Blog archive

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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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

L. Tavoschi, F. Quattrone, E. De Vita, P.L. Lopalco 2019 Vaccine Volume 37(49): 7201-7288
Biswal . 2019 NEJM DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1903869
Piot P, Larson HJ, O'Brian KL, et al 2019 NATURE Vol. 575, pages119–129.
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