Media surveillance system analyses public concerns about vaccines

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Research published this week in The Lancet Infectious Diseases highlighted the importance of monitoring the media to analyse public concerns about vaccines. The researchers applied a surveillance system to gather 10380 vaccine-related media reports from 144 countries over the course of a year. The reports were analysed for overall positive or negative sentiment towards vaccines. The researchers found that:

  • 69% contained positive or neutral content
  • 31% contained negative content
  • Of the negative reports:
    • 24% were associated with impacts on vaccine programmes and disease outbreaks
    • 21% with beliefs, awareness, and perceptions
    • 16% with vaccine safety
    • 16% with vaccine delivery programmes.

The researchers say that real-time monitoring and analysis of vaccine concerns over time and location could help immunisation programmes address specific public concerns. The study comes not long after a team of researchers tracked 318,379 pro- and anti-vaccine messages on the social networking website Twitter to show that anti-vaccination statements were socially contagious while pro-vaccination statements were not.

Read the journal article here  >

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Comments 1

  1. Jagannath Chatterjee

    If there are concerns they ought to be addressed without brushing them under the carpet. It is not only the general population but also doctors and health care providers who have concerns. This is reflected in the abysmal uptake of mandated vaccines for this group. The doctors do not stick to the shots, and the nurses, on whom the pressure is great are fighting them or preferring to quit. I would not be enthusiastic about getting a shot after going through the ingredients list and the adverse effects detailed in the package inserts, and also after reading about vaccine politics and conflict of interest written about in various medical journals. The latest article about flu vaccination and disease mongering by Peter Doshi of John Hopkins in the BMJ should be an eye opener for everyone.

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