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Glo Launches Online Health and Beauty Tutorials / Webinars to Help Home-Workers and Their Mental Health


Kelly Skipper, Director at Glo, explains why it was important for a small female-run business to pivot quickly and offer online alternatives:

“The current Covid-19 epidemic affects each and every one of us on many different levels, but one common ground is that everyone is under an immense amount of pressure, whether it is juggling work with home schooling, financial pressures or feeling isolated and anxious and whilst we are unable to offer treatments and services which would normally help them at a time like this, it felt like a natural fit to move as many of our services as we can online whilst also supporting our clients and their home workers. With Mental Health Awareness Week on the horizon we are hopeful that companies will be looking to invest in the health and wellbeing of their team and that our webinars and tutorials provide an educational and engaging solution for them”

Royal College of Radiologists, a Glo client, are currently providing online yoga classes for their workforce and said the following:

“We use Glo to provide yoga classes in our office on a regular basis, but as most of our staff are currently working from home Glo have been able to provide us with online yoga instead. The ability for staff to be able to continue with their yoga practise whilst in their homes and at the same time assist in reducing stress and improving their wellbeing, has been an important for us during the coronavirus pandemic and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Kelly and her team at Glo.”

Phoebe – HR Officer

Glo Pamper is a nationwide company that have been operating for over 13 years. They provide professional mobile therapists, teachers and stylists for pamper parties, corporate events and for accommodations along with wellbeing services for companies.

If you are interested learning more about the webinars/tutorials, would like to review/experience one or are interested in offering a webinar or tutorial as a prize, please get in touch:

For more information, please contact:

Kelly Skipper at 020 7096 0385 / Kelly@glo-pamper.co.uk

Website: www.glo-pamper.co.uk

Facebook / Instagram / Twitter: @Glopamper

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COVID-19: The Health Risks of Making Your Own Hand Sanitiser


Hand hygiene is an important part of the fight against COVID-19, but homebrew hand sanitisers can do more harm than good.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, more people are buying hand sanitisers than ever before. As one of the most sought after panic buy products, most shops and pharmacies are selling out as soon as they get a chance to restock. The result of this, however, has been a trend of people making homemade hand sanitisers with limited knowledge of what works against the virus or how to produce safe hand hygiene products.

How do hand sanitisers vary?
Broadly, there are two types of sanitisers to be aware of: alcohol-based and alcohol-free. Industry-standard alcohol-free sanitisers contain substitute chemicals that are just as effective in eliminating all microbes, including Coronavirus. The effectiveness of hand sanitisers will, however, vary dependent on the ratio and strength of their chemicals so this should be considered when making a purchase.

Are all alcohol-based hand sanitisers the same?
Alcohol is present within hand sanitisers in two forms that should be looked out for: Isopropanol Alcohol (IPA) and Denatured Ethanol (DE). Both of these types of alcohol are able to protect against the virus. There will also usually be a percentage found on any hand sanitisers, however, that is important. This percentage tells you the volume of alcohol present within the hand sanitiser. According to the CDC’s Hand Hygiene Recommendations, sanitisers should have contain more than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol to protect effectively against the virus.

While it may feel intuitive to go for as high an alcohol volume as possible, those that are very high in alcohol content can actually be ineffective. This is because, the higher the alcohol content in sanitisers, the quicker they evaporate when applied to skin.

Why not make my own hand sanitiser?
While self-isolation can inspire people’s DIY spirit, it is important to remember that there is a reason why hand sanitiser companies exist in the first place. From damaging or cracking skin after use (making them more susceptible to infection), to cross-contamination, making your own can hand sanitiser can cause more problems than it solves. IPA and DE also present a significant safety risk when handled outside a controlled environment, being highly flammable substances.

There is also the risk that popular homemade sanitiser recipes are actually not going to protect against the virus. One such recipe, popularised here on the Verge, requires 91 percent rubbing alcohol and one part aloe vera gel. This recipe should produce something with theoretically 60.6% alcohol content. According to CDC guidelines, however, an IPA-based hand sanitiser should contain at least 70% to be effective against COVID-19.

Keeping hands sanitised
Local newsagents along with online cleaning product suppliers that are still stocking hand sanitisers, such as Cleanroom Supplies, can both be effective alternatives to making regular trips to the supermarket. While in the home, it is also important to remember that soap and warm water are effective for protecting against COVID-19, meaning that you can save your hand sanitiser for whenever you need to make a journey. As the CDC highlight in their hand sanitiser factsheet, however, you must make sure that your hands are clean and washed before using any hand sanitiser.

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Folio Launches Mobile Health Passport to Help Safely Reopen Economies


Folio has today announced release of its Mobile Health Passport to enable instant digital verification of any user’s coronavirus-related health status via their smartphone.

As countries move on from lockdowns, authorities and health institutions need to ensure the risks of secondary infection peaks are minimized.  For economies to reopen and citizens to mobilize, authorities need to quickly and accurately verify the health status of individuals, and many governments are urgently exploring the use of plastic health passports and wristbands.

Folio’s streamlined, contactless digital-wallet alternative eliminates the need for plastic cards and wristbands (potential Covid-19 vectors) for the vast majority of citizens.

Once citizens are tested for coronavirus, health entities can register their health status and issue them with an immutable, biometrically secure digital health passport to their smartphones.  This digitized health passport will enable increased and safer citizen mobility as governments begin to reopen their economies.

The health passport is being provided for free to governments around the world.

With its advanced biometrics and online verification, Folio provides certainty that the bearer of the passport is exactly who they claim to be with a verifiable health status at that point in time.

Folio’s digital wallet allows every individual to be in complete control of their privacy.  Their credentials are secured locally on their smartphone, accessible only by them, and shared upon their consent to verifiable authorities.

“In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have tailored our digital identity platform to incorporate this new Mobile Health Passport and are already working with governments that need quick and convenient health status verification,” said Tatiana Cogevina, Folio’s CEO.

“This dedicated solution can be securely deployed for any individual with a smartphone, which is about 3.5Bn people around the world.”

Functions of Folio’s Smart Health Passport solution:

  • Issue mobile certificates that verify health status instantly to an individual’s digital wallet
  • Assure no certificate can be spoofed, tampered or misused by another person
  • Remotely revoke or impose limitations of certificates
  • Enable controls on user access to locations, facilities, and services via biometric authentication

Folio’s Mobile Health Passport also provides a platform for ongoing health related interactions and monitoring (e.g. questionnaires, surveys, notifications).

About Folio:

Folio provides digital identity solutions for government and businesses that need the highest levels of assurance when verifying the credentials of individuals.

Folio has helped millions prove their identity for critical operations such as voting, customer onboarding, and complex regulatory compliance processes.

The Folio app works on most Android and IOS smartphones, conforms to the highest international standards, and is used daily around the world to manage key ID documents like passports and driver’s licenses.

For more information visit Folio.id, or download the app on Google Play or the App Store.

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Satipharm launches new Advanced CBD products – safeguarding your health and wellness


Health and wellness company Satipharm has launched their new CBD Advanced range starting with two products – Active and Focus. In addition to CBD, these capsules include targeted vitamins to help safeguard your health.

The Active capsules contain Satipharm’s patented CBD microbeads plus vitamins A, D, K and E. These vitamins have been specifically chosen to complement the CBD, for the effects they have on muscles, skin, bones and vision. Importantly, the Active capsules contain 200% of the Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamin D, which supports the functioning of the immune system. This ensures the body has adequate levels of vitamin D needed to produce the antimicrobial proteins that kill viruses and bacteria.

The Focus capsules contain the CBD microbeads, plus a targeted selection of B vitamins to support mental performance, psychological function and the reduction of tiredness & fatigue. B vitamins are necessary for creating neurotransmitters that regulate emotions, including serotonin and dopamine. Vitamin B6 also contributes to normal immune function.

Jonathan Hartshorn, CEO of Satipharm commented: “Supporting the health of our minds and bodies is always important. Getting quality sleep, minimising stress and getting sufficient vitamin D are three simple ways to help our immune systems function well and fight infections. The launch of our Advanced Active and Focus products enables individuals to take the right supplements to support their mental and physical wellbeing.”

Satipharm’s CBD Advanced range is powered by their patented Gelpell® technology which protects the cannabinoids by embedding them in microspheres. This Gelpell® technology has been clinically proven to increase the bioavailability of CBD, making Satipharm capsules the best way to take CBD. Taking a Satipharm 10mg CBD capsule is equivalent to taking 3.5 times the dose (35mg) of CBD oil.

About Satipharm
Satipharm is a health and wellness company, specialising in the development of cannabinoid-based products and focusing on clinical evidence-based recommendations to customers and patients. The Company’s mission is to deliver the highest quality products designed specifically for the needs of its consumers.

CBD (reference Dr Perry Solomon, CMO HelloMD)
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring active cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, CBD has no intoxicating effect (high). These cannabinoids are just two of at least 113 identified in cannabis. CBD is most commonly used to treat insomnia, depression, anxiety and joint pain. Preliminary clinical reports indicate CBD to have analgesic properties, in addition to anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-psychoactive, and anti-convulsant properties. CBD achieves this by directly (or indirectly) affecting neurological receptors responsible for pain modulation, inflammation regulation, and mood and stress management.

Bioavailability – is the proportion of a consumed substance which enters the bloodstream when introduced to the body and so is able to have an active effect on the body. A substance (such as CBD oil) may be readily absorbed but undergo significant metabolism by the liver before the active cannabinoids reach the circulation, thereby reducing its effect in the body.

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IHEART INSPIRES IN GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE


1st&2nd April: Over 1200 sign up to London-based Mental Health Charity’s virtual event to help global community ‘Find Emotional Freedom in Lockdown.

April 2020 – London –1200  people from over 25 countries, including mental health experts, educators, parents and young people from around the world signed up for London-based mental health charity IHEART’s (Innate Health Education and Resilience Training) FREE two-day virtual conference ‘Finding Emotional Freedom in Lockdown’ on 1st& 2nd April.

Pulled together in just over a week and a virtual ‘first’ for IHEART, this hugely successful event was designed to help parents, families and educators to help themselves – and others – navigate the uncertain and unchartered waters of the covid-19 pandemic. A range of international speakers including leading medical experts, best-selling authors, mental health professionals and educational leaders (see attached for key speaker bios) delivered a blend of uplifting presentations, interactive workshops and panel discussions covering subjects including dealing with fear and stress, finding wellbeing in the face of loss and trauma, keeping the kids sane during lockdown and helping them to cope with the stress of leaving school suddenly.

“The need for all of us to educate ourselves about our emotional resilience and mental health has never been greater- the numbers speak for themselves,” says IHEART CEO Brian Rubenstein. “The main aim of this event was to show that freedom is a state of mind, so that even in a global lockdown, all of us can experience psychological and emotional freedom and good mental health to share with those around us.”

Essential, given a potential global health pandemic on our doorstep.  “It is my prediction that after we get through the next several weeks of social isolation, the biggest trauma will be on Mental Health which is why this conference was so important,” says Keynote Speaker, Dr Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCh, Professor, Department of Medicine at the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at U Penn, who also adds that the fallout for mental health “could be even worse than the physical illness (Corona) itself… These are unprecedented times.”

A time which also provides the opportunity to learn about our own innate resilience. “Schools may have closed down, but we are now in the school of life and life is teaching us where our wellbeing actually resides,” adds IHEART Founding Trustee and Facilitator Debbie Fisher.  “This is a wonderful learning opportunity for all of us.”

For further information on the conference, IHEART, plus speaker bios, follow this link:  https://iheartprinciples.com/virtualconference/

Since launching just over three years ago, the IHEART Programme – developed to help our youth strengthen their innate mental health and resilience – has been delivered to over 90 schools/youth groups and almost 5,000 young people. NB: Our highly experienced mental health faculty can also provide expert interviews and quotes for your article/ report /segment on mental health and resilience. Contact Catherine: 07399 011 382 or email catherine@iheartprinciples.com

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IHEART LAUNCHES FREE VIRTUAL 2-DAY MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE: FIND EMOTIONAL FREEDOM IN LOCKDOWN


1st& 2nd April: London-based Mental Health Charity launch online event to help global community ‘Find Emotional Freedom in Lockdown’

April 2020 – London –As we head into the increasingly uncertain and unchartered waters of the covid-19 pandemic, London-based mental health charity IHEART (Innate Health Education and Resilience Training) launch is launching a FREE two-day virtual conference ‘Finding Emotional Freedom in Lockdown’.

Designed to help parents, families and educators, the IHEART faculty plus a range of inspirational guest speakers and subject matter experts (see attached for key speaker bios) will deliver a blend of uplifting presentations, interactive workshops and panel discussions covering subjects including:

• Helping your family deal with fear and stress
• Finding wellbeing in the face of deep loss and grief
• Getting along while living on top of each other
• Leaving school suddenly: helping our children navigate this new reality
• Overcoming loneliness whilst in isolation
• Keeping the kids sane during lockdown
• Security in the midst of financial insecurity
• Accessing your inbuilt compass to reconnect with your wellbeing
• Teaching our children about their innate resilience: a single global message for this time

“The purpose of this conference is to strengthen our own mental health; to find our emotional freedom whilst in lockdown; to uncover our own innate resilience and wellbeing. So that we may help and support others – especially our children and young people when they need it most,” explains IHEART CEO Brian Rubenstein. “This is why we decided – with a week’s preparation time – to host this virtual conference bringing together a range of outstanding speakers and mental health experts from around the world. To help build our sense of community and connectedness, grow and learn together so that we can find the in-built emotional freedom we all possess.”

For more information on the conference or to sign up, follow this link: https://iheartprinciples.com/virtualconference
Since launching just over three years ago, the IHEART Programme – developed to help our youth strengthen their innate mental health and resilience – has been delivered to over 90 schools/youth groups and almost 5,000 young people.
NB: We can also provide expert interviews and quotes for your article/ report /segment on mental health and resilience. Contact Catherine: 07399 011 382 or email Catherine@iheartprinciples.com.

Keynote Speakers – BIOS

Tia Kansara
Recognised by the Financial Times as one of 100 most influential tech leaders in the UK & Europe, Tia is the youngest person to receive the Royal Institute British Architects honorary fellowship. She is the CEO of Replenish Earth Ltd, a collective action to protect the global commons, holds a PhD on Sustainable Cities, and has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious companies and governments across 90 countries.

Dr Arthur Rubenstein
The Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of its School of Medicine from 2001 to 2011, Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCh is Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology at the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at U Penn. Dr Rubenstein previously served as Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and was Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. An internationally-renowned endocrinologist, recognised for ground-breaking research in diabetes and author of more than 350 publications, Dr Rubenstein is the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the highest honour of the Association of American Physicians, the George M. Kober Medal, and the highest honour from the Association of Professors of Medicine, the Robert H. Williams Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award.

Alysia Valoras
An engineer by training, Alysia has an incredibly poignant yet inspirational and necessary personal message to share about loss, grief and hope after losing her teenage daughter to suicide. Based in Boston USA, The Valoras family story has been the subject a CBS news feature which has guarded significant national attention. Interest in suicide prevention and mental health. Alysia has recently trained to be an IHEART facilitator. Watch the CBS newslink here

Terry Rubenstein
The founder of IHEART and co-author of the IHEART Curriculum, Terry is widely recognised as a leading thinker, educator and speaker in the field of mental health and resilience. For almost 15 years she has taught and impacted countless people through her uplifting training seminars, writings and online talks and is the author of the ground-breaking book Exquisite Mind as well as The Peach Who Thought She Had to Be a Coconut, a series of essays on the power of thought and innate resilience. In her role as Head of Education at IHEART, Terry steers the educational direction and strategy of all programmes and courses that the organisation delivers

Finding Emotional Freedom in Lockdown
Virtual Conference Schedule
1st& 2nd April

DAY 2: 10am – 9.30pm, Thursday April 2nd

*All times are GMT

Final schedule subject to change.

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Cannadips Europe a success at The National Health Fair in the Netherlands


Cannadip Europe, through its Dutch distribution partner MyCan, recently concluded 4 days of exhibition at The National Health Fair held in Utrecht, Netherlands. With an expected 45,000 visitors for the event, The National Health Fair took place at the Jaarbeurs where 100,000 sq meter of exhibition space allowed numerous brands to showcase their products and services. Various health and lifestyle authors, bloggers, and speakers were also invited to share their experiences and knowledge via presentations and workshops.

The Cannadips booth stood out with its clean and earthy design, keeping true to the original back-to-nature concept of the Humboldt, Californian based brand. Experienced staff from MyCan dedicated a total of almost 85 hours over the 4 days to actively engage booth visitors to provide all relevant product information and knowledge on the CBD infused pouches. As Cannadips CBD pouches utilizes a unique water-dispersible technology that allows water-soluble CBD to be quickly absorbed orally, it was vital staff helped consumers understand the differences compared to other formats such as CBD drops.

Samples of each flavour of the hemp-derived CBD pouches were generously given out to maximize user experience and to gather ample feedback. An impressive 53% that tried the CBD pouches bought all 3 flavours – Natural Mint, Tangy Citrus and American Spice, with Citrus being the most popular. In addition to winning over consumers who were often already conversant with CBD, MyCan was also able to open an account for Cannadips CBD pouches at Bol.com, the largest online shop in the Netherlands. The event was overall a big success for MyCan and Cannadips Europe and the invaluable feedback received from both consumers and businesses will be paving the way for determining future strategies and channels in the Dutch market.

Cannadips CBD pouches are derived from broad spectrum hemp, THC-free, vegan and made with all-natural ingredients. By using a specially developed dried emulsion technology and incorporating it into “flakes,” these CBD pouches are fast-acting and can be enjoyed discreetly via its in-mouth pouch format. Each can of Cannadips CBD comes with 15 pouches, and each pouch with 10mg of CBD. Cannadips Europe is operated by SpectrumLeaf Limited and is also available online in selected regions via its online shop at Cannadips.eu.

ABOUT SPECTRUMLEAF
SpectrumLeaf is a company dedicated to selecting and sourcing premium CBD products according to customer’s collective needs. One of the first products the company has introduced is Cannadips – a pouch-in-mouth CBD product that is all natural, discreet and fast acting, made through a proprietary process that preserves the valuable terpene and flavonoid compounds.

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Food production health & safety: why visitor management apps have the perfect recipe


Health and safety – the most significant words in the food production space. There’s various legislation that food production organisations must follow which require them to present certain policies, agreements and questionnaires to both visitors and staff.

Whilst companies are aware of this and have procedures in place, it’s often no fun for the receptionist or the visitor – pages and pages of paper to complete is not the way you want to welcome your guests. Not to mention, once they’ve filled out a questionnaire it’s not all done and dusted; this needs to be read through to double-check whether they can go into food production areas.

With advances in technology, food production facilities can now ditch the pen & paper and maximise their health and safety compliance with a visitor management app. Below are just a few of the reasons why visitor management apps have the perfect recipe for food production organisations.

Present relevant health and safety policies

Various visitor management apps now allow you to automatically present policies and agreements to those signing into your building; so there’s no need to rummage around trying to find the paper version. You may also prompt visitors to perform an action such as ticking a box or signing their signature to agree that they have read the policy.

Many of these apps also give you full flexibility to change the content of policies, agreements and questionnaires so that they’re bespoke to your organisation and can be easily updated when required should the content need to change.

You may also have the option to choose which content you present to which groups. For example, you may not need to show all policies and agreements to the visitors that are not visiting the production areas.

Control who enters the food production areas

In a food production facility, there needs to be control over who enters food production areas for health and safety purposes. Health questionnaires are used to find out whether there are any reasons a person should not enter a food production area such as having an illness which could cause a risk of contamination.

A visitor management app can enable you to get your visitors to fill out the health questionnaire through the app rather than filling out a paper copy; this can automatically be presented to them when signing in. Some apps may then allow you to have your visitor’s answers communicated with relevant people in the business. For example, if someone answered ‘yes’ to a question regarding an illness, you can set the app to notify relevant people to deal with this.

Emergency evacuations

Food production facilities should have a strict emergency evacuation procedure in place in case of fires or major incidents. In these instances, it’s crucial that you know exactly who has been in the building during the day. This isn’t always a quick process when using a paper visitor book.

A visitor management app can make emergency evacuations much smoother. Some visitor management apps have a mobile version of the app where you can access an accurate, up-to-date evacuation list of who has been in the building. You can then identify who is present when taking a roll call and if anyone isn’t present you can locate them by seeing who they were visiting. You may also be able to assign different evacuation points to different groups.

Sign In App is a visitor management app that can do everything mentioned above. If you want to improve health and safety compliance in your food production facility, get in touch to find out more about how Sign In App can make your processes simpler. Send us an email to info@signinapp.com or give us a call on 0333 016 3551. Alternatively, if you’ve already got an iPad then you can get started now with our 15-day free trial here .

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DON JURAVIN: HOW LAWMAKERS CAN ENCOURAGE AMERICANS TO VACCINATE

DON JURAVIN: HOW LAWMAKERS CAN ENCOURAGE AMERICANS TO VACCINATE

HOLY LAND MINISTRY (nonprofit) analyzed the universal problem that has hit Western Civilization: how do we get people to vaccinate their children? There have been a handful of legislative attempts but almost no avail. The anti-vaxx movement has been growing rapidly. More strenuous regulation is needed to solve the problem. 

Question: What can the United States government do to help enforce vaccines?

Juravin answers that politicians and legislators need to put more laws in place to stop the vaccine crisis. 

VACCINATION RESEARCH SUMMARY

  • 4 states require citizens to vaccinate their children, with no exceptions
  • In the past ten years, the number of parents “opting out” of vaccinations has quadrupled. 
  • 50 states require vaccinations in order for children to be entered into public schools. 
  • 17 states allow parents to “opt-out” for “philosophical reasons.” 
  • 28 percent of parents feel that vaccines hurt their children. 
  • Only 66 percent of parents in the United States believe their children should be vaccinated. 

With measles coming back with a vengeance in the United States of America, some states are starting to take action by creating bills that force parents to vaccinate their children-  even if they don’t believe in vaccines. Maine is one of four states thus far who is trying to fix things, alongside California, Mississippi and West Virginia. The bill has even gone so far as to not allow for religious or philosophical exemptions, which has many parents enraged.

The Hill reports that only a few days after the state of Maine saw its first case of measles in many years, Governor Janet Mills has supposedly already signed the bill, “ending most non-medical exemptions for mandatory childhood vaccines.” What this means is that it will now be up to doctors to determine if a child can go without vaccinations due to allergic reactions or other medical reasons. Juravin observes that many fear that this will cause a lot of issues, given it takes away partial rights of the parents to make the decision themselves. In addition, parents know that a medical exemption will probably not come easily. 

While overall vaccination rates have risen over the past 10 years, the number of parents opting out of all vaccines has quadrupled. This has led to several outbreaks and has chipped away at the country’s “herd immunity,” which protects the population as a whole — particularly the most vulnerable — from infectious diseases.

Juravin found that officials are struggling to reverse this trend and convince parents to vaccinate their children. Some state legislators are reconsidering the “philosophical exemption” opt-out (still available in 17 states), while others have broached the idea of allowing minors to be vaccinated without parental consent. Others have suggested that certain government services — such as access to public schools and certain welfare programs — be contingent on vaccinating a child.

Yet many of these policies would only affect cash-strapped families — those who depend on government assistance programs and rarely have a choice beyond public schools. It does not affect wealthier families that can afford private schools. There needs to be a broader way to force vaccinations

Families that rely on government assistance are just about as likely as wealthier Americans to make sure their children have the most common vaccinations. In California, the big clusters of children without vaccines live not in poorer ZIP codes, but in upscale locations like Sonoma and Marin counties.

SOLVING THE VACCINE EPIDEMIC

  • 764 cases of measles have been reported in the United States in the year 2019. 
  • The United States broke the previous record from 2014 for reported cases of measles. 
  • One unvaccinated child costs the state of Oregon $1 million in medical bills. 
  • 1.3 percent of children born in 2015 were not vaccinated.
  • 3.98 million children were born in 2015. 
  • 59,700 children were not vaccinated in 2015. 
  • This could cost $59.7 billion in medical bills. 

Legislation and business ideas are the way to fix the anti-vaxxing movement. Conservatives and liberals alike could embrace public policies that encourage everyone — poor and wealthy — to vaccinate their children. However, while these strategies might put in place the rubrics, they might fail to completely solve the problem. Society can address that in other ways. 

The pressures of money can eradicate part of the problem. Private health insurers should be allowed to impose a surcharge on parents who opt out of vaccines for non-medical reasons. Insurance always charges more when there is more risk of disease or injury. If there is a high chance that a child will get measles or whooping cough, it makes sense in terms of business to charge for the cost of treating that disease. 

According to Juravin, current federal law may forbid insurers from taking pre-existing conditions into account when setting rates, but it does allow them to consider whether an individual smokes — and to impose a surcharge on that individual. Like smoking, refusing to have a child vaccinated for a non-medical reason is choice and can have monumental financial costs — one unvaccinated boy in Oregon ran up medical bills over $1 million — meaning that a surcharge on such a decision is justified. 

Allowing insurers to impose non-vaccination surcharges would make evident the financial costs of not having a child vaccinated, potentially forcing parents to think twice before opting out. There should be more practical consequences to not vaccinating in order to make people ponder their decisions more fully. State regulations could limit surcharges to ensure they don’t put insurance itself out of parents’ reach. 

However, there needs to be more put in place for parents who can afford the insurance hike and the fines. People in a wealthier bracket are just as likely to avoid vaccinations, and just as susceptible to the anti-vaccination propaganda. In fact, one of the bigger outbreaks of measles was in Disneyland, California, where children from upper-class families who were not vaccinated spread the disease. 

Second, the federal government should fund and encourage states to set up and study vaccination-exemption monitoring programs modeled off existing efforts to monitor drug prescriptions. Currently, a tiny number of irresponsible doctors have embraced discredited theories about vaccines and offer “medical” exemptions to parents who simply ask for them. Unfortunately, there’s no way to spot these doctors, making them difficult to hold accountable. 

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Research DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3546465

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ISRAEL IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST VACCINATED COUNTRIES, STATES DON JURAVIN

Don Karl Juravin REVIEWS Vaccination

While Germany chooses penalties to enforce vaccination, Israel chooses education

JURAVIN RESEARCH found that across the globe, vaccines are not as common as you think. Almost no country has reached the 95% participation rate necessary to achieve the “herd immunity,” except Israel. The anti-vaxx movement has successfully planted roots in many countries in Europe as well as the United States. 

What country is the most successful in vaccinating?

Don Juravin answers that one of the best-vaccinated countries in the world is Israel.

VACCINES AND VACCINATION WORLDWIDE FACTS 

  • Canada has been heading towards mandatory vaccinations.
  • 66 percent of Canadians agree that children should receive all of their vaccinations before going to school. 
  • 88 percent of Canadians believe vaccinations are key to preventing disease. 
  • 28 percent of parents in Canada believe that vaccinating comes with serious side effects. 
  • Penalty way: Germany just passed a law that would fine parents $2,750 if they do not vaccinate their children. 
  • France also passed a law that mandated that children receive 11 vaccines before starting school. 
  • Israel is leading with more than a 95 percent participation rate in vaccines. 

On the heels of the news of a little unvaccinated boy in London, Ontario with tetanus, there has been much fuss on the internet about “forced vaccination. Vaccinations, it seems, are a very contentious issue. According to Juravin,  many feel they are dangerous and thrust upon us for the wrong reasons. Others feel that not vaccinating places the public at risk and that is should be mandated.

Other countries are moving ahead of us in progress. According to Juravin’s research, the United States has been slow to respond to this epidemic of measles and other preventable diseases in terms of legislation. 

🇨🇦 The Candian Way To Vaccination

In February 2015, a poll by the Angus Reid Institute revealed that two-thirds of Canadians believe that children should not be allowed to attend school or daycare if their immunizations are not fully up to date. Interestingly, the country is divided. 

In Ontario and Alberta, parents strongly support mandatory vaccination by four to one, whereas citizens of Quebec are firmly divided one to one. Across the country, parents of older children are more in favour of mandatory vaccination, and parents of young children more supportive of voluntary vaccination.

Does this suggest changing times and a movement towards less complete vaccination across Canada? Why is there more doubt about vaccination safety then there was 20 years ago? Perhaps public health needs some better PR.

According to the survey, 88 percent of Canadians think vaccination is effective in preventing disease, with the skeptical 12 percent mostly falling in the younger age categories. 

An American Example

This kind of skepticism is the same as we see in the United States of America, where some communities demonstrating only 82 percent vaccine uptake, 10 percent less than that required to prevent outbreaks (herd immunity). Measles was able to spread quickly through California this past year as so many children visiting Disneyland were un- or under-vaccinated.

The survey found 28 percent of parents feel there is a “real risk of serious effects from vaccination.” There is potential for serious side effects, but these risks are exceedingly low.

🇩🇪 The German Way Of Penalties

Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children against measles in Germany could be punished with fines of up to €2,500, (which translates to $2,750 in American dollars) according to a draft law presented by the health minister, Jens Spahn.

The law, which is set to come into effect from March 2022 if it passes through parliament before the end of this year, would make vaccination against measles mandatory for all children attending nurseries and schools, as well as teachers, educators and medical staff at hospitals and surgeries.

No Vaccination, No Kindergarten

By July 2020, parents signing up their children for kindergartens or schools would need to either provide evidence that their children have been vaccinated or proof of a medical condition that prevents their offspring from getting the jab.

According to estimates by the health ministry, the law would also affect about 361,000 non-vaccinated children already attending a school or kindergarten, as well as about 220,000 adults.

“All parents should be safe in the knowledge that their children cannot be infected with and endangered by measles,” Spahn said.

Juravin reports that this may not be unwarranted. Governments worldwide have in recent months been forced into action by a rise in the number of measles cases and a growing trend towards “vaccination hesitancy”, driven partly by anti-vaccination scare campaigns. Germany’s disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute, recorded 170 new cases of measles in the first two months of 2019 alone. Measles, while seemingly innocuous, can lead to complications such as pneumonia and inflammation of the brain. These complications can lead to death

Don Karl Juravin Finds Lower Vaccination In Germany

The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) is a particular focus of the “anti-vaxxer” movement. In 1998, the discredited physician Andrew Wakefield published fraudulent research in the Lancet that suggested the vaccine had a role in causing autism.

Measles can cause debilitating or fatal complications, including encephalitis, pneumonia, and permanent vision loss, to which babies and young children with weak immune systems are particularly vulnerable.

In Germany, coverage with the first dose of the measles vaccine has in recent years stalled at 93%, short of the 95% coverage, the World Health Organization states is required to prevent mass outbreaks. In 2017, only the two formerly East German states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg met the WHO’s “herd immunization” requirement, with only 89% coverage in Baden-Württemberg in the wealthy south-west of the country.

“I want to wipe out measles,” said Spahn, a former candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as leader of the Christian Democratic Union, hailing vaccinations as “one of humanity’s greatest achievements”.

The minister’s initiative was praised by members of the Social Democratic Party, the junior coalition partner in Germany’s “grand coalition” government. “Individual freedom finds its limits where it endangers the health of others,” said the SPD leader, Andrea Nahles, who signaled her party’s support for the draft law. “That’s why I consider it important to make vaccination against infectious diseases like measles mandatory.”

Some Green party politicians have voiced reservations about the proposals, arguing that mandatory vaccination would be more likely to increase distrust among skeptics. “Spahn should focus on convincing people … instead of coercing them,” the Green politician Kordula Schulz-Asche said.

🇫🇷 The French Way Of Mandatory Vaccination

In France, in 2017, laws were passed by the government making 11 vaccines mandatory. Previously, only three vaccines were required by law. The French are more opposed to vaccines than in other countries. A poll in 2017 noted that 41 percent of French parents are anti-vax.

Ironically, France’s vaccination rates for diphtheria and tetanus are some of the highest in the world. Yet the community there strongly objects to some of the vaccines, finds Don Juravinski

The country has been subject to some small scandals: in 1998 a Hepatitis B vaccine was canceled due to some unexpected side effects. 

The anti-vaxx community in France responded to these incidents and rose up. They created large, powerful online groups to affirm each other. Government-run websites have attempted to counteract the propaganda online but to little effect. Videos on YouTube describing the necessity of vaccines fall short of reaching the audiences desired. 

When it comes to measles, a disease that should have been wiped out years ago by vaccines, France has the lowest vaccination rate in the European Union. 

The government has also tried to equip family doctors with the resources they need to explain to patients the necessity of vaccines. According to Juravin, only 51 percent of doctors in France feel comfortable explaining vaccines to their patients, because of a lack of knowledge and resources. 

🇮🇹 The Italian Way Of Vaccination

A case of what not to do can be found south of France. In Italy, anti-vaxx communities are having a Renaissance, in part because Italian politicians have encouraged and embraced the movement. A group called the Five Star movement refers to HIV as a hoax. 

Italian legislators ended mandatory vaccines for children going to school, making Italy some sort of promised land to the worldwide anti-vaxx community. The measles have broken out, and are infecting thousands of people in Italy. 

Candidates for office have been pushing “measles parties” as a way to infect children with the measles so that somehow they build an immunity to it. Obviously, according to Juravin, this has backfired tremendously. 

The World Health Organization has personally called legislators in Italy out, blaming the epidemic of contagious diseases in Europe on them and their actions. 

Only 82 percent of people in Italy have been vaccinated for measles and rubella, according to some statistics. 

🇮🇱 The Israeli Winning Way is Education

Israel has virtually no problems with vaccines, according to the WHO (World Health Organization). More than 95 percent of children in Israel get their recommended vaccines at the recommended time. 

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