Public Trust in Vaccines: Defining a Research Agenda

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A founder of biotechnology company CDI Labs, Jef Boeke serves as a professor and director with the NYU Langone Medical Center. Jef Boeke is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an organization that supports a range of independent research and public policy initiatives.

Released by the American Academy in 2014, Public Trust in Vaccines: Defining a Research Agenda is the result of a workshop that was chaired by authoritative professionals from the University of Washington, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This workshop worked to mitigate the erosion of public trust in childhood vaccines by determining the research measures that are necessary to better understand how the general public forms misperceptions about these vaccines.

The initiative concluded that public health leaders must make immunization education a top priority by developing evidence-based actions to promote the optimal use of vaccines. Public Trust in Vaccines recommends that government agencies and private foundations support cross-disciplinary research on the subject of vaccine decision-making, while continually evaluating the effectiveness of existing health communication strategies.