Blog archive

Breaking down Barriers, Building Bridges

Posted on 28 Jul, 2018

The theme of this year’s AIDS2018—International AIDS Conference, was on the theme of “Breaking down Barriers, Building Bridges.”  The opening plenary session included a presentation by AIDS physician, Dr. David Malebranche. As I listened to his presentation, there were moments …more

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Ebola outbreak: Importance of gaining community trust during vaccine roll-out – expert comment

Posted on 24 May, 2018

Original Comment published by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine      The experimental Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV is being deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help stop the spread of the disease. At this crucial time Dr Heidi Larson, Director …more

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Rise in vaccine hesitancy related to pursuit of purity

Posted on 26 Apr, 2018


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Politics and public trust shape vaccine risk perceptions

Posted on 29 Mar, 2018

Nature Human Behaviour  (Published online: 26 March 2018)   There is something about vaccines, and getting vaccinated, that touches nerves – personal, political and cultural nerves. It’s not natural; it hurts (“just a little bit”), and sometimes has side effects. …more

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To wipe out measles, governments must regain social trust

Posted on 28 Feb, 2018

Also in TIME Magazine (click on title) :  The Vaccine-Autism Myth Started 20 Years Ago. Here’s Why It Still Endures Today To wipe out measles, governments must regain social trust Published in the Financial Times  Europe’s measles outbreaks have made headlines in …more

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Global Girl Gang : Social media networks and the HPV vaccine

Posted on 18 Feb, 2018

If there is one time of life when emotional ups and downs are particularly steep—with roller-coaster highs and lows, risky behaviour, and attention seeking at an all-time high—it’s adolescence. It is an exciting, scary, and vulnerable time. Many cultures around …more

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Let Freedom Ring

Posted on 1 Jan, 2018

If there has been a theme over the past year, when it comes to public trust in vaccines, it has been the tension between individual freedoms and social cooperation, between choice and voice as an individual, or choice and voice …more

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A tale of two countries:
The dengue vaccine saga

Posted on 23 Dec, 2017

Heidi Larson, with Will Schulz and Clarissa Simas Dengvaxia, the first promising vaccine to protect against dengue fever, was a step forward in fighting a disease that afflicts millions of people.  But it faced a step backwards following the November …more

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Polio Eradication Hopes and Fears: What Next?

Posted on 4 Nov, 2017

On the occasion of World Polio Day Heidi Larson, Ph.D. & Will Schulz, MSc.  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 …more

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Harnessing innovation in public health

Posted on 17 Sep, 2017

 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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Literature Literature archive

F Gesualdo, N Zamperini, A E Tozzi 2018 VACCINE Vol 36( 34): 5107-5108
JV Lavery 2018 Science Vol. 361(6402): pp. 554-556
Pugliese-Garcia M, Heyerdahl L, Mwamba C, et a;. 2018 VACCINE 4 August 2018, In Press, Corrected Proof

Videos Video archive

Key figures share their perspectives on a controversy that led to the suspension of Ebola vaccine clinical trials in Ghana.

Drs. Heidi Larson and Pauline Paterson of the Vaccine Confidence Project join episode 50 of the Public Health United podcast with Nina Martin, November 2017.

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

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