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Anti-vaccination and pro-CAM attitudes both reflect magical beliefs about health

Posted on 18 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson
GM Bryden, M Browne, et al. 2018 Vaccine Vol36,(9): 1227-1234

We examined the relationship between complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use and vaccination scepticism; and specifically whether a person’s more general health-related worldview might explain this relationship. A cross-sectional online survey of adult Australians (N = 2697) included demographic, CAM, and vaccination …more

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Parents’ knowledge, beliefs, and acceptance of the HPV vaccination in relation to their socio-demographics and religious beliefs: A cross-sectional study in Thailand

Posted on 18 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson
MGrandahl , S C Paek, et al 2018  PLoS ONE 13(2): e0193054

Thailand has one of the world’s highest prevalence of cervical cancer, mainly caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV infections can successfully be prevented by vaccination, which is available at a cost but not yet implemented in the national vaccination …more

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A global girl gang

Posted on 11 Feb, 2018 by The VCP
Heidi J Larson. 2018. The Lancet 391(10120), p527–528. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30193-4

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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Vaccination without Litigation — Addressing Religious Objections to Hospital Influenza-Vaccination Mandates

Posted on 7 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson
Opel,et al. 2018 NEJM January 31, 2018 Go to source

Fake facts and alternative truths in medical research

Posted on 4 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson
Bjørn Hofman 2018 BMC Medical Ethics 19:4

Background: Fake news and alternative facts have become commonplace in these so-called “post-factual times.” What about medical research – are scientific facts fake as well? Many recent disclosures have fueled the claim that scientific facts are suspect and that science …more

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Infectious Disease Risk and Vaccination in Northern Syria after 5 Years of Civil War: The MSF Experience

Posted on 4 Feb, 2018 by Heidi Larson
de Lima Pereira A, Southgate R, Ahmed H,et al. 2018 PLOS Currents Disasters Feb 2 . Edition 1. doi: 10.1371/currents.dis.bb5f22928e631dff9a80377309381feb.

de Lima Pereira A, Southgate R, Ahmed H, O’Connor P, Cramond V, Lenglet A. Infectious Disease Risk and Vaccination in Northern Syria after 5 Years of Civil War: The MSF Experience. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2018 

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Measuring vaccine acceptance among Canadian parents: A survey of the Canadian Immunization Research Network

Posted on 28 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson
E Dubé, DGagnon, M Ouakkiet al. 2018 Vaccine e 36 (2018) 545–552

Parental decision making about childhood vaccinations is complex and multidimensional. There is a perception that the number of parents having concerns regarding childhood vaccinations has been increasing in Canada. The aim of this study was to explore vaccine hesitancy among …more

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The influence of political ideology and trust on willingness to vaccinate

Posted on 28 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson
Baumgaertner B, Carlisle JE, Justwan F 2018 PLOS ONE 13(1): e0191728 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0191728

In light of the increasing refusal of some parents to vaccinate children, public health strategies have focused on increasing knowledge and awareness based on a “knowledge-deficit” approach. However, decisions about vaccination are based on more than mere knowledge of risks, …more

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France: How the hive mind is killing the herd immunity that keeps us all safe

Posted on 27 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson

27 JANUARY 2018 – 08:20 AGENCY STAFF  Paris — A rising tide of suspicion amplified by social networks has eroded public trust in modern medicine, leaving scientists and health officials scrambling for ways to shore up its credibility, experts say. …more

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USA: Measles? Bring it on, says ‘vaccine choice’ movement

Posted on 27 Jan, 2018 by Heidi Larson

Joe Accurso, a 47-year-old chiropractor, refused to vaccinate his daughter against polio, measles or whooping cough because he believes that getting sick wouldn’t be dangerous and might even be good for her. I am actually disappointed that she doesn’t have …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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