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.

Accessed 25 November 2017
Yemen war: First aid flights arrive since blockade
Nov 25, 2017
The first aid flights since the Saudi-led coalition imposed a blockade on rebel-held areas three weeks ago have landed in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.
They include a UN flight carrying 1.9m doses of vaccines, Meritxell Relano, Unicef representative in Yemen tweeted…

Accessed 25 November 2017
Just Two Measles Cases Cost Taxpayers $68,192 In Colorado
Tara Haelle, Contributor
25 November 2017
The cost of the public health response to a single measles case can exceed $100,000 depending on circumstances.

HPV Vaccination Immunity Remains Strong 10 Years Later, Especially For Preteens
Tara Haelle, Contributor
22 November 2017
The vaccine against human papilloma virus (HPV) is safe and effective at preventing infection, according to new findings from one of the longest follow-up industry-funded studies of the four-strain HPV vaccine to date.
The study, published in Pediatrics, also revealed data supporting the rationale behind recommending the vaccine to boys and girls at 9-12 years old. Not only are these ages long before most kids become sexually active, but those who received the vaccine at these younger ages had stronger immunity against HPV than those who received the vaccine more than two years later…

Foreign Affairs
Accessed 25 November 2017
Health   Snapshot
Ready for a Global Pandemic?
The Trump Administration May Be Woefully Underprepared
Nov 21, 2017
Tom Inglesby and Benjamin Haas
Huffington Post
Accessed 25 November 2017
Measles: eliminated, but not out of the game
| 16 November 2017
By Orin Levine

Washington Post
Accessed 25 November 2017
States prepare to shut down children’s health programs if Congress doesn’t act
Officials in nearly a dozen states are preparing to notify families that a crucial health insurance program for low-income children is running out of money for the first time since its creation two decades ago, putting coverage for many at risk by the end of the year…
Longtime physician William Rees remembers the years before CHIP’s safety net, when families without coverage would put off bringing a sick child to the doctor until symptoms were so severe they would end up in a hospital emergency room.
“Pediatrics is mostly preventive medicine, it’s so important what we do,” said Rees, who has practiced in Northern Virginia since 1975. “It’s about trying to keep up with routine visits. If [children] don’t have insurance, that often doesn’t happen, so CHIP keeps them in the system and they get their vaccines when they’re due.”…
Colby Itkowitz and Sandhya Somashekhar · Health-Environment-Science · Nov 23, 201