Confidence Commentary: Blog archive

Separating Vaccination Fact From Fiction

Heidi Larson | 6 Aug, 2017

Remember the H1N1 “swine flu” that was rampant in 2009? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated the global death toll from that pandemic to be more than 284,000. There’s also the influenza pandemic of 1918, which killed at least 50 million people—more than World War I.

The flu vaccine is the most effective way to combat the disease—yet, in many Western countries, rates of vaccination (and not just for the flu) have actually fallen in the past decade.

Why are some people afraid of vaccination when it’s been proven to save lives?  Read more…


From the Center for Vaccine Ethics & Policy
Vaccines and Global Health: The Week in Review

Literature Literature archive

Per Egil Kummervold, William S. Schulz, Elizabeth Smout, Luis Fernandez-Luque, and Heidi J. Larson 2017. BMC Public Health 17 (642). DOI 10.1186/s12889-017-4618-8
E Karafillakis, H. J. Larson 2017 Vaccine July
A.L. Wagner et al. 2017 Vaccine Vol 35: 4362–4367

Videos Video archive

Drs. Larson and Paterson join a discussion on vaccine confidence at Hong Kong University.  September, 2015.

Dr. Larson’s address to the CSIS conference on “The Global Experience in Addressing Cervical Cancer”.

Dr. Larson discusses the VCP’s 2015 report on the State of Vaccine Confidence worldwide.

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