Global Health Histories: seminar on the cultural contexts of health: vaccine hesitancy. Why do some people not vaccinate?

Webcast on 3 July 2018, from 12:30 to 14:00 CEST

It is widely recognized that immunization is one of the best investments not only for health but also for sustainable development. Despite the phenomenal impact of vaccination on the control and elimination of preventable diseases, some caregivers and health-care workers choose to delay or refuse vaccination.

Vaccine hesitancy poses a threat to the health and well-being of Europeans and is one of the key challenges facing policy- and decision-makers, immunization programmes and communities. Vaccine hesitancy is highly context-specific, with reasons for vaccine acceptance, delay and refusal varying considerably across the WHO European Region.

In this seminar, presented jointly by WHO/Europe and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories at the University of York (United Kingdom), international experts will explore the historical, environmental, cultural and social contexts of vaccine hesitancy and consider its impact on immunization programmes today.


  • Heidi Larson, Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Robb Butler, Programme Manager for Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization, WHO/Europe

Join in the discussion

The discussion will be tweeted live, and a selection of questions will be put to the speakers.

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