50 years in the fight against infectious diseases 1967 – 2017

Mérieux Foundation Event

Vaccine Acceptance: Science, Policy, and Practice in a “Post-Fact” World

25 - 27 September 2017 - Les Pensières Center for Global Health, Veyrier-du-Lac (France)

Summary

Significant gaps in coverage in immunization programs are leading to outbreaks of preventable diseases such as measles, whooping cough, rubella, and mumps across Europe and North America.

To address this budding public health crisis – in June 2017 Europe has already seen more than 11,000 cases of measles, including 30 deaths in Romania – states are considering mandates for infant immunization.

In this post-truth world, vaccination is being used as a platform for populist politicians in Italy, and even the President of the United States Donald Trump has cast spurious doubts on the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

In June 2017 the EU High Court ruled that vaccines may be associated with illnesses without any scientific evidence of casuality.

This meeting will bring together both researchers and practitioners working on vaccine acceptance and uptake to identify policies and practices that are working or could work to build and sustain trust in vaccines.

Program

Monday, September 25

Tuesday, September 26

Wednesday, September 27

  • 18:40 - 19:30

    Keynote address: Turmoil, trust and truth; immu-nising today’s ‘post fact’ world

    Joanne Yarwood

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Session 1 - Rapid fire talks

Chair: Angus Thomson

  • 8:40 - 8:50

    How to respond to vocal vaccine deniers – Experimental evidence and a new best practice guidance by WHO/Euro

    Dorothee Heinemeier

  • 8:50 - 9:00

    Parental knowledge, opinions and beliefs to enhanced program of immunization vaccines in a reference vaccination center in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

    Harvey Attoh-Touré

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  • 9:10 - 9:20

    How a model for evaluating communication strategies could help to unpack and address vaccine hesitancy

    Jessica Kaufman

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  • 9:20 - 9:30

    Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI): strategies for communicating with hesitating parents in primary care

    Nina Berry

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  • 9:30 - 9:40

    Protecting tomorrow today: a clinic-centered public campaign

    Angus Thomson

Session 2 - Social marketing and vaccination acceptance: understanding and addressing determinants of behaviors and mechanisms of change in context

Chair: Suzanne Suggs

  • 10:30 - 10:50

    Social marketing and vaccination acceptance: understanding and addressing determinants of behaviors and mechanisms of change in context

    Suzanne Suggs

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  • 11:05 - 11:25

    Creating demand for HPV vaccination: Branding and social marketing strategies

    William Douglas Evans

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  • 11:40 - 12:00

    Engaging parents to advocate for immunizations in their communities: results from an evaluation of the immunity community program

    Clarissa Hsu

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Session 3 - Supporting HCWs to foster trust in vaccination

Chair: Arnaud Gagneur & Nina Berry

  • 14:00 - 14:20

    Let’s talk vaccination: the AIMS approach to vaccine conversation

    John Parrish-Sprowl

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  • 14:00 - 14:20

    Let’s talk vaccination: the AIMS approach to vaccine conversation

    Angus Thomson

  • 14:35 - 14:55

    PromoVac update : From PromoVac to EMMIE program

    Arnaud Gagneur

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Session 4 - How do we sustain acceptance in societies with mandates

Chair: Katie Attwell

Session 5 - Translational: How do we align research goals with public health needs

Chair: Eve Dubé

  • 8:30 - 8:50

    Improving uptake and acceptance of maternal and childhood vaccines in pregnancy in Australia - a novel and sustainable approach

    Margie Danchin

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  • 8:50 - 9:10

    Integration of research into policy: the Québec’s experience

    Monique Landry

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  • 9:10 - 9:30

    Notes from the periphery: When policy drives data (and ways to keep data in or near the driver’s seat)

    Brent Wolff

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Session 6 - Debate Part 1

Chair: Eve Dubé

  • 9:30 - 10:15

    Workshop 1: Evidence informed policies and practice

    Nick Sevdalis & Saad Omer

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Session 7 - Debate Part 2

Chair: Arnaud Gagneur & Rachel Green

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