About Us

The Vaccine Knowledge Project is a source of independent, evidence-based information about vaccines and infectious diseases. We provide clear information on complex topics and back it up with references to high-quality, reliable research. All our content is aimed at the general public and designed to help people make informed decisions about vaccine-related issues. The content is also frequently used by healthcare professionals such as health visitors, school nurses, GPs and paediatricians.

The Vaccine Knowledge Project is managed by the Oxford Vaccine Group, an academic research group in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Oxford. The site is updated regularly to make sure information is as up-to-date and accurate as possible and is overseen by academic staff at the cutting edge of vaccine research. All medical content is reviewed by Professor Sir Andrew Pollard, Director of Oxford Vaccine Group.

Since July 2016 the Vaccine Knowledge Project has been a member of the World Health Organization's Vaccine Safety Net, a global network of websites providing reliable information on vaccine safety. This means that this website has been judged to meet the World Health Organization's criteria for providing good quality information about vaccine safety issues.

Statement on Funding

The project is run independently by academic staff at the University of Oxford and does not receive any funding from pharmaceutical companies. The project receives funding from the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR is funded by the Department of Health) and from the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. However, the funders have no strategic or editorial role in the development of the website or its content. Professor Sir Pollard is currently chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), an independent statutory body that advises the UK Department of Health on vaccination issues.

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