We all view the world through our own lenses. Whether as a scientist (been that), parent (am that), national of a country (twice that), male or female (former)…well, you get the idea. Other filters include language (I speak three), culture, generation, emotional state, personal history, and brain hard wiring (not as hard as you think).

In this blog I aim to explore and perhaps better understand these filters, in particular in relation to people’s decisions about public health, but also life. I currently work for Sanofi Pasteur, a vaccine company with an impressive heritage of public health partnership. My job is to ensure that partnership extends and strengthens into the future. Whilst public health, and vaccination in particular, may be a common subject of discussion here, all opinions blogged, tweeted, or bleated here are my own, and mine alone.



1. Larson H, Leask J, Aggett S, Sevdalis N, Thomson A. (2013) A Multidisciplinary Research Agenda for Understanding Vaccine-Related Decisions. Vaccines. 2013; 1(3):293-304. PDF

2. Wheelock A, Thomson A, Sevdalis N. (2013) Social and psychological factors underlying adult vaccination behavior: lessons from seasonal influenza vaccination in the US and the UK. Expert Review of Vaccines. 12:893-901

3. A. Thomson, M. Watson. (2012) Listen, understand, engage. Sci. Transl. Med. 4, 138ed6 (2012) PDF Full text

4. Decision Making in Immunisation. Watch the video here

5. V. Laurent-Ledru, A. Thomson, J. Monsonego (2010). Civil society: a critical new advocate for vaccination in Europe. Vaccine 29,624-628 PDF