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The State of Vaccine Confidence 2018

Posted on 23 Nov, 2018

The Lancet  COMMENT| VOLUME 392, ISSUE 10161.   On Oct 17, 2018, WHO reported 52958 measles cases in the European region since the beginning of 2018, which is more than double the 23 757 cases reported for Africa in the same …more

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Looking beyond the Decade of Vaccines

Posted on 18 Nov, 2018

A new Lancet editorial on the “Decade of Vaccines”, takes a long term view and recognizes that, ” in the current social and political climate, perhaps it is time to re-evaluate.” In addition to acknowledging advances, it takes a sobering …more

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BBC investigation on dangers of fake news echo risks to vaccine confidence

Posted on 12 Nov, 2018

A new BBC investigation into fake news in Africa and India shows the viral power of misinformation on public sentiment  and behaviours. These dynamics are equally dangerous in their power to undermine vaccine confidence and trigger vaccine refusal and the …more

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NEW REPORT: The State of Vaccine Confidence in the EU: 2018

Posted on 26 Oct, 2018

High confidence in vaccination programmes is crucial for maintaining high coverage rates, especially at levels that exceed those required for herd immunity. Across the European Union (EU), however, vaccine delays and refusals are contributing to declining immunisation rates in a …more

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The biggest pandemic risk? Viral misinformation

Posted on 18 Oct, 2018

published in Nature 562, 309 (2018) A century after the world’s worst flu epidemic, rapid spread of misinformation is undermining trust in vaccines crucial to public health. A hundred years ago this month, the death rate from the 1918 influenza was at …more

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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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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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