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.19186
MJ Bayefsky, LOGostin 2018 JAMA Pediatr. online Dec 28, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.4283
K I Hammanyero, S Bawa, F Braka, et al. 2018 BMC Public Health Vol 18 (Suppl 4) :1306 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-6193-z

Videos Video archive

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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