WORKING GROUP ON ONLINE MISINFORMATION


MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUP

 
       
➡️   Marc van RanstProfessor, Department Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Transplantation, Head of the Laboratory of Clinical and Epidemiological Virology, Rega Institute for Medical Research, Belgium
➡️   Philip WeissZN Founder and CEO, ZN Consulting, Belgium
➡️   Katrine HabersaatTechnical Officer, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Immunization programme, WHO, Denmark
➡️    Liudmila MosinaTechnical Officer for New Vaccine Introduction, WHO, Denmark
➡️   Jacques de HallerPast-President of the Standing Committee of European Doctors CPME, Belgium
➡️   Tilen KozoleVice President of European Affairs, European Pharmaceutical Students' Association (EPSA), Belgium
➡️   Dace Zavadska,  Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist, Head of Children Vaccination Centre under Children Clinical University Hospital, Riga, Latvia
➡️   Radovan BogdanovicProfessor of Pediatrics & Pediatric Nephrologist, Paediatric Association of Serbia, Serbia
➡️   Paolo BonanniFull Professor of Hygiene in the Faculty of Medicine and the Director of the Specialization School for MDs in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine at the University of Florence, Italy
➡️   Aubrey CunningtonClinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at Imperial College, and honorary Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
➡️   Simon de LusignanProfessor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics, University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Primary Care, Director, Royal College of General Practitioners Research and Surveillance Centre, United Kingdom
➡️   Simon Kroll,  Professor of Paediatrics and Molecular Infectious Diseases, Imperial College and St Mary’s Hospital, Member of the UK Health Protection Agency Meningococcus Forum, United Kingdom
➡️   Zsofia MesznerDirector of Methodology, Paediatrician and Specialist in Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Paediatrics Heim Pal, Hungary
➡️   Irena BralicAssociate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Split, School of Medicine, Croatia
➡️   Gary FinneganEditor, 7/11 - Vaccines Today, Ireland
➡️   Mihai CraiuProfessor of Pediatrics, Carol Davila University of Medicine Bucharest, Romania
➡️   Mira Kojouharova, Consultant Epidemiologist, National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Bulgaria
➡️   Timo VesikariProfessor Emeritus of Virology and Paediatrics, Director of Vaccine Research Center, Finland

 


THE 2019 MEETING REPORT

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SUGGESTED ACTION PLAN FOR 2020/2021

The action plan is a work in progress. We are currently collecting ideas and suggestions from all stakeholders and members on specifics campaigns that will be implemented in collaboration with the participating organisations and any other who wishes to contribute. 

Target 1: Train and Mobilise HCPs to Engage on Social Media to Fight Misinformation

Need: HCPs, in general,  are currently Social Media Hesitant.  HCPs are often afraid or worried about social media and this needs to be overcome on the Pro-vax side of the battle. Anti-vaxxers dominate the space and yet this can easily change if HCPs, who are in general far more trusted in social media than other people, try to communicate effectively, using social media to build a network that will be highly trusted and will help them amplify the pro-vaccination message.

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Proposed Actions - A series of free-to-view webinars covering: 1. How social platforms work in disseminating information. 2. What are the do and don'ts where they are working with social media? 3. How to react when you face a misinformation issue? 4. Best practice approaches in disinformation. 5. How to link their social platforms with an additional trusted source of information. 6. The power of creating videos in YouTube for direct and customized impact against disinformation.

Target 2: Countering the Disproportionate Number of Websites that Look Scientifically Credible, but are Anti-vax Led

Need: The most damaging misinformation on vaccines is often coming from people with medical credentials spreading unfounded fears. There is an urgent need to put measures in place in order to counter the disproportionate number of websites that look scientifically credible, but are in fact anti-vax led.  We must better formulate our content and cooperate with the media. How could we become more active, upload content, establish points of information to counteract the “disproportionate” number of websites with misinformation peddled by anti-vax activists?

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Proposed Actions - Launching a campaign to adopt a common message to parents across the medical community in order to strengthen the message. Looking to create websites dedicated to clarifying whether an information provided by another website is accurate or wrong.

Target 3: Arm HCPs with the Latest Information on Vaccines to Prepare Them to Actively Counter Misinformation and Advocate Vaccines

Need: To provide continuing education to medical doctors and classes where they can access updated information about new vaccines and safety, so they can always feel comfortable about vaccinations. A need to develop training material for medical doctors that can be used to re-train and update those who have adopted the wrong attitudes towards vaccinations. 

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1) A Policy Focus Group dedicated to facilitating the introduction of vaccinology courses in all medical and paramedical education programs. We need to implement a special course for medical students about vaccinations and the possible adverse events of not vaccinating by examining 20 case scenarios. 


In addition, 2) The development of free-to-view online training and material for HCPs that can be accessed throughout their careers to counter any HCPs vaccine hesitancy. Targeting those who have adopted and established wrong and outdated attitudes towards various vaccines, and vaccinations in general.
         



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