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Addressing Global Vaccine Hesitancy: Challenges and Opportunities

Dr. Lavanya Vasudevan, Duke Global Health Institute
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Think Global

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Research Assistant Professor, Duke Global Health Institute
Affiliate, Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research
Affiliate, DGHI Evidence Lab

About the lecture
Parental vaccine hesitancy is defined as the decision of parents to decline or delay vaccines for their children. Due to the recent increase in the numbers and intensity of vaccine-preventable outbreaks globally, the World Health Organization has named vaccine hesitancy as a top 10 threat to global health. In this Think Global talk, Lavanya Vasudevan will use examples from ongoing research in Tanzania and the United States to highlight challenges in addressing parental vaccine hesitancy and future opportunities for intervention.

Lunch will be provided. This event is part of Think Global, a weekly lecture series at the Duke Global Health Institute. It is free and open to the public. Parking for Trent Hall is available in the Duke Medicine Circle Parking Garage, located at 302 Trent Drive.

About the speaker
Lavanya Vasudevan's goal is to reduce avoidable maternal and child deaths globally by promoting uptake of preventive interventions such as vaccinations. Her research aims to identify reasons for under-immunization and develop novel strategies to promote vaccine uptake. She is particularly interested in reducing delays in vaccine uptake and parental vaccine hesitancy.