Vaccine News & Notes — March 2019

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Pinterest, YouTube, Amazon, Facebook address vaccine-related messaging

As a result of reports that the current measles outbreak is due in part to declines in vaccination rates, some social media platforms have been blamed for their role in the spread of misinformation related to vaccines. In response, Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook and Amazon have recently changed their policies.

  • Pinterest stopped providing results for searches containing terms like vaccine, vaccination or other similar words.
  • YouTube removed paid advertisements from videos promoting anti-vaccine rhetoric, claiming the ads monetized videos with “dangerous and harmful content.”
  • Facebook announced it will no longer allow anti-vaccine posts to spread on its platform. The decision is part of a larger move by the company to stop the distribution of health-related misinformation via its social networking site.
  • Amazon has started removing anti-vaccine documentaries from its Amazon Prime video streaming service

You can find accurate information about vaccines on the VEC Pinterest and YouTube channels.

Measles, influenza outbreak resources available on VEC homepage

In light of the ongoing measles outbreaks and widespread influenza, the VEC’s homepage, at, now includes an easy way to find our relevant materials.

Check out the story and the links today. 

New paper by Dr. Offit, colleagues identifies people’s reasons for vaccine concerns

In a paper co-authored by VEC Director Dr. Paul Offit and colleagues and published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, the authors discuss some of the current vaccine safety controversies in the U.S. — and the science behind them.

Latest CDC video shows how infants’ immune systems work

In the latest installment of the CDC video series, How Vaccines Work, viewers learn about how a baby’s immune system functions and how vaccines support the immune system to promote health and wellness.

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

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