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Doctor wins 2017 John Maddox prize for countering HPV vaccine misinformation

Doctor wins 2017 John Maddox prize for countering HPV vaccine misinformation

Riko Muranaka awarded prize for efforts to explain jabs’s safety amid scare campaigns which have seen Japanese vaccination rate fall from over 70% to 1%A Japanese doctor who has stood up to a campaign
Suspended dengue vaccine was given to 730,000 children, Philippines says

Suspended dengue vaccine was given to 730,000 children, Philippines says

Sanofi’s Dengvaxia immunisation could worsen disease in some patients not previously exposed to virusThe Philippines has ordered an investigation into the immunisation of more than 730,000 children
WHO warns over measles immunisation rates as cases rise 400% across Europe

WHO warns over measles immunisation rates as cases rise 400% across Europe

2017 saw more than 21,000 cases and 35 deaths, with large outbreaks in one in four countries, says World Health OrganisationMeasles cases have soared across Europe over the last year, with large
Disgraced anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield aims to advance his agenda in Texas election

Disgraced anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield aims to advance his agenda in Texas election

Wakefield sees Houston primary as a new start after his anti-vaccine theories were debunked and medical license revokedAnti-vaccine campaigners have found a growing political voice for their debunked
Afghan clerics in talks with Isis to break polio vaccine myths

Afghan clerics in talks with Isis to break polio vaccine myths

Islamic clerics consult with Taliban and Islamic State to ensure immunisation campaign goes ahead despite scepticism and distrustIslamic clerics have agreed to work with the Afghan government to
Amitabh Bachchan: 'Forget the Avengers, it took real heroes to make India polio-free'

Amitabh Bachchan: 'Forget the Avengers, it took real heroes to make India polio-free'

By reaching each child on the planet with life-saving vaccines, deadly diseases can be wiped out, says the Bollywood starThere was a time, not that long ago, when eradicating polio from my country
Zimbabwe moves to protect women from spiralling cervical cancer rates

Zimbabwe moves to protect women from spiralling cervical cancer rates

Major campaign to vaccinate young girls against human papilloma virus expected to reach almost every corner of country More than 800,000 girls in Zimbabwe will be vaccinated against the human
Wider use of rotavirus vaccine urged after 'potent' success of Malawi trial

Wider use of rotavirus vaccine urged after 'potent' success of Malawi trial

Dramatic fall in infant deaths prompts calls for national immunisation programmes to incorporate treatmentA rotavirus vaccine introduced in rural Malawi has reduced deaths from infant diarrhoea by
Russian trolls 'spreading discord' over vaccine safety online

Russian trolls 'spreading discord' over vaccine safety online

Study discovered several accounts, now known to belong to the same Russian trolls who interfered in the US election, tweeting about vaccinesBots and Russian trolls spread misinformation about vaccines
'A lurking beast': polio casts shadow over Papua New Guinea independence day

'A lurking beast': polio casts shadow over Papua New Guinea independence day

Sunday should be a day of celebration but the outbreak has brought anger at a lack of health funding while millions are spent on the Apec summitAt a waiting room in Port Moresby’s Gerehu general
Australia on track to wipe out cervical cancer within 20 years

Australia on track to wipe out cervical cancer within 20 years

Research says disease will soon be a rarity thanks to screening and school immunisationAustralia looks set to become the first country in the world to wipe out cervical cancer, thanks to national
Powdered polio vaccine brings hope to Nigeria and Pakistan

Powdered polio vaccine brings hope to Nigeria and Pakistan

New method of freeze-drying IPV maintains its potency in hot conditionsA polio vaccine that can be stored as a dried powder at room temperature could offer a new way to help eradicate the disease,
Italy's M5S sacks entire board of health experts, sparking political interference concerns

Italy's M5S sacks entire board of health experts, sparking political interference concerns

Concern as Giulia Grillo, from the vaccine-sceptic Five Star Movement, says she will replace esteemed panel with ‘other deserving personalities’Italy’s health minister has sacked the entire board of
Measles cases at highest for 20 years in Europe, as anti-vaccine movement grows

Measles cases at highest for 20 years in Europe, as anti-vaccine movement grows

A climate of doubt about vaccine safety is putting lives at risk, experts warnA growing anti-vaccine movement in Europe, fuelled by social media and anti-establishment populists, is putting lives at
Is the anti-vaccine movement putting lives at risk?

Is the anti-vaccine movement putting lives at risk?

The re-emergence of the disgraced doctor Andrew Wakefield has fueled a resurgence of vaccine scepticism among rightwing populists. After a surge in measles outbreaks across the EU in 2018, Sarah
Top cancer scientist dies after yellow fever vaccination

Top cancer scientist dies after yellow fever vaccination

Prince William pays tribute to Royal Marsden’s Prof Martin Gore, a ‘source of inspiration’ Prof Martin Gore, 67, one of the UK’s leading cancer scientists, has died as a result of a yellow fever
Anti-vaxxers targeting parents of new babies on social media – report

Anti-vaxxers targeting parents of new babies on social media – report

Charity says half of parents of small children have seen negative or misleading claimsHalf of all parents with small children have been exposed to misinformation about vaccines on social media,
Measles outbreak in Philippines kills 70, with vaccine fearmongering blamed

Measles outbreak in Philippines kills 70, with vaccine fearmongering blamed

The deaths, mostly of children, are part of an alarming wave of measles cases worldwide over the past few yearsThe Philippines is in the midst of a growing measles crisis, with at least 70 deaths,
Facebook under pressure to halt rise of anti-vaccination groups

Facebook under pressure to halt rise of anti-vaccination groups

Experts are calling on company to counter closed groups where members can post misinformation without challenge Facebook is under pressure to stem the rise of anti-vaccination groups spreading false
Wife of White House communications chief goes on anti-vaccine tirade

Wife of White House communications chief goes on anti-vaccine tirade

Former Fox producer Darla Shine spreads conspiracy theories about measles outbreak on TwitterThe wife of White House communications director Bill Shine on Wednesday went on an anti-vaccine tirade