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Spotlight on falling vaccination rates

The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE


'Spotlight on falling vaccination rates' will take place on Thursday 20 February 2020 at the Royal Society of Medicine.

The conference is designed specifically for healthcare professionals and it will focus on understanding why vaccination rates are in decline. The programme will explore the extent to which vaccine hesitancy is a factor, how far delivery problems are responsible, and what can be done to address falling vaccination rates.

Topics include:

  • Why vaccination rates are falling, looking at the data, trends and factors involved
  • Understanding the extent to which vaccine hesitancy and misinformation around vaccines is affecting vaccination rates, with a particular focus on the impact of social media
  • Direct experiences from frontline staff who talk daily with patients, parents, and children, and advice on responding to the questions and concerns raised
  • Practical takeaways on how to address falling vaccination rates, both on a micro-level for frontline staff, and on a macro-level in terms of public health strategies.

Key speakers

  • Dr Mary Ramsay (Head of Immunisation, Public Health England)
  • Dr Heidi Larson (Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
  • Helen Donovan (Professional Lead, Public Health Nursing, Royal College of Nursing)
  • Andrew Gregory (Health Editor, The Sunday Times)


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