Blog archive

Harnessing innovation in public health

Posted on 17 Sep, 2017 by Heidi Larson

 Heidi J. Larson and Neisha Sundaram The second Raffles Dialogue, hosted by the National University of Singapore schools of medicine, public health and public policy along with the National University Health System (NUHS), focused on “The Critical Role of Innovation” …more

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Separating Vaccination Fact From Fiction

Posted on 6 Aug, 2017 by Heidi Larson

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 …more

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EU judgment on vaccine claims: Vaccine confidence breaker or trust builder?

Posted on 12 Jul, 2017 by Heidi Larson

With Shalini Anand reporting from India A recent landmark judgment by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has shaken the global health community. Scientists from all over the world have voiced dissent, as the ruling threatens to undermine science-based evidence …more

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Polio Eradication Hopes and Fears: What Next?

Posted on 27 Jun, 2017 by Heidi Larson

See original post published by The Communication Initiative Coauthors: Heidi Larson & Will Schulz In August 1980, just three months after the World Health Assembly declared smallpox to be officially eradicated, D.A. Henderson stood up to address a gathering at the …more

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“Retro Report” Featuring Heidi Larson and Larry Brilliant

Posted on 16 May, 2017 by Heidi Larson

The New York Times “Retro Report,” features Heidi Larson and Larry Brilliant discussing  two eradication efforts – the programmes to eradicate Smallpox and Polio. The report examines the challenges of  politics and public mistrust in achieving disease control. When facing threats as …more

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ECDC launches Vaccine Hesitancy Catalogue of Interventions

Posted on 26 Apr, 2017 by Heidi Larson

On the occasion of 2017 Immunization Week,  ECDC has launched a new catalogue with  tools and information resources to support EU/EEA countries in addressing the challenging issue of vaccine hesitancy. The catalogue provides examples of practices that can serve as …more

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Missing the signals:  India’s anti-vaccination social media campaign

Posted on 7 Mar, 2017 by Heidi Larson

It is not just in the US and Europe where wealthier populations are among the most vaccine questioning.  India recently launched a one-month campaign to vaccinate over 35 million 9-month to 15-year old children with a measles-rubella vaccine across five …more

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Message for the New Year: The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Posted on 4 Jan, 2017 by Heidi Larson

Looking back at 2016 and thinking about the new year, one of the news items that struck me as having a poignant message for 2017 was from Nigeria.  Last August, two cases of polio were confirmed in Borno State. Nigeria …more

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Dangerous liaisons

Posted on 19 Nov, 2016 by Heidi Larson

Donald Trump could be the biggest single threat to vaccine confidence ever faced.   Trump’s links to the likes of Andrew Wakefield – with his network of celebrity supporters as well as multiple parent associations – is particularly worrying. Furthermore, …more

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State of Vaccine Confidence 2016: Global insights through a 67-country survey

Posted on 9 Sep, 2016 by Heidi Larson

This year’s 2016 State of Vaccine Confidence study surveyed 65,819 individuals across 67 countries, investigating confidence in vaccine safety and effectiveness, as well as perceptions of vaccine importance and compatibility with religious beliefs. The analysis, published in EBioMedicine, was conducted in collaboration with Imperial …more

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Literature Literature archive

Glickman G, Harrison E, Dobkins K. 2017 N Engl J Med 377:1099-1101 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1708223
Filia A, Bella A, Del Manso M, Baggieri M, Magurano F, Rota MC 2017 Euro Surveillance 22(37):pii=30614. DOI:
Mehrotra R, Hariprasad R, Rajaraman P, Mahajan V, Grover R, Kaur P, Swaminathan S 2017 Journal of Global Oncology 0 0:0 DOI: 10.1200/JGO.17.00030

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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