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Dramatic drop in public confidence after Philippines dengue vaccine controversy

Posted on 12 Oct, 2018

  The Philippines’ highly politicised response to newly-reported risks of a dengue vaccine led to a dramatic drop in public trust in vaccines overall, in  new research published in Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics. Led by the Vaccine Confidence Project at …more

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Fight the infectious disease in the air — ‘fake news’

Posted on 20 Sep, 2018

Thanks to Naveen Thacker for this timely commentary: I have been a paediatrician for over three decades and have had parents come to me with many questions about their children’s health. But over the last year I have seen a …more

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Concerning trends in spread of vaccine derived polioviruses

Posted on 2 Sep, 2018

Below are extracts from the eighteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) convened on 15 August 2018 by the Director General  at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited Member States :   Vaccine …more

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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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Literature Literature archive

K. Hartigan-go 2018 Value in Health Vol 21 (10): 1150–1151
Hussain A, Ali S, Ahmed M, Hussain S 2018 Cureus. 3;10(7):e2919. vol 10(7):e2919 doi: 10.7759/cureus.2919.
AC de Munter, ATostmann SJM Hahné, et al. 2018 European Journal of Public Health Vole 28( 5): 922–927 ,

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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