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

Overcoming Barriers to Vaccination

In this “Meet the Expert” series by American Society for Microbiology, Dr. Kristen Feemster of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia talks about the factors behind vaccine hesitancy and how to confront misinformation.

Trending Topics

ASM presents Microbial Minutes, a monthly video series of trending topics in the microbial sciences.

Real World Effectiveness of Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

Do Pfizer and Moderna vaccines prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection? Can you transmit the virus after you’ve been vaccinated? How effective are mRNA vaccines in real world scenarios?

Boosters, Half Doses and Mix-Matches

Is Mixing-and-Matching safe and effective? Which COVID-19 vaccine is best? And do differences in dosage and wait times between doses impact vaccine performance?

Global Childhood Vaccination Policies

Vaccines provide the best, and sometimes only, protection from dangerous diseases; thus many countries require or recommend immunization from an early age.


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