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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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Another vaccine confidence breaker in Asia: Indonesia

Posted on 28 Jul, 2016 by Heidi Larson

with Ruoran Li , Doctor of Science candidate in Epidemiology (ScD), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Xiong-Fei Pan, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health,Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China. Last month another vaccine …more

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Vaccine crisis in China — act now to rebuild confidence

Posted on 17 May, 2016 by Heidi Larson

Click here to view the original post by Heidi Larson, Ruoran Li, and Xiong-Fei Pan on the BMJ blog. The recent unfolding of a five year old story of two million doses of vaccines illegally procured and sold across China is a confidence breaker. …more

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Is the “big switch” the final piece in the polio jigsaw?

Posted on 29 Apr, 2016 by Heidi Larson

Click here to view the original Thomson Reuters Foundation post. Last week’s launch of the global polio eradication initiative’s “big switch” has garnered wide interest among the public and the media, and rightly so. According to the World Health Organization …more

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What’s in a name?
Whether Zika or Ebola, the name provokes anxiety and fuels rumours

Posted on 22 Feb, 2016 by Heidi Larson

With Clarissa Simas, reporting from Brazil. So here is a radical thought. The rumour phenomenon around what is causing the microcephaly among babies in Brazil is not all that crazy. The rumours themselves may seem a bit crazy, but the …more

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Ode to Charles Darwin

Posted on 4 Jan, 2016 by Heidi Larson

“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”                               ― Charles Darwin Immunization, since its beginning, has always walked a tense line between individual rights to choice and societal …more

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SPEECH BY H.E. DR. ERNEST BAI KOROMA PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE AT THE STATE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT 11 DECEMBER 2015

Posted on 25 Dec, 2015 by Heidi Larson

I will be posting a New Year’s Commentary on the 4th January, but wanted to end the year with a reflection on Ebola. I found Sierra Leone President Koroma’s speech to his Parliament this month as capturing the sentiments I …more

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European Medicines Agency releases new report confirming HPV vaccine safety

Posted on 6 Nov, 2015 by Heidi Larson

Update: 11 November 2015  The Committee, having considered all the information available, concluded that the evidence does not support a causal association between HPV vaccination and CRPS and/or POTS. The PRAC confirmed that the benefit-risk balance of the HPV vaccines …more

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Literature Literature archive

C. Alberts, MF Schim van der Loeff, Y Hazeveld, et al 2017 BMC Public Health 17:220 DOI: 10.1186/s12889-017-4091-4
Orenstein EW, Orenstein LAV, Diarra K, Djiteye M, Sidibé D, et al. 2017 PLOS ONE 12(2): e0171499. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171499
R. Horton 2017 Lancet Vol 389 (10069)

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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