Teaching vaccine safety communication to medical students and health professionals

Curr Drug Saf. 2015;10(1):23-6. doi: 10.2174/157488631001150407104537.


Not only the general public, but also those studying to become health professionals, are struggling to keep up with a growing body of evidence and increasingly complex information about the many different types of vaccines available to date. At the same time, a number of increasingly complex subjects of study are competing for their attention during undergraduate and graduate education. In many medical school curricula in German-speaking countries, the subject of vaccines has been entirely omitted, or is regarded a minor subtopic. During the studies, most medical school curricula in German-speaking countries do not offer obligatory courses and/ or hands-on training vaccinology in vaccination. In Germany, private pediatricians administer the majority of immunizations. Even during postgraduate training programs in pediatrics, which are largely hospital-based, vaccinations are rarely a topic, and vaccinology remains a "hobby" and a "field without lobby" lacking specific certification requirements. Studies of acceptance of vaccines among health professionals and medical students have shown that many may still have their own doubts and uncertainties about vaccines revealing a number of unanswered questions during their studies and postgraduate training.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Clinical Competence
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / education*
  • Health Communication*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Patient Safety
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Protective Factors
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Students, Medical*
  • Teaching / methods*
  • Vaccination* / adverse effects
  • Vaccines / adverse effects
  • Vaccines / therapeutic use*


  • Vaccines