Attitudes to vaccination
I have been researching pro-vaccine attitudes and in particular what constitutes pro-vaccine activism (through two case studies of the US and Australia) and vaccination policy. The results of this enquiry are below.
- Vanderslott, S. (2019). Exploring the meaning of pro-vaccine activism across two countries. Social Science & Medicine, 222, 59–66. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.SOCSCIMED.2018.12.033
- Vanderslott. S. (2019). “A Response to ‘Uptake of a Conspiracy Theory Attribution: Part 1 and 2’ by Brian Martin.” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 8 (9): 47-50. https://wp.me/p1Bfg0-4q8.
- Giubilini, A., Caviola, L., Maslen, H., Douglas, T., Nussberger, A.-M., Faber, N. S., Vanderslott, S., Loving, S., Harrison, M., & Savulescu, J. (2019). Nudging immunity: the case for vaccinating children in school and day careby default. HEC Forum https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10730-019-09383-7?wt_mc=Internal.Event.1.SEM.ArticleAuthorOnlineFirst&utm_source=ArticleAuthorOnlineFirst&utm_medium=email&utm_content=AA_en_06082018&ArticleAuthorOnlineFirst_20191013
- Vanderslott S. Book review: Gareth Millward “Vaccinating Britain: Mass Vaccination and the Public since the Second World War.” Public Underst Sci. July 2019:096366251986072. doi:10.1177/0963662519860722 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0963662519860722
- Guibilini, A and Vanderslott, S. Is mandatory vaccination the best way to tackle falling rates of childhood immunisation? (30 September 2019), Oxford Martin School, Available at: https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/blog/is-mandatory-vaccination-the-best-way-to-tackle-falling-rates-of-childhood-immunisation/
- Vanderslott, S. Skepticism to vaccines and what to do about it (August 1, 2019), Our World in Data, Available at: https://ourworldindata.org/vaccine-skepticism
- Vanderslott, S. (March, 2018), ‘Anti-vaxxer effect on vaccination rates is exaggerated’, The Conversation, Available at: https://theconversation.com/anti-vaxxer-effect-on-vaccination-rates-is-exaggerated-92630
- Vanderslott, S. Loving and S. Milicic, A (July, 2017) What’s behind the sudden rise in measles deaths in Europe? International Business Times, Available at: http://www.ibtimes.com/why-deadly-measles-outbreak-europe-killing-so-many-people-2566059
I am also interested in measurement and data collection concerning vaccination:
- Vanderslott, S. (2019) “Study Shows Lower Vaccination Rates for Younger Siblings after Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis in Older Siblings.” Evidence Based Nursing: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31142571ebnurs-2018-102971
- Vanderslott, S. (August 1, 2019) How many people support vaccination across the world? Our World in Data, Available at: https://ourworldindata.org/support-for-vaccination
- Vanderslott, S. (April, 2017) ‘Despite scepticism, Europe has high vaccination rates – but it shouldn’t be complacent’, The Independent, Available at: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/despite-scepticism-europe-has-high-vaccination-rates-but-it-shouldn-t-be-complacent-a7702081.html
- Vanderslott, S. and Roser, M. (2013) Vaccination Page for ‘Our World in Data’ visualising long-term global development trends: https://ourworldindata.org/vaccination
And how vaccination can be viewed in relation to anti-microbial resistance (AMR):
- Vanderslott, S. (December 2018) ‘O’Neil’s 6th commandment’, The Microbiologist https://sfam.org.uk/about-us/our-work/publishing/microbiologist.html
- Vanderslott, S. (November 18, 2017) How new vaccines can help with our antibiotic dependence Our World in Data: https://ourworldindata.org/vaccines-antibiotic-dependence
Policies for neglected tropical diseases
Starting with my PhD this work explores how tropical diseases of empire were repackaged as ‘neglected tropical diseases’ (NTD) concentrating on the 1970s to the present day. As part of the research, I developed a podcast and workshop series with Dr Erman Sozudogru at UCL and undertook fieldwork in Brazil and China on NTD policies. I am currently working on a book based on my PhD research and due to be published by Routledge in the ‘Research on Ignorance Studies’ series in 2020.
- Vanderslott, S. (Under contract – 2020). Attention and Neglect in Global Health: The Currency of Neglect. Routledge.
- Vanderslott S. Neglected Tropical Diseases. Nat Cult. 2020;15(1):78-110. doi:10.3167/nc.2020.150105
- Vanderslott, S. Moving From Outsider to Insider Status Through Metrics: The Inclusion of “Neglected Tropical Diseases” Into the Sustainable Development Goals. J Hum Dev Capab. February 2019:1-18. doi:10.1080/19452829.2019.1574727
- Zheng, Q., Vanderslott, S., Jiang, B., Xu, L.-L., Liu, C.-S., Huo, L.-L., … Zhang, H.-B. (2013). Research gaps for three main tropical diseases in the People’s Republic of China. Infectious Diseases of Poverty, 2(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/2049-9957-2-15
- Vanderslott, S. Neglect in policy problems: the case of ‘neglected tropical diseases’. (2017) Doctoral thesis. UCL (University College London). Available here.
- Vanderslott, S. and Su, Y. (October 27, 2015) ‘Will a Nobel Prize Change China’s Perspective on Innovation?’, CounterPunch, Available here.
Past and present challenges of typhoid
I am working with medical historian Dr Claas Kirchhelle to track the history of typhoid in Oxford and connect this to present day challenges of control and treatment for the disease. This includes a supplement publication we are co-editing for the Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal and as co-curators for a multi-country exhibition ‘Alice in Typhoidland’.
- Vanderslott S., Phillips MT, Pitzer VE, Kirchhelle C. Water and Filth: Reevaluating the First Era of Sanitary Typhoid Intervention (1840–1940). Clin Infect Dis. 2019; 69 (Supplement_5): S377-S384. doi:10.1093/cid/ciz610
- Kirchhelle C, Pollard AJ, Vanderslott S. (2019) ‘Making a Difference? The past, present, and future of typhoid control’ Clin Infect Dis. Volume 69, Issue Supplement_5, 1 November. S375-S411. doi:10.1093/cid/ciz551
- Kirchhelle C, Pollard AJ, Vanderslott S. Typhoid—From Past to Future. Clin Infect Dis. 2019;69(Supplement_5):S375-S376. doi:10.1093/cid/ciz551 https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/69/Supplement_5/S375/5587092
- Kirchhelle, C. and Vanderslott, S. Decades neglecting an ancient disease has triggered a health emergency around the world (30 October 2019), The Conversation, Available at: https://theconversation.com/decades-neglecting-an-ancient-disease-has-triggered-a-health-emergency-around-the-world-121282
- Vanderslott, S. and Kirchhelle, C. (April 2019) ‘How was typhoid eliminated in the past?’, Take on Typhoid Blog http://www.coalitionagainsttyphoid.org/how-was-typhoid-eliminated-in-the-past/
Public health responses during outbreaks
I am part of two large institutional collaborations:
- India case study lead for ‘How health systems response to controversies in new vaccine deployment’ for the ‘Anthropological exploration of facilitator & barriers to vaccine development’ (AViD) project funded by the NIHR: www.avidproject.co.uk
- Literature review lead on ‘Community engagement for health research during outbreaks in Sub-saharan Africa’ for ‘The African coaLition for Epidemic Research, Response and Training’ (ALERRT) project funded by the EU.
- Kraemer MUG, Pigott DM, Hill SC, Vanderslott S, et al. Dynamics of conflict during the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 2018–2019. BMC Med. 2020;18(1):113. doi:10.1186/s12916-020-01574-1
- Paul, KT. Vanderslott, S. Gross, M. (2020 forthcoming) Institutionalized Ignorance in Policy & Regulation. Special issue. Science as Culture.
- Vanderslott, S. What impact will the COVID-19 pandemic have on anti-vaxxers? (9 April 2020), The Conversation, Available at: https://theconversation.com/what-impact-will-the-covid-19-pandemic-have-on-anti-vaxxers-135153
- Vanderslott, S. Pollard, A, Thomas, T. Coronavirus vaccine: here are the steps it will need to go through during development (30 March 2020), The Conversation, Available at: https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-vaccine-here-are-the-steps-it-will-need-to-go-through-during-development-134726
- Vanderslott, S. How to spot coronavirus fake news – an expert guide (20 March 2020), The Conversation, Available at: https://theconversation.com/how-to-spot-coronavirus-fake-news-an-expert-guide-133843
I presented my research about community engagement at the ALERRT Community Engagement workshop held in Dakar, Senegal 17-18 March 2019. The workshop report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics produced a workshop report. Our letter about ‘The importance of community involvement in tackling Ebola’ was published in The Guardian.