Blog archive

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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Rise in vaccine hesitancy related to pursuit of purity

Posted on 26 Apr, 2018


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Politics and public trust shape vaccine risk perceptions

Posted on 29 Mar, 2018

Nature Human Behaviour  (Published online: 26 March 2018)   There is something about vaccines, and getting vaccinated, that touches nerves – personal, political and cultural nerves. It’s not natural; it hurts (“just a little bit”), and sometimes has side effects. …more

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To wipe out measles, governments must regain social trust

Posted on 28 Feb, 2018

Also in TIME Magazine (click on title) :  The Vaccine-Autism Myth Started 20 Years Ago. Here’s Why It Still Endures Today To wipe out measles, governments must regain social trust Published in the Financial Times  Europe’s measles outbreaks have made headlines in …more

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Global Girl Gang : Social media networks and the HPV vaccine

Posted on 18 Feb, 2018

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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Let Freedom Ring

Posted on 1 Jan, 2018

If there has been a theme over the past year, when it comes to public trust in vaccines, it has been the tension between individual freedoms and social cooperation, between choice and voice as an individual, or choice and voice …more

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A tale of two countries:
The dengue vaccine saga

Posted on 23 Dec, 2017

Heidi Larson, with Will Schulz and Clarissa Simas Dengvaxia, the first promising vaccine to protect against dengue fever, was a step forward in fighting a disease that afflicts millions of people.  But it faced a step backwards following the November …more

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Videos Video archive

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.

Prof Larson discusses vaccine hesitancy and its implications across global health in this webinar.

Literature Literature archive

HC Maltezou, C Ledda, V Rapisarda 2019 Vaccine Vol 37(32): 4419-4658
Sabahelzain MM et al. 2019 PLoS ONE VOl 14 (6): e0213882.
KT Paul, K Loer 2019 Journal of Public Health Policy Volume 40, Issue 2
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