An interdisciplinary team of faculty and graduate and undergraduate researchers created reports, posters, analyses, reflections, information sheets and more in order to understand the nature of vaccination controversy and to inform the public.

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  • Autism and the MMR Vaccine [annotated bibliography] 

    Cobert, Lauren (Virginia Tech, 2010)
  • US Antivaccination Movements [annotated bibliography] 

    Chapman, Jonathan (Virginia Tech, 2010)
  • Vaccine Production and Safety [annotated bibliography] 

    Casady, Megan (Virginia Tech, 2010)
  • State Vaccination Information [annotated bibliography] 

    Fuller, Jessica (Virginia Tech, 2010)
  • Vaccination Schedules [annotated bibliography] 

    Wallen, Andria (Virginia Tech, 2010)
  • Global Antivaccination [annotated bibliography] 

    Frempong, Erica (Virginia Tech, 2010-05)
  • Diversity and Vaccine Controversy 

    Frempong, Erica (Virginia Tech, 2010)
    My area of research dealt with many different aspects of the vaccine movement, the main three were: anti-vaccine sentiments over the Internet, global instances of anti-vaccination efforts, and differences in social class ...
  • Anti-Vaccination Movement 

    Chapman, Jonathan (Virginia Tech, 2010-03-13)
    The current anti-vaccination movements that have established themselves in the United States as well as other regions in the world are like a hydra of discourse. Right when one effective measure is created to convince ...
  • The Autism Vaccine Scare 

    Cobert, Lauren (Virginia Tech, 2010)
    The main goal of vaccination is to stop the spread of communicable diseases. Maintaining a herd vaccination rate of ~90% is how WHO controls outbreaks of preventable infectious diseases. However, the autism vaccine scare ...
  • The Influence of Government and Media on Vaccination Opinions 

    Smith, Carly (Virginia Tech, 2010-05-10)
    Multitudes of vaccines have been produced since the introduction of the very first against smallpox. Some saw success while others were failures. No matter the vaccine, though, there are always those who resist for one ...
  • Vaccine Controversy Medical Oversight 

    Casady, Megan (Virginia Tech, 2010)
    The anti-vaccination movement has gained significant influence because of its extremely diverse underlying support. From distrust of governmental policies regarding vaccination to scientific data that seemingly proves the ...
  • Influenza Vaccine History 

    Nesterova, Darya (Virginia Tech, 2012-10)
    This media information sheet provides a brief overview of the history of Influenza vaccine development and recommendations made over time concerning vaccine use.
  • Andrew Wakefield and the MMR Vaccination Controversy 

    Kasik, Olivia (Virginia Tech, 2012-03)
    This information sheet seeks to explain Andrew Wakefieldʼs role in the MMR vaccination controversy and the reaction that followed from his 1998 publication in The Lancet.
  • The Thimerosal Controversy 

    Sutherland, Aimee (Virginia Tech, 2013-04)
    Historically, there has always been a degree of concern related to vaccination. While public health policy in the early 1900s was more concerned with the contamination of vaccine vials with microbes, such as tetanus, that ...
  • Pandemic Influenza 

    Nesterova, Darya (Virginia Tech, 2012-12)
    This media kit explores the reasoning behind the belief that an influenza pandemic is imminent.
  • Human Papillomavirus and Gardasil 

    Patel, Elena; Ghebremichael, Mecal; Sutherland, Aimee (Virginia Tech, 2013-10)
    Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexual transmitted disease (STD), with 79 million Americans currently infected and 14 million new infections occurring annually... The pharmaceutical company Merck developed ...
  • VAERS Flowchart: How an Adverse Report Following Vaccination Is Assessed 

    Patel, Elena; Lutton, Jonathan (Virginia Tech, 2013)
  • Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System 

    Peddireddy, Varsh (VT Continuing and Professional Education, 2013-10)
    The primary purpose of VAERS is to detect new, unusual, or rare adverse effects associated with vaccines. In particular, the system is used to monitor increases in known adverse events, to identify potential risks factors ...
  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome 

    Peddireddy, Varsh (Virginia Tech, 2013-10)
    In 2012, a new coronavirus called, MERS-CoV emerged in Saudi Arabia. Coronavirus is the name for a group of viruses that have crown-like spikes on their surface. There are three main sub-groupings of coronaviruses, known ...
  • Disneyland Measles Outbreak 

    Palladino, Erica (Virginia Tech, 2015-05)
    This media information sheet analyzes print and online coverage of the 2015 Disneyland measles outbreak. The frameworks that the media used to report on the outbreak presented vaccination as the only viable option from ...

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