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Lessons from an online vaccine communication project.

A new interesting article has been published in Vaccine. 2018 Oct 22;36(44):6509-6511. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.05.007. Epub 2018 Jun 18. and titled:

Lessons from an online vaccine communication project.

Authors of this article are:

Finnegan G, Holt D, English PM, Glismann S, Thomson A, Salisbury DM, Bogaerts H, Bonanni P.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Most members of the general public use the internet to research health topics. However, the quality of vaccine-related material available online is mixed and internet search engines often bring web users to low-quality anti-vaccine websites. We present a case study of a pro-vaccine information hub launched in 2011. Vaccines Today provides high-quality information about vaccines and diseases, expert interviews, answers to frequently asked questions, parent/patient stories and videos/infographics. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram are used to share this content and to engage with various online audiences. This Commentary outlines what works in online communication about vaccines and offers proposals for improving the impact of online vaccine advocacy. The value of networking to boost visibility and search engine ranking is emphasised. Furthermore, we present the case for the sharing and application of best practice in online communication.

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Communication;Health communication;Science communication;Vaccine confidence;Vaccine hesitancy;Websites

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