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Minor infectious outbreaks are good tests for communication in case of pandemics

on Fri, 10/25/2013 - 16:33

The recent polio outbreak in Israel – and the vaccination campaign that followed – represented a testing ground for public institutions, which reexamined their public communication strategies after all the mistakes made during the A-H1N1 pandemic in 2009.
Concurrently with such an event, from 2nd to 4th October, Israel also hosted a meeting within the TELL ME Project (Transparent communication in Epidemics: Learning Lessons from experience, delivering effective Messages, providing Evidence), an international project co-funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Community.

TELL ME Midterm review

on Tue, 10/22/2013 - 19:12
The TELL ME Mid-Term Review will take place on November 6th and 7th 2013, at the DG RECHERCHE ET INNOVATION, 21 Rue Du Champ de Mars, 1050 Brussels.
On Wednesday 6th there will be a TELL ME full day rehearsal that will also serve as Board meeting and will start at 2:00PM, in order to allow all partners to effectively attend. On Thursday 7th there will be the TELL ME review, which is scheduled from 9:00AM to 3:00PM.
The event will be chaired by Birgit Van Tongelen (Project Officer) and Professor Zaneta Ozolina (Independent Reviewer).

Why not protect yourself and your family?

on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 16:30

During a recent TELL ME meeting in Haifa, Professor William Fisher, of Western University in London, Ontario, analyzed the reasons of vaccine hesitancy or refusal and how to overcome it. This is a very important topic in view of a possible pandemics, in which the preparedness of states could be compromized by population’s reluctancy to be vaccinated. Both the aspects of people’s attitude to vaccines and of the weight of narratives and urban myths in this field have been deepened by documents already produced by TELL ME project.

Pandemic 2.0

on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 14:19

The cases of human infection with influenza A(H7N9) virus reported in China cannot be called a pandemic. Up to now, there are no signs of human-to-human transmission, as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO). Nevertheless, there is a pandemic which is actually ongoing; we could call it web pandemic 2.0. And is something that does not come without risks.

The virus on the net

Exactly as it happened during the previous pandemic, in 2009, this event was intensely followed and commented about on the internet, particularly on social media.

Vaccine withdrawal and mounting public distrust: an important case study of bad communication in flu prevention campaign

on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 10:11
On Oct 17th, 2012, on the verge of the 2012 seasonal flu vaccine campaign, the Italian Ministry of Health suddenly announced the recall of 2.3 million doses of the Inflexal V flu vaccine, produced by the Dutch company Crucell.

TELL ME WP1 Validation workshop

on Tue, 10/02/2012 - 11:00
The first TELL ME validation workshop will take place in Rome on November 9th at the Hotel NH Leonardo Da Vinci. The overall scope of this workshop will be to validate findings from work carried out in the context of WP1 concerning "population beaviuor douring epidemics".

"FLU from A to Z" guide has been launched on the website

on Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:00
TELL ME website has been updated with a guide to the key words related to the influenza pandemic and its management: "FLU from A to Z".

TELL ME External Advisory Board

on Sun, 09/30/2012 - 11:00
An External Advisory Board has been established. The External Advisory Board (EAB) is expected to play an important role in this project, contributing in a number of ways.