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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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“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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Literature Literature archive

GM Bryden, M Browne, et al. 2018 Vaccine Vol36,(9): 1227-1234
MGrandahl , S C Paek, et al 2018  PLoS ONE 13(2): e0193054
Heidi J Larson. 2018. The Lancet 391(10120), p527–528. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30193-4

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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