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@JNTHN_LCKWD Yes liability. Yes accountability.

The NCVIA was created as a means to give people who have rare serious reactions from vaccines a quicker, easier & cheaper way to get compensated rather than be forced into expensive, lengthy & impossible to win civil trials.
@JNTHN_LCKWD Of course anyone can still file a lawsuit if they would like.
@JNTHN_LCKWD Interesting to note that while compensated cases show true serious reactions to vaccines are one in a million, 50% of those compensated since 2017 weren't even for vaccine injuries but from shoulder injuries due to improper placement of the syringe.…
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🚨 #Measles outbreaks continue to spread rapidly around the 🌎🌍🌏:

Reported cases are almost 3 times higher than they were at this same time last year.
@WHO_Europe @pahowho @WHOEMRO @WHOSEARO @WHOAFRO @WHOWPRO @DrTedros @UN_News_Centre The first six months of 2019 have already seen the highest number of #measles cases reported since 2006, straining health care systems, and leading to serious illness, disability, and deaths in many parts of the world.
@WHO_Europe @pahowho @WHOEMRO @WHOSEARO @WHOAFRO @WHOWPRO @DrTedros @UN_News_Centre 🇨🇩, 🇲🇬 and 🇺🇦 have recorded the highest numbers of #measles cases this year.

35 countries have reported more than 1000 cases for 2019 to date.
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This is a manuscript that none of us wanted to write. However, we felt compelled due to ongoing #measles outbreaks and risk to our vulnerable patient populations. 1/5

Preventing Measles among Immunosuppressed Cancer & HCT Recipients…
Immunosuppressed pts are at higher risk for #measles complications - like encephalitis & pneumonia - but rely on herd immunity for protection. Many cannot get live virus vaccines like #MMR, or if previously vaccinated, have weakened immune systems put them at high risk 2/6
This paper gives a summary of what we know about measles in cancer (it isn't pretty), and what we can do to best protect our patients. It also gives guidance for when one might consider early vaccination for some of these high-risk pts. 3/6 #measles #vaccination
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Warum so viele Geimpfte an Masern erkranken.

Ein häufiges Argument von Impfgegnern in Diskussionen ist, dass sich ja auch geimpfte Personen infizieren. Gerne werden epidemiologische Berichte zitiert, 1/12
in denen auffällig hohe Quoten an Erkrankten trotz Impfung berichtet werden: „Über 30% waren geimpft!!!“. Das allerdings sagt mehr über den Nachholbedarf der Impfgegner in Sachen Statistik aus als über die Impfungen. Warum? Hefte raus! 2/12
Der Impferfolg der Masernimpfung ist von recht vielen Parametern abhängig. Inadäquate Lagerung, nicht optimales oder vollständiges Einbringen des Impfstoffes … der Weg vom Hersteller bis zur Immunisierung ist lang. 3/12
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More than 1 in 10 children worldwide missed out on lifesaving #vaccines such as #measles, #diphtheria and #tetanus in 2018: New data from WHO/@UNICEF…
Globally, since 2010, vaccination coverage with 3 doses of #diphtheria, #tetanus & #pertussis and the first dose of the #measles vaccine has stalled at around 86% - not sufficient as 95% coverage globally is needed to protect against outbreaks of #vaccine-preventable diseases
Most unvaccinated children live in the poorest countries and are disproportionately in fragile or conflict-affected states.
Almost half are in just 16 countries:
🇾🇪 #vaccination
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@HighWireTalk Actual survey results:
"Despite these concerns, 82% of respondents were still generally in favor of vaccines, while 8% showed serious doubts, and 9% said they were unsure."
@HighWireTalk The survey identified genuine problem. Which is that parents get bombarded with lies on social media.
Luckily most of them see them for the lies they are.
Some have questions...
I'm all for questions!
@HighWireTalk But I am also hugely against the idea that you can lie about vaccines on social media with zero come-back.
I don't think that should be allowed. Because it leads to hesitancy, lack of vaccination and then outbreaks and disease and death.
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Something I’ve thought of posting for awhile:

My personal manifesto on vaccines in the context of measles outbreaks and as an Epi PhD student with a small child under the age of 1.

A thread.

Grab some popcorn and settle in.

#Parenthood #StudentParent #EpiTwitter
A bit of background: We have family and many friends who live on #VashonIsland (known for having low rates of immunization).

My undergraduate thesis looked at school rates of vaccines on Vashon and found no #herdimmunity for ANY vaccine preventable disease in 2012.
Vashon is an evil genius’ dream for an outbreak.

There are 2 grocery stores, where everyone shops.

The schools share facilities, have student mentor exchanges, etc.

There are regular student trips to the 1 senior center.

Did I mention it’s an island?

It's dry tinder.
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1/ #medtwitter #twitternists #proudtobeGIM

I've been sitting on a @SocietyGIM #sgim19 debrief #medthread since the meeting, and thought I might finally take a swing at it - here goes ..

I am considering whether I can do more division/systems leadership in coming years .. ->
2/ Theme of the conference was 'Courage to Lead', and single best workshop for me was :

Leading Change: Tools/Tips for Change Management

Crediting Alfred Burger, Emily Fondahn, Brent Petty, Nathan Spell, Dan Steinberg - can't find them on Twitter, so giving proper 🗣🗣.
3/ would like to share key concepts for all of us trying to lead in academic medicine or in #advocacy spaces.

First key Slide/thoughts:

The hard stuff - barriers to change .. ->
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Fun vax fact: ICUs did not exist before the polio epidemics. Mechanical ventilation became widespread in the 1950s due to increase in polio cases. The virus causes paralysis of the muscles that control swallowing & breathing in <1% of patients or 13-20k paralytic cases/yr and
300-1000 deaths/yr in US. Salk's inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) became available in 1955 and changed the world. People waited in line for hours. The oral polio (OPV) @sabinvaccine came out in '61. By 1965, there were only 61 paralytic cases. It was eliminated from the US in '79
In 2018, there were 33 cases of polio worldwide. Wherever vaccines go, the disease vanishes. When vaccination decreases, due to warfare or antivaccine beliefs, the disease recurs like it did in Nigeria after WHO vaccine workers were kicked out of the country. Antivax harms kids.
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Let’s talk #VaccineLiability. There’s a vaccine court that has a lower evidentiary bar than any civil court in the US. If a plaintiff fails there, he can STILL sue in civil court afterward. Our system does protect families. #VaccinesSaveLives
Let’s talk #VAERS. It’s an important database in which anyone can voluntarily report any effect of a vaccine: injection site soreness,fever,fussiness,redness. I’ve reported. So when #ProPlague #Antivaxxers quote numbers, just ask for the breakdown of VAERs reports.#VaccinesWork
The #VAERS system helps monitor concerning symptoms that could start to appear (eg, ⬆️’d soreness or fever with a specific batch of vaccines). It helped identify concerns w/rotavirus so it could undergo rigorous safety testing. It’s a great 1st step in safety.#VaccineMonitoring
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@LBC @MaajidNawaz There is a genuine issue that people encounter when trying to read about vaccines online. The World Health Organization and the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety have said that:
@LBC @MaajidNawaz "Due to the success of immunization, some diseases are no longer perceived as a threat. Certain groups have even questioned the utility of vaccination in spite of its proven success in controlling disease."
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I think I have been defeated by measles. Not the virus--I got a booster, and I know #vaccineswork.

But if we can't make inroads into the nonsense network, even with all the #scicomm pros having studied this, had panels, we have the data... We're just fucked at this point.
There's not a chance we are gonna be able to explain to people the details of this hot garbage new paper on glyphosate and 3rd generation rodents. Not a chance. Nobody will hear it. The nonsense network is already screeching it.
I'm sure there's a legal team lined up on it too. But the larger problem is this: we have no tools to stop the nonsense. I know you want to coddle all the hesistant parents. Fine. But they are hesitant because they have been filled with nonsense.
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It's World Immunization Week!

Vaccine-preventable diseases include:
Cervical cancer
Hep B
Japanese encephalitis
Yellow Fever
It’s World Immunization Week!

Through childhood, adolescence and into old age, #VaccinesWork to protect our health at every stage of life!

👉 #HealthForAll
It's World Immunization Week!

Ensure you and your family are vaccinated on time, every time. Check with your health worker to see if your vaccines are up-to-date.

Yes, #VaccinesWork! 👉
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#Measles thread:

If you grew up like I did with parents who didn’t believe in vaccinating kids cause “cult” church, or whatever, you may be wondering if you should get yourself vaccinated as an adult.

(follow along & share)



*not a doctor, just sharing info I learned today from my own doctor + #science*

*blocking/inoculating the spread of anti-vaxxer responses bc Jenny McCarthy didn’t even play a Dr. on TV.


#Measles what is it?

“...highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person...can spread to others through coughing and for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.”…
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Given that I seem to have half of antivax Twitter putting me in the crosshairs this morning, it's time for another tweetorial, this one on the antivax playbook.
In my reading on conspiracy theory, it sounds like it is very reinforcing for people who hold fringe beliefs to think that they have some knowledge that others don't. You'll see this in the condescending tone they employ.
A related tactic is the shill card - the suggestion that everyone who disagrees is part of the con. I think a lot of us who are concerned about dropping vaccination rates wish we were getting paid for advocacy.
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#Measles grand rounds this AM. Responding to an outbreak....@LBHealth #Sinai in conjunction with the Baltimore Health Department.
History: once ubiquitous and deadly disease nearly eliminated by the vaccine because #VaccinesWork but because of elimination pockets of people especially in Europe oppose vaccines.
Most US cases are imported. Most were unvaccinated- personal belief exemptions the reason.
Here is what to look for (for those of us who haven’t seen it yet):
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Excuse me. The reintroduction of measles after many years of only a couple cases each year was a set back. America had almost complete eradication of mumps, rubella & Diptheria. We eliminated polio by 99.9% in 1999, & virtually eliminated tuberculosis. These are back
3/ They carry flesh eating bacteria, Bubonic Plague (which had been eliminated 100 yrs ago in America, as well as LEPROSY.) We currently have a resurgence of TYPHUS IN LA. These #illegals disappear into our population and then place their children in our PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
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1) “Measles Epidemic” SCAM

Adam Schiff $
Patty Murray $
Lamar Alexander $


The government is using this issue to experiment with suspending the First Amendment !!!

Watch it while you can 🚨
2) Quick look at today’s “Measles Epidemic” SCAM News
3) Patty Murray & Adam Schiff have been pushing Vaccines for a long time 2015
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2000: se declara territorio libre de sarampión circulante
2014: se ERRADICA el sarampión endémico
2019: en el condado de Rockland, tras 153 casos, se prohibe a los menores de 18 años no vacunados estar en espacios públicos durante los próximos 30 días…
En enero de este año (2019) las autoridades ya lo avisaban. Los últimos meses de 2018 habían registrado 215 casos de sarampión entre New York y New Jersey.

Entre los dos estados acumulaban más de la mitad de los casos de sarampión ¡de todo EE.UU!
Al parecer, la gran mayoría de los casos se han dado entre niños no vacunados de familias judías ultra-ortodoxas.

#VaccinesWork #Vacunas
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Low vaccination rates are a #publichealth crisis, leading to outbreaks of deadly diseases like #measles. My new research in Vaccine/@ElsevierNews provides insight into the characteristics of people who post #antivax content on #Facebook:…
First, I want to credit my fantastic co-authors: @MTH_Pitt @emfelter @DrToddWo @ChadTRM @PittPubHealth. This research stemmed from thousands of #antivax comments on a video on the @kidspluspgh Facebook page:…
We used social network, quantitative, and qualitative analyses to examine 25% of people who left these comments. Our goal was to answer questions about who these people are, the information they post, and how they are connected.
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The Senate Health committee kicks off its hearing on vaccines, asking "What's driving preventable disease outbreaks?" Antivaxxers furious that RFK Jr's offer to testify was declined.Curious to see what lines of questioning come up #VaccinesWork #VaxHearing…
Well, we made it 5 min before a mention of social media. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN, uses his opening statement to decry "internet fraudsters preying on the unfounded fears of parents and creating a public health hazard." 🔥🔥 #VaxHearing
As vaccine trutherism has become increasingly politicized in very bizarre ways (far left/far right, those who strongly distrust authority), I'm happy to see a Republican senator take a strong stand in favor of accurate information & public health. Thank you Sen. @LamarAlexander.
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A group that posted anti-vaccine billboards around Toronto said they want the public to get educated about vaccines. Here are a few facts for those interested in vaccine facts:
In 1967, there were 10-15 million cases of smallpox every year. In the 20th century, it killed around 300 million people. 30% of those who got it died. Following a massive global vaccination campaign, smallpox was officially eradicated in 1979.
Vaccines are not risk free. Experts say 1-3 in every million will experience a serious adverse event. But keep this in mind: 1 in every 1,000 people who get measles will develop encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). 1 in every 3,000 with measles will die.
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This is a common claim by anti-vaccine advocates, but it's worth unpicking the actual risks and rewards behind vaccination #vaccineswork 1/
Do vaccinations carry risks?

Yes, absolutely. No medical intervention is entirely without risk

So what does that risk look like? 2/
Let's look at the MMR vaccine, because it is one of the most hotly-debated and also well-researched vaccines out there 3/
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So. Because I haven't done this in a while, here's what happened to me when I got chicken pox: A story of why you should vaccinate your kids against it. And yourself if you haven't caught it already.
Chicken pox is a pretty common illness that is usually deeply unpleasant but not super dangerous. Well apparently my immune system didn't get the message. Little history about me: I was born 10 weeks preemie, and as a result I have had shitty lungs my whole life (aka, asthma).
So because of that, I am at high risk for any infectious illness. I get bronchitis with every cold, nearly die with every flu (get yer flu shot!), and just generally have a miserable time whenever I get sick. Kid!me was no exception.
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