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India: Ignoring other types of influenza with its focus on swine flu

Posted on 15 Mar, 2019

India is on track for another bad year of H1N1 or swine flu infections, recording more than 19,000 cases and more than 600 deaths since the beginning of the year. The worst outbreaks of this respiratory illness have occurred in the swine flu hotspots in western India – Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat – as well as in Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka and Telangana.

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Philippines: Measles deaths hit new high – 286 dead in 2 months

Posted on 14 Mar, 2019

MANILA – Measles deaths in the Philippines have hit a new high, with 286 fatalities recorded from January 1 to March 2 of this year, the Department of Health said Tuesday. This is seven times higher than the 39 measles deaths recorded from January 1 to March 2 of 2018.

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USA: An Unvaccinated Boy Got Tetanus. His Oregon Hospital Stay was 57 Days and $800,000.

Posted on 12 Mar, 2019

A 6-year-old boy was playing on a farm when he cut his forehead, a laceration that was simple enough to tend to at home.

But six days later, his parents realized something was seriously wrong: He was clenching his jaw, having trouble breathing and experiencing involuntary muscle spasms.

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Philippines: Measles Outbreak – Over 16,000 cases reported

Posted on 12 Mar, 2019

If you’re driving into San Lazaro Hospital in the Philippine capital Manila for the first time, you can be forgiven for thinking it’s a disaster zone. You can’t miss it – a big white tent sits across the hospital’s entrance. Inside the makeshift medical facility, there are beds that can accommodate up to 50 patients.

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Italy: Bans unvaccinated children from school

Posted on 12 Mar, 2019

Italian children have been told not to turn up to school unless they can prove they have been properly vaccinated.

The deadline follows months of national debate over compulsory vaccination.

Parents risk being fined up to €500 (£425; $560) if they send their unvaccinated children to school. Children under six can be turned away.

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Videos Video archive

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.

VCP Research Fellow Emilie Karafillakis comments on the anti-vaccination movement, the role of social media and the importance of rebuilding trust. 

Literature Literature archive

KT Paul, K Loer 2019 Journal of Public Health Policy Volume 40, Issue 2
J Kennedy 2019 The European Journal of Public Health Vol. 29, No. 3, 512–516
C Lynderup Lübker,E Lynge 2019 European Journal of Public Health Vol 29 (3):500–505. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky235
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