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The Salzburg Statement on Vaccination Acceptance

Dr. Jonathan Fielding is co-author of The Salzburg Statement on Vaccination Acceptance. The authors state their "unwavering commitment to universal childhood vaccination" and pledge to “support the development, testing, implementation and evaluation of new, effective, and fact-based communications programs.” 

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
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From The Salzburg Statement on Vaccination Acceptance:

Immunization represents one of the greatest public health achievements. Vaccines save lives, make communities more productive and strengthen health systems. They are critical to attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Vaccination also represents value for investment in public health. It is undisputedly one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease, each year preventing 2-3 million deaths globally.

We the concerned scientists, public health professionals, physicians, and child health advocates issue this Salzburg Statement along with the International Working Group on Vaccination and Public Health Solutions, proclaiming our unwavering commitment to universal childhood vaccination, and our pledge to support the development, testing, implementation, and evaluation of new, effective, and fact-based communication programs. Our goal is to explain vaccinations to parents or caregivers, answer their questions, address their concerns, and maintain public confidence in the personal, family and community protection that childhood vaccines provide.

Every effort will also be made to communicate the dangers associated with these childhood illnesses to parents and communities since this information seems to have been lost in the present-day narrative.

While vaccine misinformation has led to serious declines in community vaccination rates that require immediate attention, in other communities, particularly in low-income countries, issues such as lack of access and unstable supply of vaccines need to be addressed.

Authors Include:

  • Jonathan Fielding, MD, MPH, is a distinguished professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
  • Scott C. Ratzan, MD MPA MA, Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School; Senior Scholar, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
  • Laura Magaña PhD, President & CEO, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
  • Daniel Salmon PhD MPH, Professor and Director, Institute for Vaccine Safety, John Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Jeanne d’Arc Bisimwa, Nutritionist, University Teaching Hospital of Kigali, Rwanda
  • Jaime Burrows, Director, School of Medicine, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Former Vice-Minister of Public Health of Chile
  • Francis Dien Mwansa, National EPI Manager, Directorate of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Zambia
  • Fabrice Murtin, Senior Economist, OECD
  • Susan Edgman-Levitan PA, Executive Director, MGH John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, Boston, MA

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