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Public Trust in Vaccines

Vaccines represent a significant scientific triumph and remain a powerful tool for preventive childhood health. As the communal health benefits of vaccination rely upon high rates of immunization coverage, lapses in coverage caused by lack of acceptance can have severe consequences for society. The erosion of public trust in vaccines reduces the effectiveness of vaccination programs and presents potentially severe public health consequences for communities worldwide.

In order to craft evidence-based communication strategies that will improve public understanding of vaccines, this Academy initiative is examining what research is needed to better understand how public perceptions of childhood vaccines are formed. This work is being undertaken by a multidisciplinary committee of experts drawn from medicine, behavioral science, communications, science history, and journalism.

Project Chairs

  • Barry Bloom
    Harvard School of Public Health
  • Edgar Marcuse
    University of Washington
  • Seth Mnookin
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Project Staff

  • John Randell
  • Dorothy Koveal

Related Publications

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Public Trust in Vaccines: Defining a Research Agenda
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014
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Project Chairs

Barry Bloom, Harvard School of Public Heath

Edgar Marcuse, University of Washington

Seth Mnookin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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New Academy Report calls for Research on Parental Decision-Making regarding Childhood Vaccines

Based on a September 2013 American Academy workshop, “Public Trust in Vaccines: Defining a Research Agenda” delineates the types of research that would yield insights to inform evidence-based strategies for effective communication about childhood vaccination.

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