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Thiomersal vaccines debate continues ahead of UN meeting

Posted on 23 Jun, 2012
Nayanah Siva. 2012. Lancet 379(9834):2328 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61002-2

Experts are meeting for the fourth time at the end of June to discuss a global treaty on mercury. But such an agreement could hinder vaccination programmes worldwide. Nayanah Siva reports.

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Do cervical cancer data justify HPV vaccination in India?

Posted on 22 Jun, 2012
Allyson Pollock. 2012. J R Soc Med 105(6): 250-262

The Indian government suspended research in April 2010 on the feasibility and safety of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in two Indian states (Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat) amid public concerns about its safety. This paper describes cervical cancer and cancer surveillance …more

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Perceptions of mumps and MMR vaccination among university students in England: An online survey.

Posted on 21 Jun, 2012
Bolton-Maggs D, Conrad D, Keenan A, Lamden K, Ghebrehewet S, Vivancos R. 2012. Vaccine 30(34):5081-5 doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2012.05.078

Mumps is easily preventable through vaccination. Investigation of a number of recent mumps outbreaks in universities in the North West of England, however, found that affected students were either not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated. An online survey of students …more

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Frequency of Alternative Immunization Schedule Use in a Metropolitan Area

Posted on 18 Jun, 2012
Steve G. Robison, Holly Groom and Collette Young. 2012. Pediatrics 130(1):32-38

OBJECTIVES: Recent studies have described an increase in parental hesitancy regarding vaccines as well as increases in parental adoption of vaccine schedules that delay or limit receipt of recommended vaccines. This study quantifies potential prevalence and trends in alternative schedule …more

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Cervical Cancer and HPV Vaccination: Knowledge and Attitudes of Adult Women in Lusaka, Zambia.

Posted on 12 Jun, 2012
FW Liu, B Vwalika, MR Hacker, S Allen and CS Awtrey. 2012. Journal of Vaccines and Vaccination 3(3)

Of the estimated 525,000 new cases of cervical cancer and 275,000 deaths from cervical cancer in 2008, over 85% were in developing countries [1]. Cervical cancer accounts for over 2.7 million years of life lost among women between the ages …more

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Special Issue: The Role of Internet Use in Vaccination Decisions

Posted on 28 May, 2012
Ed. C Betsch and K Sachse. 2012. Vaccine 30(25):3723-3818

A growing number of people use the Internet to obtain health information, including information about vaccines. Websites promoting interaction among users are becoming increasingly popular. Users of these so-called Web 2.0 applications (e.g. social media, online discussion boards, etc.) comprise …more

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When Pro-Vaccine Messaging Backfires

Posted on 13 May, 2012
Christie Nicholson. 2012. Scientific American: Mind and Brain

Americans get a stream of messages telling them to avoid vaccines, from Jenny McCarthy on Oprah to billboard animations shown in Times Square. The responsible solution—fight back with forceful pro-vaccine messaging, right? Actually, fighting fire with fire may backfire, according …more

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Measles in the 21st Century

Posted on 10 May, 2012
EK Mulholland, UK Griffiths, and R Biellik. 2012. N Engl J Med 366:1755-1757 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1202396

Barely 20 years ago, such a high proportion of childhood deaths globally was attributable to measles that the going estimate of more than 1 million measles-related deaths per year was almost certainly an underestimate. Pediatric wards in the developing world …more

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Predictors of Knowledge of H1N1 Infection and Transmission in the U.S. Population

Posted on 3 May, 2012
Elena Savoia, Marcia A Testa and Kasisomayajula Viswanath. 2012. BMC Public Health 12:328 DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-328

Background The strength of a society’s response to a public health emergency depends partly on meeting the needs of all segments of the population, especially those who are most vulnerable and subject to greatest adversity. Since the early stages of …more

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The role of publics in the introduction of new vaccines

Posted on 2 May, 2012
P Paterson and HJ Larson. 2012. Health Policy and Planning 27:ii77–ii79 doi:10.1093/heapol/czs038

KEY MESSAGES: The ‘public’ in public engagement could be a variety of stakeholders. Engaging with the public builds trust and helps to identify concerns that need to be addressed. There is a need for more research on the impact of …more

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Videos Video archive

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission joined forces to tackle the issue at the first global vaccination summit. Although many of them live in developing countries with poor access to vaccines, scientists are worried that anti-vaccination campaigners in the developed world are spreading misinformation on social media. So what’s the cure for their scepticism?

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.

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