Research in Progress Seminar (HRP 283)

Date: April 13, 2016  
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm  
Location: CHP/PCOR Conference Room
117 Encina Commons
Speaker: Heidi J. Larson, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, LSHTM
Associate Clinical Professor, Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle
Fellow at the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security
Title: The State of Vaccine Confidence: A Global Perspective  


The Vaccine Confidence Project (VCP) is a research group, led by Dr. Heidi Larson. The VCP studies the diverse sociocultural, political and psychological influences which affect confidence in vaccines and immunisation programmes in local settings worldwide, as well as examining trans-national influences. The VCP has developed multiple metrics to measure population confidence in vaccines and immunization programmes, from a survey-based Vaccine Confidence Index to temporal analysis of media and social media monitoring of vaccine sentiment  and local qualitative research to understand the drivers of vaccine reluctance and refusal. Together, these diverse metrics  generate a rich picture of the drivers of vaccine confidence to help inform interventions.

While all the evidence points to the importance of understanding locally nuanced drivers of vaccine reluctance to inform interventions, Dr. Larson will talk about the equally important transnational impacts of local vaccine events and emotions through global cases studies on HPV, Polio, Flu and Ebola, and the implications for vaccine preparedness around newly introduced vaccines and programmes as well as pandemic preparedness.