Vaccine Knowledge Project

Page last updated: 30 January 2020

Geographical location of website owner

Oxford, UK

Website language(s)

English (with option to translate pages using Google Translate)

Website audience(s)

Parents; other adults seeking vaccine information; health professionals involved in advising parents on vaccination issues

Type of organization


Description of the website

The Vaccine Knowledge Project is a UK-based website which aims to be a source of independent information about vaccines and infectious diseases. We provide clear information on complex topics and back it up with references to high-quality research.

The website contains information about every vaccine currently in the UK immunisation schedule, and every infectious disease protected against by these vaccines. We also provide detailed information on safety topics such as vaccine ingredients, vaccine side effects and adverse events, testing and monitoring, and combination vaccines. We have an FAQs page which has answers to many commonly-asked questions about vaccine safety and related issues.

All our content is aimed at the general public, and designed to help people make informed decisions about vaccine issues. The content is also suitable for healthcare professionals such as health visitors, school nurses, general practitioners and paediatricians, who may be advising the public on vaccination issues.

Website’s sponsorship policy

The project is independent of the NHS and UK Government, and does not receive funding from pharmaceutical companies.

Professor Andrew Pollard, who oversees the website, 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.

The project receives funding from the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford.

Website’s content or editorial policy

The Vaccine Knowledge Project is managed by 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 it is as accurate as possible, and overseen by academic staff at the cutting edge of vaccine research.

All medical content on the website and the blog is reviewed before publication by Professor Andrew Pollard, Director of Oxford Vaccine Group.