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 Associated Press
Accessed 9 Mar 2019
CDC: Unvaccinated Oregon boy almost dies of tetanus

PO   RTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An unvaccinated 6-year-old Oregon boy was hospitalized for two months for tetanus and almost died of the bacterial illness after getting a deep cut while playing on a farm, according to a case study published Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The 2017 case is the first case of pediatric tetanus in Oregon in more than 30 years and alarmed infectious disease experts who said tetanus is almost unheard of in the U.S. since widespread immunization began in the 1940s.

The child received an emergency dose of the tetanus vaccine in the hospital, but his parents declined to give him a second dose — or any other childhood shots — after he recovered, the paper said…
The Atlantic
Accessed 9 Mar 2019
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Accessed 9 Mar 2019
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The Economist
Accessed 9 Mar 2019
Fever pitch
Measles outbreaks in America are getting harder to contain
The biggest have occurred among insular religious or immigrant groups
Mar 9th 2019
Financial Times
Accessed 9 Mar 2019
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Accessed 9 Mar 2019
Mar 8, 2019
An Unvaccinated Oregon Boy Got Tetanus And Spent 57 Days In The Hospital, Costing Over $800K
This was the first reported case of a child getting tetanus in Oregon in over 30 years.
By Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor

Foreign Affairs
Accessed 9 Mar 2019
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Foreign Policy
Accessed 9 Mar 2019
The World’s Many Measles Conspiracies Are All the Same
The deadly disease is spreading rapidly around the globe, fueled by a cratering of social trust.
March 6, 2019, 4:28 PM   Laurie Garrett

The Guardian
Accessed 9 Mar 2019
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New Yorker
Accessed 9 Mar 2019
Annals of Technology
Mark Zuckerberg’s Plans to Capitalize on Facebook’s Failures
Zuckerberg’s new vision is a more private Facebook, but this shift would only make the platform more likely to become a broadcast channel for all sorts of odious ideas and behaviors.
By Sue Halpern
March 7, 2019


New York Times
Accessed 9 Mar 2019
March 9, 2019
Sunday Review
The Real Horror of the Anti-Vaxxers
This isn’t just a public health crisis. It’s a public sanity one.
By Frank Bruni

March 9, 2019
Ebola Treatment Center in Congo Is Attacked Again; 1 Dead
Heavily armed assailants again attacked an Ebola treatment center in the heart of eastern Congo’s deadly outbreak on Saturday, with one police officer killed and health workers injured, authorities said, while frightened patients waited in isolation rooms for the gunfire to end.

March 8, 2019
NY Lawmakers: Let Minors Get Vaccinated Even if Parents Balk
A new bill in the New York state Legislature would allow minors to get vaccinated without parental consent.

March 8, 2019
Asia Pacific
As Polio Goal Nears, Pakistan Pushes Against Vaccine Misinformation
As Pakistan closes in on eradicating polio, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s office has urged the country’s telecoms regulator to take action against misinformation spread on social media discouraging vaccination against it and other diseases.

March 8, 2019
Without Vaccine, Hundreds of Children Die in Madagascar Measles Outbreak
Two months ago, giggles floated through the home of fisherman Dada as his four-year-old son played ball outside with his two younger cousins on one of Madagascar’s famed sun soaked beaches.

March 7, 2019
Finding Compassion for ‘Vaccine-Hesitant’ Parents
They’re infuriating and dangerous. I try to remember they’re also the terrified victims of misinformation.
By Wajahat Ali

March 6, 2019
This Is the Truth About Vaccines
Deadly diseases that should be seen only in history books are showing up in our emergency rooms.
By Brett P. Giroir, Robert R. Redfield and Jerome M. Adams

March 5, 2019
Teen Tells Senate Why He Defied His Mom to Get Vaccinated
An Ohio teen defied his mother’s anti-vaccine beliefs and started getting his shots when he turned 18 — and told Congress on Tuesday that it’s crucial to counter fraudulent claims on social media that scare parents.

Wall Street Journal,us&_homepage=/home/us
Accessed 9 Mar 2019
Amid Measles Outbreaks, States Seek to Force Parents to Vaccinate Children
By Kate King
March 4, 2019 8:00 am ET
Measles outbreaks nationwide have prompted several states to restrict or eliminate religious and personal-belief exemptions that parents use to avoid having their children vaccinated against the disease.


Washington Post
Accessed 9 Mar 2019
Rand Paul is wrong: Vaccines are no threat to liberty
Saad B. Omer · Mar 8, 2019

States are failing on vaccinations. The federal government must lead.
Scott C. Ratzan, Barry R. Bloom, Lawrence O. Gostin and Jonathan Fielding · Editorial-Opinion · Mar 7, 2019

Public health shouldn’t be invasive. Vaccination skeptics make that harder.
Michael Gerson · Editorial-Opinion · Mar 7, 2019

Sen. Rand Paul says government should not force people to receive vaccinations
Felicia Sonmez · National-Politics · Mar 5, 2019