Mérieux Foundation event

Global challenges in vaccine acceptance science and programs

September 24-26, 2018 - Les Pensieres Center for Global Health, Veyrier du Lac (France)


Global challenges in vaccine acceptance science and programs group

Researchers and practitioners working on improving vaccine acceptance and uptake gathered for the sixth annual meeting on vaccine acceptance, organized by the Mérieux Foundation at Les Pensières Center for Global Health in Veyrier-du-Lac, France from 24-26 September 2018.

Members from academia, government, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and companies, media, and the public came together for three days to foster a better understanding about effective communication, the design and evaluation of interventions, the translation of evidence into practice and policy, and in the surveillance of vaccine acceptance and uptake.

This year’s meeting brought people from all across the globe and from many sectors together to discuss challenges and ways to address them with following sessions:

  • Assessing and measuring vaccine confidence: Interventions and approaches
  • Vaccine hesitancy among healthcare professionals
  • Social Media & Big Data analytics
  • How to implement evidence-based data into public health practice
  • Updates on interventions to counter vaccine hesitancy

After 5 successful and informative years, an informal community of practice has been developed by participants that facilitates cross-pollination between the various disciplines and different settings. This community and the benefits of the meeting is described in a video created during the 2017 meeting.

View the video on the community and the benefits of the meeting

Read the Vaccine publications

Download the program


Day 1 Monday, September 24

Day 2 Tuesday, September 25

Day 3 Wednesday, September 26

Session 1: Rapid fire talks

Chair: L. Suzanne SUGGS

  • 9:05 - 9:10

    A ‘special forces’ approach to vaccine reporting

    Cristina LUPU

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  • 9:15 - 9:25

    Changing stories that kill into a ‘verbal vaccine’

    Suzanne TESSELAAR

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  • 9:30 - 9:40

    What we learned from complementary medicine physicians for a review article on HPV vaccine

    Philip TARR

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Session 2: Assessing and measuring vaccine confidence: interventions and approaches

Chair: Cornelia BETSCH

  • 10:30 - 10:50

    Measuring vaccine hesitancy in a national sample of Canadian parents

    Gilla SHAPIRO

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  • 11:00 - 11:20

    Vaccine hesitancy in South Africa: why we need to adapt validated measures

    Charles WIYSONGE

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  • 11:30 - 11:50

    Measuring vaccine confidence or vaccine hesitancy: an overview of measures, challenges, and opportunities

    Cornelia BETSCH

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Session 3: Vaccine hesitancy among health care professionals

Chair: Eve DUBÉ

  • 14:00 - 14:20

    Vaccine hesitancy in general practioners in France

    Pierre Verger

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  • 14:35 - 14:55

    Examining the factors associated with influenza vaccination amongst healthcare workers

    Holly SEALE

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  • 15:10 - 15:30

    Approaches of complementary and biomedical providers to vaccinations in Switzerland

    Philip Tarr

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Session 4: Social media and big data analytics: understanding what impacts peoples decisions to vaccinate in the online & real world

Chairs: Angus THOMSON and Glen NOWAK

  • 16:55 - 17:15

    Using Google cloud and predictive analytics to understand influenza vaccination adherence among people with diabetes

    Michael GREENBERG

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  • 17:30 - 17:50

    Spatial differences in exposure to HPV vaccine information on twitter and its association with coverage

    Julie LEASK

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Session 5: How to implement evidence-based data into public health practice

Chairs: Jonas SIVELÄ & Arnaud GAGNEUR

  • 8:30 - 8:40


    Jonas SIVELÄ

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  • 8:40 - 9:00

    The EMMIE Programme

    Arnaud GAGNEUR

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  • 9:15 - 9:35

    Translating research evidence into public health olicies and practices: the canadian vaccination evidence resource and exchange centre, CANVax

    Eve DUBÉ

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  • 9:50 - 10:10

    ECDC’s perspective on translating evidence into public health action in the area of vaccine hesitancy

    Andrea WURZ

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Session 6: Updates on interventions to counter vaccine hesitancy

Chairs: Saad Omer and Bruce Gellin

  • 10:55 - 11:15

    Vaccine social media intervention trial

    Jason GLANZ

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  • 11:30 - 11:50

    The collaboration for vaccine education and research (CoVER): developing a vaccine education curriculum for physicians to increase vaccine acceptance

    Barbara PAHUD

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  • 12:05 - 12:25

    Combination of fact sheet and motivational interviewing-based Interventions

    Amanda DEMPSEY

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