Media/Policy Watch

Media/Policy Watch
This watch section is intended to alert readers to substantive news, analysis and opinion from the general media and selected think tanks and similar organizations on vaccines, immunization, global public health and related themes. Media Watch is not intended to be exhaustive, but indicative of themes and issues CVEP is actively tracking. This section will grow from an initial base of newspapers, magazines and blog sources, and is segregated from Journal Watch above which scans the peer-reviewed journal ecology.

We acknowledge the Western/Northern bias in this initial selection of titles and invite suggestions for expanded coverage. We are conservative in our outlook in adding news sources which largely report on primary content we are already covering above. Many electronic media sources have tiered, fee-based subscription models for access. We will provide full-text where content is published without restriction, but most publications require registration and some subscription level.
The Atlantic
Accessed 28 October 2017
Why Do We Need Separate Chicken-Pox and Shingles Vaccines?
The two diseases are caused by the same virus but strike different groups of people.
Sarah Zhang   Oct 25, 2017
“It’s a real paradigm shift because there are no vaccines that perform so extraordinarily well for people in their 70s and their 80s.”

National Geographic
Accessed 28 October 2017
Here’s Why Vaccines Are So Crucial
If children in poor countries got the shots that rich countries take for granted, hundreds of thousands of young lives could be saved.
By Cynthia Gorney

New York Times
Accessed 28 October 2017
The Long War on Polio, as Recalled by Its Generals
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. OCT. 20, 2017
‘Coffee With Polio Experts” will not be picked up by Hulu anytime soon, but there is something compelling in these short videos put out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
The formula is simple: Doctors who have spent years fighting polio in the world’s most remote regions sit down over coffee with a World Health Organization representative to tell war stories.
The production values are amateurish — cups rattle, the bustle of the coffee shop intrudes. But the tales can be gripping, and they are recalled by soldiers who save lives rather than taking them…
Washington Post
Accessed 28 October 2017
Mom jailed for not vaccinating son doesn’t want future shots
Associated Press · National · Oct 28, 2017
PONTIAC, Mich. — A suburban Detroit mother who served jail time for violating a court order to have her son vaccinated is asking a judge to prevent any future vaccinations.
The Detroit Free Press reports that 40-year-old Rebecca Bredow’s lawyer Clarence Dass says she will have to convince an Oakland County judge that avoiding future vaccinations is “in the best interests of the child.” Bredow opposes vaccines, but her ex-husband, the boy’s father, wants the boy vaccinated.
An Oakland County judge earlier this month sent the Ferndale woman to jail for five days for ignoring a Sept. 27 order to vaccinate the child.
Dass has said in court filings that Bredow “believes that the risks to vaccinations outweigh the benefits.” A judge hasn’t yet scheduled a hearing on Bredow’s latest request.