As a scientific organization rooted in evidence-based research, ASM strongly supports the universal application of vaccines to prevent illness and death caused by infectious diseases. Despite overwhelming successes, including the eradication of smallpox, many people have questions or misconceptions about how vaccines work. Explore ASM's policy statements, articles and more on the science behind vaccines and what ASM is doing to support vaccine and research policy.
The Science of Vaccination
- E. coli and Burkholderia vaccines with Alfredo Torres
- HPV vaccination with Doug Lowy
- HIV vaccines with Dan Barouch
- Dengue and Dengue Vaccines with Stephen Thomas
- Coronavirus vaccine preparedness with Kizzmekia Corbett
Real World Effectiveness of Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines: April 16, 2021
Overcoming Barriers to Vaccination
- COVID-19 Vaccinations in Underrepresented Communities
- Vaccines Are Critical. Here’s How You Can Help Spread the Word
- Measles Vaccination and Infection: Questions and Misconceptions
- Fact Checking Vaccine Myths Is a Matter of Life and Death (blog by past ASM President Vic DiRita)
- Getting Back to Normal: The Need for a SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine
- COVID-19 Vaccines Signal Light After Dark Days
- A Universal Influenza Vaccine: How Close Are We?
This Week in Virology (TWiV) Podcast: Feb. 14, 2021
Paul Offit joins TWiV to discuss all things vaccine, including how COVID-19 vaccine development was accelerated.
What ASM Is Doing
ASM advocates for investment in the development of vaccines, as well as effective deployment of evidence-based public preventive strategies and education to protect against existing and re-emerging diseases.
Frequently Asked Questions
Vaccine hesitancy—the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines—threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases. In 2019, the World Health Organization declared vaccine hesitancy 1 of the 10 biggest threats to global health.
Global Childhood Vaccination Policies