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 13 January 2018
Flu stomps the nation, overwhelming ERs and leaving 20 children dead
By Susan Scutti, CNN
Updated 12:43 PM ET, Sat January 13, 2018

Accessed 13 January 2018
Wait, It Costs How Much? Biotech Balances Optimism, Uncertainty For 2018
Jan 11, 2018
Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff
Inventors, investors and fundraisers from the pharmaceutical industry arrived at the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, their annual kickoff party, with lots of questions. They’re probably leaving with them, too.
Have The People Taking Care Of You Been Vaccinated? A New Poll Finds Most People Want Them To Be
Jan 8, 2018
Robin Seaton Jefferson, Contributor
During one of the most potent outbreaks in recent history of influenza in the United States, a new poll finds most people want their caregivers to be protected against the disease. And it could make all the difference in who they chose to take care of them.

The Guardian
Accessed 13 January 2018
Northern Ireland
‘Australian flu’: spread prompts handshake ban in Northern Ireland churches
Catholic diocese of Down and Connor suspends ‘sign of peace’ during services and calls for sanitary measures around holy communion
A Catholic diocese in Northern Ireland has suspended the “sign of peace” handshake in its masses due to the risk of infection from a strain of the flu first seen in Australia in the southern hemisphere’s 2017 winter.
At least 170,000 cases were confirmed at the end of the Australian winter, more than twice as many as in 2016. Health officials say they logged 72 flu-related deaths.
The H3N2 virus, which is also referred to as “Australian flu” or “Aussie flu”, has spread across the UK and Ireland in recent weeks…

New York Times
Accessed 13 January 2018
Flu in U.S. Now Widespread but Season May Be Peaking: CDC
Seasonal influenza is now widespread across the continental United States, causing severe illness and rising numbers of hospitalizations, but this year’s outbreak may be peaking, government health officials said on Friday.
January 12, 2018 – By REUTERS

Philippines Exhumes Bodies of Two Children in Dengue Vaccine Probe
A Philippine government agency on Thursday exhumed the bodies of two children whose parents suspect they died of dengue after receiving a new vaccine against the disease, although its maker said it was not known to have caused any deaths in the co…
January 11, 2018 – By REUTERS –

Wall Street Journal,us&_homepage=/home/us
Accessed 13 January 2018
Safety Fears Threaten Global Dengue Vaccine Effort
By Betsy McKay, Noemie Bisserbe, Preetika Rana
Jan. 8, 2018 1:59 am ET
Sanofi’s recent disclosure of safety problems with the world’s only approved vaccine against the dengue has complicated efforts to contain a growing global epidemic, public-health experts say.

Washington Post
Accessed 13 January 2018
The anti-vaccine movement shows why Facebook is broken
Robert Gebelhoff · Opinions · Jan 9, 2018