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Politics and public trust shape vaccine risk perceptions

Posted on 29 Mar, 2018 by Heidi Larson

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 by Heidi Larson

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 by Heidi Larson

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 by Heidi Larson

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 by Heidi Larson

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 by Heidi Larson

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 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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Literature Literature archive

Akseer, Nadia et al. The Lancet , 2018 Lancet Vol 391 (10129):1493 - 1512
Boulton, Matthew L. et al. s 2018 International Journal of Infectious Disease Vol 69:35 - 40
T Chantler et al. 2018 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15 (4) DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15040667

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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