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Vaccines 2013, 1(3), 204-224; doi:10.3390/vaccines1030204

Sustaining Vaccine Confidence in the 21st Century

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Received: 4 March 2013 / Revised: 17 May 2013 / Accepted: 27 May 2013 / Published: 24 June 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Confidence in Vaccines)
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Vaccination provides many health and economic benefits to individuals and society, and public support for immunization programs is generally high. However, the benefits of vaccines are often not fully valued when public discussions on vaccine safety, quality or efficacy arise, and the spread of misinformation via the internet and other media has the potential to undermine immunization programs. Factors associated with improved public confidence in vaccines include evidence-based decision-making procedures and recommendations, controlled processes for licensing and monitoring vaccine safety and effectiveness and disease surveillance. Community engagement with appropriate communication approaches for each audience is a key factor in building trust in vaccines. Vaccine safety/quality issues should be handled rapidly and transparently by informing and involving those most affected and those concerned with public health in effective ways. Openness and transparency in the exchange of information between industry and other stakeholders is also important. To maximize the safety of vaccines, and thus sustain trust in vaccines, partnerships are needed between public health sector stakeholders. Vaccine confidence can be improved through collaborations that ensure high vaccine uptake rates and that inform the public and other stakeholders of the benefits of vaccines and how vaccine safety is constantly assessed, assured and communicated.
Keywords: vaccine safety; vaccine confidence; vaccine hesitancy; public health; immunization; coverage; pharmaceutical industry vaccine safety; vaccine confidence; vaccine hesitancy; public health; immunization; coverage; pharmaceutical industry
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Hardt, K.; Schmidt-Ott, R.; Glismann, S.; Adegbola, R.A.; Meurice, F.P. Sustaining Vaccine Confidence in the 21st Century. Vaccines 2013, 1, 204-224.

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