#11 Talking about vaccine safety – Anthony Cox & Daniel Salmon
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With vaccine hesitancy on the rise and misinformation spreading like wildfire on social media, drug safety specialists may have a hard time knowing how to talk about side effects without affecting people’s trust in vaccinations. Anthony Cox from the University of Birmingham and Daniel Salmon from the Institute for Vaccine Safety share their best advice for balanced and responsible vaccine safety communication. Tune in to find out: Why we can’t allow bad actors to damage the drive for openness in research and dataWhy we should be open about uncertainty and always frame risks in the context of benefitsHow to prevent public health advocacy from biasing the science of vaccine safety Want to know more? The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook is a practical guide for anyone who wishes to improve their vaccine communication and challenge misinformation. The CIOMS Guide to Vaccine Safety Communication helps medicine regulators communicate the uncertainties, risks and safety of vaccines. The World Health Organization provides resources on vaccine communication and a series of illustrated articles on vaccine development and distribution. In his Is it Safe? newsletter, Anthony Cox discusses the science, practice, and practicalities of medicine safety – including the latest developments with COVID-19 vaccines. For more on vaccines, check out these episodes from the Drug Safety Matters archive: Convincing the vaccine hesitantKeeping vaccines safeSubstandard and falsified COVID-19 vaccines in the AmericasVaccination errors risk harm and damage trust Finally, we featured these interviews with Anthony Cox and Daniel Salmon as an article in Uppsala Reports, too. Join the conversation on social media Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, and share your thoughts about the show with the hashtag #DrugSafetyMatters. Got a story to share? We’re always looking for new content and interesting people to interview. If you have a great idea for a show, get in touch! About UMC Read more about Uppsala Monitoring Centre and how we work to make medicines safer for patients.
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