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After clean water, vaccination is the most effective public health intervention in the world that saves lives and promotes good health.

Detail Summary
Date 18 December 2018
Time 15:30 - 18:30
Location Academisch Medisch Centrum (AMC)

Vaccines protect everybody. They protect individuals who suffer most from serious infectious diseases, such as young children and the elderly and they also protect people who cannot be or who refuse to be vaccinated. If more than 95% of people in a population have been vaccinated, the number of people who are susceptible to a viral or bacterial infection is so low that infections do not spread easily.

Vaccines are extremely safe, but they do not always protect a person completely: this is an important reason to continue to invest in research focused on improving vaccinations. Inaccurate information on the internet and social media has resulted in more and more parents choosing not to vaccinate their children. This has led to measles epidemics, such as those seen in the pre-vaccination era.

The purpose of the symposium is to update the medical and social science community on access to vaccines; the efficacy and safety of vaccines; the latest achievements in vaccine development; and the reluctance to accept vaccines, both here in the Netherlands and worldwide. The round table discussion will create a platform to discuss the role of vaccination in individual and public health.


15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:10

Welcome by Hans Romijn, Amsterdam UMC

16:10 - 16:30

Immunization: a global priority by Seth Berkley, GAVI / University of Geneva

16:30 - 16:50

New ways to fight Influenza by Jaap Goudsmit, Harvard / University of Amsterdam

16:50 - 17:10

The Dutch situation by Jaap van Dissel, RIVM

17:10 - 17:30

Vaccine hesitance by Stuart Blume, University of Amsterdam

17:30 - 18:00

Round table with Roel Coutinho, Utrecht University
Bas van der Putte, University of Amsterdam 

18:00 - 18:30

Closing & drinks


When: Tuesday, 18 December, 2018
Where: Lecture Room 4, Amsterdam UMC, location AMC, Meibergdreef 9, Amsterdam
Entry: Free of charge. Registration required

Academisch Medisch Centrum (AMC)
Academisch Medisch Centrum (AMC)

Room Location

Meibergdreef 9
1105 AZ Amsterdam

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