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Scientific evidence is clear: Vaccination is good for people and society. Online discussions are increasingly reflecting that reality. As measles outbreaks spread across the U.S., our new look at how information about vaccine safety and reliability spreads online suggests that the tide may be turning against the anti-vaccination movement. Between Jan. 1 and March 28, 387 people contracted measles in 15 U.S. states. Mumps is also coming back, with 151 infections in just the first two months of 2019. Both of these dangerous and deadly diseases can be prevented by ...
02.04.2019 · From The_Conversation_USA
Listening to people's concerns is important when talking to someone who is hesitant about vaccination. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has named vaccine hesitancy as one of their top 10 threats to global health for 2019. Last week, the wife of an NRL footballer made national headlines after posting on Instagram that the couple did not plan to vaccinate their children. Indeed, there’s rarely a time vaccination isn’t a hot topic of public debate. What’s important to note is that anyone can ...
19.02.2019 · From The_Conversation_Australia
Around the world, vaccines are in retreat, shunned by populations who, for the most part, have never been exposed to the diseases that blighted or shortened the lives of their grandparents’ generation. But with the possible exception of quinine – for centuries the only treatment for malaria – and antibiotics, vaccines have saved more lives than any other intervention in medical history. This growing vaccine hesitancy is not confined to a particular religious or ethnic group or bounded by ideology, class or economic circumstance…
15.02.2019 · From The_Conversation_UK
Vaccine work because they help create herd immunity. Across the country, billboards are popping up suggesting that vaccines can kill children, when the science behind vaccination is crystal clear – vaccinations are extremely safe. Researchers who study the beliefs of anti-vaxxers have found many different reasons, not just religious or political, as to why some parents refuse to get their children vaccinated. As a bioethicist who investigates how societal values impact medicine, I consider such decisions to be downright indefensible. And here are three reasons …
19.11.2018 · From The_Conversation_USA