Explore the stories below to see what healthcare professional and parent groups are already doing to overcome vaccine hesitancy around the world. Be inspired by their successes and activities and use the link below to inform Vaccines Together, and the EIP Network, about the activities, interventions and campaigns that you're working on.This is your chance to publicise your work, help others be inspired, and connect with a network of over 45,000 healthcare professionals to make your campaign have maximum impact.

Hilleman Essay Contest

Dr Maurice Hilleman is considered by many to be the father of modern vaccines. Over the course of his career, he developed many of the vaccines that are routinely recommended for children today. By the end of his career, Dr. Hilleman had prevented pandemic flu, combined the measles-mumps-rubella vaccines (MMR), developed the first vaccine against a type of human cancer, and much more. It is likely that Dr Hilleman’s work has saved more lives worldwide than any other scientist in history. The 2020 Maurice R. Hilleman Essay Contest is coming soon! 

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Vaccine Knowledge Project: Authoritative Information for all

The Vaccine Knowledge Project aims to be a source of independent information about vaccines and infectious diseases. We provide clear information on complex topics and back it up with references to high-quality, reliable research. All our content is aimed at the general public and designed to help people make informed decisions about vaccine issues. The content is also suitable for healthcare professionals such as health visitors, school nurses, GPs and paediatricians.

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Voices for Vaccines: Parents Speaking up for Immunization

Voices for Vaccines is a parent-led organization that supports and advocates for on-time vaccination and the reduction of vaccine-preventable disease. Although the majority of parents choose to immunize their children against disease, most of us do not speak out about our decisions because it seems to us common sense. Unfortunately, increasing numbers of parents are choosing not to immunize or to under-immunize their children, which has led to increasing rates of vaccine-preventable diseases and needless suffering. 

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Antidote: An interactive mobile game as a platform for disease awareness

The game attracts – and keeps – players’ attention and can be used as a platform for disease awareness and public health campaigns. It can also direct people to high-quality information on vaccination, treatments and healthy behaviour. Olli Rundgren, founder of Psyon Games, believes interactive mobile games may be the answer. Five years ago, he assembled a team that includes the developer of the smash hit ‘Angry Birds’, along with artists and experts in immunology. Together they created ‘Antidote’ – a game that combines fun and strategic skill with education. While playing, the players take quick tutorials where they learn about how different bacteria and viruses work and how the human immune system fights them. They typically spend over five minutes per session on tutorials, applying this knowledge in the game.

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WHO: Vaccine heroes: Dr Christa Kuderna, paediatrician, Vienna, Austria

European Immunization Week (EIW) 2019 is an opportunity to celebrate everyday vaccine heroes – the individuals who contribute in so many ways to protecting lives through vaccination – including researchers who develop safe and effective vaccines, policy-makers who make sure every child has equitable access to vaccines, health professionals who administer vaccines, parents who choose vaccination for their children, as well as everyone who seeks out and shares evidence-based information about vaccines. “Vaccine heroes – saving lives through immunization” is a series of personal stories showcasing the many ways in which individuals are helping to achieve the vision of a European Region free of vaccine-preventable diseases as enshrined in the European Vaccine Action Plan 2015–2020.

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Shot by Shot: Stories of vaccine preventable Diseases

Stories put a face on vaccine-preventable diseases. The collection of videos and written stories is an education and awareness resource for patients, colleagues, students, clients, and community. Stories of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases is a collection of stories from people who have been touched by vaccine-preventable diseases. With the success of vaccines, we don't see diseases like meningitis, polio, and hepatitis as often as our parents or grandparents did, but the diseases still touch people in our own communities and cause a huge amount of suffering and death worldwide. 

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e-Bug: Fun games and teaching resources about microbes and antibiotics

e-Bug have developed free face-to-face Train the Trainer sessions for educators. The free half-day training aims to give educators the skills, knowledge and confidence to teach about important health topics using e-Bug resources and to see the e-Bug activities in action. The training includes a combination of e-Bug junior and senior activity demonstrations as well as activities from Beat the Bugs, a six-week community hygiene and self-care course. As an educator, you will learn about an introduction to microbes, hand and respiratory hygiene, food hygiene, oral hygiene, antibiotics self-care, tailored to the groups that you teach.

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