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Risk perceptions:  A question of over-confidence?

Posted on 16 Jul, 2012

This week in Sydney, Australia,the Society for Risk Analysis is convening their annual World Congress on Risk, this year on the theme of “Risk and Development in a Changing World.” The conference sessions address a range of topics on risks …more

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Pax Polio?

Posted on 9 Jul, 2012

The Lancet published an important article this past week (on-line 3 July 2012)—“The effect of mass immunisation campaigns and new oral poliovirus vaccine on the incidence of poliomyelitis in Pakistan and Afghanistan, 2001-2011”. The research points to good news and …more

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Mass gatherings

Posted on 25 Jun, 2012

What do sports, religion, and rock stars all have in common?  And what do they have to do with confidence in vaccines and public health? Sports events, religious festivals and rock concerts all draw a crowd, or a “mass gathering” …more

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Keeping Perspective

Posted on 18 Jun, 2012

The recent news of the ban on polio vaccination in North Waziristan, Pakistan, called for by Taliban warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur, has dominated the polio presscoverage.  There has been an appeal by the local polio programme for dialogue to resolve …more

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“Game changers”:  Whose game is being changed?

Posted on 14 Jun, 2012

This week London hosted the Pacific Health Summit, in reality a Global Health Summit, born in Seattle. The theme was “Game Changers” and focused on technologies for health. Not just health technologies, but technologies for health. While some specific technologies …more

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It’s not just about the children: Why a proposed ban on thiomersal in vaccines is “gravely” concerning

Posted on 7 Jun, 2012

Later this month, from the 27 June to 2 July 2012, Uruguay will host the fourth session of “the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC), established by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), to prepare a legally binding instrument on mercury.” So, what …more

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Media and Vaccines

Posted on 31 May, 2012

Earlier this week, I published a piece in The Guardian which seems to have quickly travelled its way around the world, commented on in a related Opinion piece by David Ignatius in The Washington Post which was then syndicated as …more

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Vaccines, Confidence, and the World Health Assembly

Posted on 5 May, 2012

This week at the annual World Health Assembly (WHA), there are key vaccine issues on the table for discussion and decision. An intensification of the global polio eradication initiative1—in fact a call for an emergency approach—and a draft global vaccine …more

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Welcome to the Vaccine Confidence Project

Posted on 1 Apr, 2012

The Vaccine Confidence Project aims to build a multi-disciplinary network of biomedical scientists, decision-making experts, psychologists, and social scientists to examine the influences that affect individual decisions on whether to immunise. Health choices are influenced by a range of scientific …more

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Literature Literature archive

Larson HJ, Schulz WS. 2019 SCIENCE VOL 364 ISSUE 6436
O Baggio, C A Camara and C Prue 2019 Humanitarian Exchange Magazine Number 74, February 2019
R. Wilson, P. Paterson , H. J. Larson 2019 BMC Public Health 19:342

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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