Blog archive

Hats Off to the Polio Eradication Initiative’s International Monitoring Board

Posted on 3 Dec, 2012

I really think that the International Monitoring Board (IMB) of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative should get an award for transparency and honesty. Both are rare traits, and the dearth of both has been a key driver of the pockets …more

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Getting in touch with the long term

Posted on 26 Nov, 2012

My recommended reading as we approach flu season, and for those interested in public trust in vaccines, is an article that was recently published in PlosOne [2012: 7(11) ]. “Longitudinal Investigation of Public Trust in Institutions Relative to the 2009 …more

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Getting Real with the Public

Posted on 19 Nov, 2012

On the 6- 8th November 2012, the eminent “SAGE” (Strategic Advisory Group of Experts) on Immunization met in Geneva at the World Health Organization (WHO).  SAGE is  charged with advising WHO on overall global policies and strategies, ranging from vaccines …more

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The Confidence Gap revisited

Posted on 12 Nov, 2012

“The Confidence Gap: Why the Obama administration needs to restore public faith in the safety of childhood vaccines.” This could have been the title of an article in the recent media coverage of Obama’s election which has been calling out …more

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What do Nigeria, Germany and Pakistan have in common?

Posted on 5 Nov, 2012

The recently released UNICEF quarterly report on polio communication called “Missed” is a fascinating window on all the reasons why children unvaccinated for polio are “missed”(a bit too passive of a word for some of the overt, conscious decisions described …more

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The future of global health:Implications for vaccines?

Posted on 22 Oct, 2012

This week Berlin is hosting the fourth annual World Health Summit whose theme is “Research for Health and Sustainable Development”.  The theme is generic, perhaps sounding benign, but the substance of the meeting’s sessions have been hardly benign. The Summit …more

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The Hajj: world window on the state of polio (and other vaccine preventable diseases)

Posted on 15 Oct, 2012

This week, Eurosurveillance published a report  on health hazards and recommendations for pilgrims preparing for this year’s Hajj. It is a poignant capturing of the state of globally circulating infectious diseases. Below is the perspective on polio, as seen from …more

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The pertussis story

Posted on 8 Oct, 2012

Recent research published in the New England Journal of Medicine (Klein , 2012) reports that the pertussis vaccine protection wanes over time.  The article, “Waning Protection after Fifth Dose of Accellular Pertussis Vaccine in Children”, concludes that the protective effect …more

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On Timing: The stumbling blocks between scientific discovery and making use of it

Posted on 1 Oct, 2012

Last week, Singapore is hosting its first International Public Health Conference. The theme is “Translating public health research into practice”. The theme is close to the heart of The Vaccine Confidence Project as we seek to better understand public views and …more

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Outbreaks: Disease, Violence and Rumours

Posted on 24 Sep, 2012

Since April this year, 22 people have died in measles outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (In 2011, measles deaths in the DRC soared to over 1,000). Last week nearly 20 people died in Pakistan in outbreaks of …more

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Videos Video archive

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission joined forces to tackle the issue at the first global vaccination summit. Although many of them live in developing countries with poor access to vaccines, scientists are worried that anti-vaccination campaigners in the developed world are spreading misinformation on social media. So what’s the cure for their scepticism?

Emilie Karafillakis, research fellow for the Vaccine Confidence Project, speaks to France 24 about the rising anti-vaccination sentiment that is rising throughout Europe, especially in France where a recent study revealed 1 in 3 citizens believe vaccines are unsafe.

In this episode of Take as Directed, J. Stephen Morrison speaks with Dr. Heidi Larson on why vaccine confidence is currently in crisis, and how this has fueled outbreaks such as measles and the persistence of polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Literature Literature archive

AB. Wiyeh, et al. 2019 Vaccine Vol 37:6317–6323
Evans DR, et at. 2019 VACCINE Vol 37(40):6008-6015
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