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Scotland’s HPV Vaccine Is Already Dramatically Lowering Rates of Cervical Disease

A new study out Wednesday in the BMJ is the latest to showcase even the short-term benefits of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. It found that the routine vaccination of preteen girls in Scotland, starting in 2008, led to drastically lower rates of cervical disease by the time the girls turned 20. That included conditions known to raise the risk of cervical cancer later on in life. Read More >>

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Instagram Purges Its Platform of Some Popular Anti-Vaccine Hashtags, But Others Are Still Thriving

Following an investigative report by the Atlantic on the prevalence of misinformation on Instagram, the company appears to be scrubbing its platform of some popular anti-vaxxer content. Read More >>

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Twitter CEO’s Newest Podcast Bud is a Guy Who Claims Vaccines Cause Autism

Man, it would be great if tech CEOs would maybe not appear as guests for podcasts during which they smoke pot or engage in casual conversation with anti-vaxxers. And yet here we are. Read More >>

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Amazon Pulls Books Peddling Toxic “Autism Cures”

Amazon has pulled two books peddling pseudoscientific “autism cures” that promote giving children potentially toxic chemical baths and medication for mercury poisoning. Read More >>

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Italy Begins to Enforce ‘No Vaccines, No School’ Policy After Deadline Expires

Italian schools have begun turning away children who have not received mandatory vaccinations after a temporary waiver expired, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, with at least 300 children told they could not attend preschool in the city of Bologna this week. Read More >>

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It Took Two Months and Over £600,000 to Save an Unvaccinated 6-Year-Old From Tetanus

A new case report from the Centers for Disease Control released Thursday starkly highlights the costs of not vaccinating children. It details a unvaccinated 6-year-old boy’s encounter with tetanus – and the hugely expensive, two-month-long effort it took to save his life. Read More >>

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Facebook Decides Anti-Vax Conspiracies Aren’t Part of the Business Model Anymore

Facebook, the very open platform that would like to be the opposite of that in the near future, announced a big change this week: It will no longer be a dumping grounds for the anti-vaccination conspiracies of a few misinformed clowns. Read More >>

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Amazon Appears to Yank Anti-Vaxxer Documentaries From Prime Video Streaming

Following an open letter from American politician Adam Schiff calling on Jeff Bezos to curb the promotion of anti-vaccination content and videos on Amazon, it appears his website has done just that. Read More >>

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YouTube Pulls Ads From Anti-Vaccination Videos That Violate Its Policies

YouTube has removed ads from videos that promoted anti-vaccination rhetoric and violated its ad policies, BuzzFeed News reported Friday. The site reported that at least seven advertisers were unaware that their brands were being attached to this kind of content and despite the fact that YouTube’s ad policies aren’t new. Read More >>

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136 People Have Died in Measles Outbreak in the Philippines Linked to Vaccination Fears, Official Says

Thousands of people have been infected in a measles outbreak that has been linked to the deaths of 136 people, according to the Philippine health secretary on Monday. The Associated Press reported that most of those who died were young children, with roughly half between the ages of 1 and 4. Read More >>

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Facebook Swears It’s Going to Do a Better Job at Not Spreading Dangerous Anti-Vaccine Content

Facebook is considering ways it could prevent the spread of dangerous anti-vaccination content on the platform. Read More >>

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Ebola, HIV, Antivaxxers: The World Health Organization Names 2019’s Global Health Threats

The World Health Organization has firmly set its sights on the anti-vaccination movement. In a post this week, WHO listed vaccine hesitancy as one of the world’s top health threats to combat in 2019, right alongside other major problems like HIV, Ebola, and climate change. Read More >>

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Drone Delivers Vaccines for Baby in Island-Nation of Vanuatu in Historic Flight

A 1-month-old named Joy Nowai became the first person to ever get inoculated by vaccines delivered via drone yesterday. The baby lives on the island-nation of Vanuatu, where 1 in 5 children aren’t fully immunised and delivering vaccines can be difficult due to the terrain. Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health partnered with UNICEF to get the ambitious drone project underway Read More >>

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People Still Weird About the Flu Vaccine, Especially in America

While the flu is no picnic for anyone, it can be especially risky and sometimes deadly for young children. But a new survey suggests many people still avoid the flu vaccine because of misconceptions about how it works, including that the vaccine actually can give you the flu. Read More >>

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What Is Nipah, the Virus Spread by Bats That’s Killing People in India?

A deadly viral disease spread by bats is once again infecting humans, but in this case, it isn’t Ebola. As of 1 June, an outbreak of the Nipah virus has infected at least 18 people and killed 17 in Kerala, India, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. The outbreak, which is the first to hit South India, raises fears of the disease becoming more far-reaching. Read More >>