Vaccine Media Trends Barometer April 2014

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Vaccine Media Trends Barometer
April 2014
Geographic Activity April 1-30, 2014
Activity Summary
April Reports
Vaccine
Sentiment
Total
Number
% of Total
Classified as High or
Moderate Risk
Negative
253
9%
244
Neutral
86
3%
74
Positive
2557
88%
817
2896
Monthly Report • April 2014
1135
Media with Negative Vaccine Sentiment or High Risk Events Reported
Hepatitis B Vaccine Kills 17 Children
A US author reports on 17 deaths after HBV immunization in China in 2013, and the
general risks of the vaccine
http://humansarefree.com/2014/04/hepatitis-b-vaccine-kills-17-children.html
Ineficiencia de la Vacuna contra el VPH, visto por un médico del Perú Profundo
The dangers and inefficiency of the HPV vaccine in Peru
http://www.arsenalterapeutico.com/2014/04/06/ineficiencia-de-la-vacuna-contra-el-vphvisto-por-un-medico-del-peru-profundo/
Parents Say No to HPV Vaccine
HPV vaccine refusals in South Africa
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNFJXEyAddEj2gT8ZB
MsNFrEk4N1FA&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=43982365491541&e
i=8dZDU7CKIYvBggf1hgE&url=http://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/family/kids/parents-say-noto-hpv-vaccine-1.1672840
Doctor Bernard Dalbergue: “Todo el mundo sabía que Gardasil no aportaba
A doctor speaking out against HPV vaccine in France
http://noticiasdeabajo.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/doctor-bernard-dalbergue-todo-elmundo-sabia-que-gardasil-no-aportaba-estrictamente-nada/
NPR (and Other Major Media) Spreads Serious Falsehoods about HPV Vaccine
The dangers of HPV vaccine in the US
http://www.anh-usa.org/falsehoods-about-hpv-vaccine/
California pushing measles scare story after just one in a million people contract
rare disease
The risks of MMR vaccine in the US
http://www.naturalnews.com/044701_measles_scare_story_california.html
Monthly Report • April 2014
VPD Outbreaks
Measles
•
United States: Ohio, New York, Washington, Connecticut
•
Canada: Calgary, Alberta, Edmonton, Manitoba
•
Vietnam
•
Australia
Polio
•
Pakistan
•
Iraq
•
Cameroon
•
Equatorial Guinea
•
Afghanistan
•
Syria
Policy
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Under pressure from the public, US restaurant chain, Chili’s cancels national
fundraising event for autism organization considered to be anti-vaccine
Novartis meningitis B vaccine Bexsero receives FDA Breakthrough Therapy
designation in the US
A spokesperson for the National Immunization Advisory Committee in Ireland
suggested that boys may be considered for HPV vaccination in schools in the
future. Currently, HPV vaccine is offered to all school girls in Ireland.
Delivery/Access
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In Pakistan, the army is taking over security for polio eradication teams in
militancy-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Pakistani officials said Monday they would begin administering polio vaccines to
children at security checkpoints in the country's lawless tribal belt to protect against
Taliban attacks.
Research
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Sanofi-Pasteur reported success in a Phase III efficacy trial of a candidate dengue
vaccine conducted in Asia where cases were reduced 56% with the vaccine.
Researchers in the UK found that small financial incentives can dramatically
increase the likelihood of people who inject drugs completing a course of hepatitis B
virus (HBV) vaccination, according to new research published in The Lancet.
A research study in the US finds that HIV positive women respond well to
quadrivalent HPV vaccine.
A study conducted by Public Health England demonstrated a reduction in two high
risk HPV types, which are included in the HPV vaccines used in sexually active
young women in England.
Monthly Report • April 2014
Number of Reports that Mention Vaccines by Month and Sentiment
Positive Sentiment
April 2013-April2014
Negative Sentiment
April 2013-April 2014
Monthly Report • April 2014
April Negative Vaccine Sentiment*
(n= 253 alerts including duplicate reports; 9% of all reports)
A single report may include more than one country or vaccine/disease.
*Due to the large number of negative sentiment reports relative to other countries in April,
reports by vaccine for France and the US are detailed separately.
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Monthly Report • April 2014
Special Focus A noticeable increase in negative sentiment reports was observed from March to April,
where the percentage of all reports containing negative vaccine sentiment tripled from
three to nine percent. This increase appeared to be primarily due to coverage of
statements made by Jenny McCarthy in the US and issues around the HPV vaccine in
France.
On April 12, Jenny McCarthy, celebrity co-host of a US talk show, wrote a column in
the Chicago Sun Times clarifying her stance on vaccines. The column was published in
response to negative comments she received regarding a tweet she posted on an unrelated
topic. In the past, McCarthy has been outspoken about her belief that her son’s autism was
due to vaccines, and that she cured him with a change in nutrition. Her recent column was
Monthly Report • April 2014
the focus of numerous reports in April including some with negative sentiment as well as
positive sentiment toward vaccines. Articles concerning Jenny McCarthy accounted for 20%
of the negative sentiment reports this month.
Also observed in April, was an increase in negative sentiment reports around HPV
vaccine in France; similar to that seen in November, 2013 although the April increase
was not as substantial. The November uptick was due to coverage of a lawsuit filed in
France against Sanofi Pasteur MSD by an 18 year old woman claiming that HPV
(Gardasil) vaccination led to multiple sclerosis. The claimant justified her lawsuit on the
Regional Commission for conciliation and compensation for medical accidents (RCCI)
Bordeaux acknowledgement of a link between pathology and vaccination. At that time,
there was an indication that additional claims would be filed, claiming additional adverse
effects. Sanofi publicly criticized the determination of the RCCI as not being based on
scientific evidence.
The April uptick, representing 42% of all negative sentiment reports this month,
appeared to be due to a press conference held on April 2, by Michèle Rivasi, of the
European Parliament (Rep. South East France). At the event, she requested a
"moratorium" on Gardasil, marketed by a “Franco-American joint venture”, pending
studies to demonstrate its effectiveness, and citing the original claim filed in November,
“twelve additional ones and 25 more expected imminently”. At the event, she had
present a neurobiologist and two physicians claiming that aluminum in the vaccine
posed a risk. Others spoke out against the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine. The
observed level of media coverage in the French press continues to suggest the potential
for HPV vaccine concern in France and bears monitoring.
Monthly Report • April 2014

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