Using a Global Pandemic as a Teachable Moment to Promote Vaccine Literacy and Build Resilience to Misinformation*

Vanderpool et al.

Original English article published in the American Journal of Public Health:

[Extract] Vaccination against infectious disease has been recognized as one of the “Ten Greatest Public Health Achievements” of the 20th century, given the substantial impact immunizations have had globally across a  range of diseases, including polio, influenza, pneumonia, measles, mumps, rubella, viral hepatitis, pertussis, and oncogenic human papillomarvirus.1 Population-level vaccination programs have resulted in significant declines of new cases of disease, decreased morbidity and mortality, lower health care costs, and improved productivity.1 However, despite the proven clinical and cost effectiveness of vaccination, vaccines have not yet achieved their full potential, as rates of immunization among children and adults remain suboptimal, leading to a resurgence of some infectious diseases (e.g., measles).[...]

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American Journal of Public Health