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Drug Saf. 2012 Nov 1;35(11):1053-9. doi: 10.2165/11635880-000000000-00000.

The globalization of risk and risk perception: why we need a new model of risk communication for vaccines.

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Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.


Risk communication and vaccines is complex and the nature of risk perception is changing, with perceptions converging, evolving and having impacts well beyond specific geographic localities and points in time, especially when amplified through the Internet and other modes of global communication. This article examines the globalization of risk perceptions and their impacts, including the example of measles and the globalization of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine risk perceptions, and calls for a new, more holistic model of risk assessment, risk communication and risk mitigation, embedded in an ongoing process of risk management for vaccines and immunization programmes. It envisions risk communication as an ongoing process that includes trust-building strategies hand-in-hand with operational and policy strategies needed to mitigate and manage vaccine-related risks, as well as perceptions of risk.

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