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  1. The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) are pleased to share the new: Vaccines Question & Answer Resource! This resource answers many of the more challenging questions surrounding vaccines including the topics of: Vaccine Manufacture and Availability Vaccine Protection Vaccine Safety View online>> Download PDF>> Please share this resource as far and wide as you consider appropriate within your professional and personal networks alike. Use the link: http://bit.ly/VaxQandA and the hashtag: #VaccinesWork CoMO's Vaccines Q&A Resource.pdf
  2. Want to know more about vaccines? Want to improve your understanding of immunization? I was interested to know about courses on immunization and vaccines that are available either online or on location in Europe. Because it fits perfectly with the Forum’s “in focus” topic this month, I would like to share with you what I found. The results are of an online search (I did not participate in any of the courses yet, so the list is not based on personal experience – but the organizations seem reliable to me). Hopefully this information will be helpful to you as well! If you want to read more about the content and even join one course – just follow the links below. Do you know of any other courses on immunization? Maybe in another language than English? Or you already participated in one? Please feel free to share it with us underneath my post! Online courses: http://www.espid.org/content.aspx?Page=ESPID%20Online%20Courses%202016 look for course “wiser immuniser” which is provided by European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) in collaboration with WHO/Europe; the course has CPD accreditation; Registration for the online course opens two months before the start date, places are limited; Next registration: 22.08.16 for course with start as of 17.10.16 http://vaccine-safety-training.org/ provided by WHO, e-learning course on Vaccine Safety basics to help understand the origin and nature of adverse events, the importance of pharmacovigilance, and risk and crisis communication http://www.globe-network.org/en/prevention-and-vaccines/e-learning provided by Globe (Global Link for Online Biomedical Expertise), interactive modules as well as a large panel of Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) and courses http://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/immunisation-and-vaccination-on-line-moodle-course Birmingham City University, Immunization and Vaccination Online Moodle Course - 2016/17, can start anytime throughout the year http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/courses.html 12 different self-study immunization courses http://www.nsahealth.org.uk/e-learning/courses-we-offer/42-immunisation-vaccination immunization and vaccination e-learning course with 7 sessions http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/flu-immunisation/ E- Learning for Healthcare, three knowledge sessions and three assessment session On location courses: Université de Genève (Switzerland) http://www.advac.org/ Advanced Course of Vaccinology (ADVAC), two-week training programme for decision-makers in all fields related to vaccines and vaccination, 8 - 19 May 2017. Applications for ADVAC 2017 will be open from 1 July 2016 until 15 November 2016. University of Oxford | Jenner Institute http://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/professional/staticdetails.php?course... Clinical vaccine development and biomanufacturing: 17.-20.10.2016; (vaccine biomanufacturing from small to large scale including regulatory aspects; clinical trial design and case studies for specific vaccines covering phase I, II and III, including field trials in developing countries; immune monitoring, statistical and ethical considerations.) Human and veterinary vaccinology: 21.-25.11.2016; (successful vaccines [human and veterinary]; vaccines in development; vaccine design and antigen selection; basic immunology; economics of vaccination; ethical considerations. University programmes: University of Antwerp, Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Institute Master in science & PhD in the field of evidence-based vaccinology Chair in evidence-based vaccinology, created in 2008, sponsored from Wyeth http://www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.VAXINFECTIO&n=73245 Institut Pasteur, Paris Vaccinology, an integrative discipline for medical or scientific postgraduates or professionals (Immunological aspects of vaccination, new strategies for the characterization of protecting antigens, preclinical and clinical trials: basic principles, major infectious diseases: epidemiology, physiopathology and vaccines under development, impact of vaccines on the control of infectious diseases: success and failure) University of Sienna (sponsored by Novatis, created in 2009) Master’s programme in vaccinology & pharmaceutical clinical development for graduates in Medicine 1-year training: Training certificate from Novartis, 2-year training: M.Sc. degree (Vaccine development process, Vaccine preventable diseases & vaccinology, Immunology & translational medicine, Clinical development methodology & pharmacovigilance, Regulatory affairs, Good clinical practice & clinical quality assurance, Clinical trial operations, Biostatistics & clinical data management, Policies & recommendations for vaccines in the world)
  3. I conducted a small study in one rural area in the USA where patients have no-to-low science literacy. Among the elders, neither videos nor texts essays succeeded in withdrawing their interest to learn about viral diseases. BUT a comic book did that and more! To my knowledge, this is the first report on improving health education among old patients using comics. I’d love to see if such results are reproducible elsewhere in EU or the USA …. If someone is interested in making our small sample size bigger, that would be awesome!
  4. Reaching and maintaining sufficiently high immunization coverage is not possible without the active support of health professionals. Unfortunately, many involved in vaccination are not sufficiently informed and may have doubts themselves about the safety or efficacy of the vaccines they are administering. To close this information gap, WHO and the European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) developed the Wiser Immunisers online course, which is now offered through the ESPID website. The course is set to begin for the third time on 17 October, and registration is open until 10 October. Course participants earn 12 EU CME credits, and their feedback following the first two runs of the course has been very positive. The ESPID online course on vaccination provides internet-based training on: vaccine-preventable diseases including clinical presentation, diagnosis, management, treatment, prognosis and public health implications vaccines and their side effects and contraindications communicating with patients and caregivers about vaccination, including addressing common misconceptions and tackling vaccine hesitancy. More information about the course and how to register is available on the ESPID website: http://www.espid.org/content.aspx?Group=education&Page=wiser immuniser online course Please pass this information on to individuals or groups who could benefit from learning or refreshing their knowledge about this important topic.
  5. Free Resource @YouTube Anti-Vax = Anti-Facts ( Playlist ) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLefPh1XlGcqNQmRfAAziO7kyfqP2TO4xT
  6. Request Your Copy Read More About Us At Vaccines Today Blog: http://www.vaccinestoday.eu/vaccines/meet-the-scientist-using-comics-to-save-lives/
  7. http://www.vaccinestoday.eu/vaccines/meet-the-scientist-using-comics-to-save-lives/
  8. We blogged about 5 different health threats students should know about, taking the opportunity to highlight the fact that the MMR vaccine can be given to adults as well infants, and it's never too late to get protected https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2016/04/27/5-avoidable-health-threats-every-student-should-know-about/
  9. I’m a Senior Expert in Capacity Building and Communication, working at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent ECDC’s positions or opinions. The other day I was at a crossroad in the beautiful city of Stockholm and the traffic light was red; I was wondering if I should cross or not as no cars were coming. And by the way crossing a street on red seems acceptable in Sweden. While I had this debate with myself I also used the wording – why am I so hesitant? And that was the trigger to the next thought – I am hesitant myself. I was actually concerned with the potential consequences of crossing the street on red light. Wouldn’t you be too? It is fair to say that we all have our concerns, are hesitant at some point in time. For me though hesitancy related to vaccination represents something more than these “little concerns” we have in our lives everyday, it is about when people have a deeper concern might hamper their positive attitude and stop them to vaccinate. This is of course my own interpretation of the definition provided by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunisation1. In the context of an ECDC project, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) carried out a small qualitative study to look at the opinions of healthcare workers to vaccination. The study addressed primary healthcare practitioners in four countries of the European Union, working in areas with low vaccine coverage. Although clearly not representative, a key conclusion is that physicians do have concerns, some of them being hesitant to vaccination because, among other reasons, they feel responsible if something happens to their patients. As a person who made the Hippocratic Oath when graduating from the Faculty of Medicine I would share the feeling of being responsible and wanting the best for my patients. So what can we, the public health community, do in order to better equip our fellow colleagues in dealing with their concerns and serving better their patients? I would say inform, inform, inform. In these times when the Internet and social media are widely used as sources of information (and not always the correct information) for everybody, I consider we have the responsibility to engage and inform, inform, inform – correct information, from trustworthy sources. ECDC has recently published relevant documents including communication tools in this area aimed at primary healthcare and public health professionals. You can read more about the ECDC work at: Technical reports: Vaccination motivating hesistant populations europe literature review Vaccine hesitancy among healthcare workers Communication guides: Lets talk about protection vaccination guide Lets talk about hesitancy vaccination guide Translation is not enough 1 Vaccine hesitancy is defined as ‘a behaviour, influenced by a number of factors including issues of confidence (level of trust in vaccine or provider), complacency (do not perceive a need for a vaccine, do not value the vaccine), and convenience (access). Vaccine-hesitant individuals are a heterogeneous group that are indecisive in varying degrees about specific vaccines or vaccination in general. Vaccine-hesitant individuals may accept all vaccines but remain concerned about vaccines, some may refuse or delay some vaccines, but accept others, and some individuals may refuse all vaccines’.
  10. "A shot in the Arm" to great Learning: Vaccines Comics “The exponential increase in health-related online platforms has made the Internet one of the main sources of health information worldwide. However, online communities with greater freedom of speech have, regretfully, become a powerful platform for anti-vaccine voices and the sharing of defective medical information. Health communicators and medical institutions need to step up their activity on digital and paper publications. This responsibility for doctors, nurses, medical students and officers has not yet been taken as seriously as it should be” (quote). Therefore, the main objective of Cimaza Comics, winner of the Science Hero Award in 2015, is to raise public awareness, to inform about routes to prevent the transmission of viral diseases, and to provide basic knowledge and guidelines for doctors and patients in an easy, enjoyable, inspirational, and informative way, both in print and via digital social media channels. At Cimaza, we have chosen to apply comics and fine art to covey this message of utmost importance”.
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