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 N. 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 US 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.