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Vaccine hesitant parents are alienated by society

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For accurate information on the efficiency of vaccines, consult the WHO website.[1]

The Argument

Vaccines have been so successful at reducing disease that we are rarely confronted with their devastating effects. The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Resource to Your Child’s First Four Years (Haelle & Willingham), says it’s important that we change the way we communicate about vaccine hesitancy, and start responding with empathy to those parents who are “utterly terrified of doing the wrong thing — of harming their child when all they want to do is protect them.” Vitriolic and accusatory attacks are counterproductive, widening the divide between those who vaccinate confidently, and those with concerns, she says. “If we’re going to address vaccine hesitancy, we have to address the underlying processes that lead people to believe in fears lacking any scientific basis.”

Counter arguments


[P1] Parents with vaccine hesitancy are bullied into a more entrenched position by societal disapproval.

Rejecting the premises

Further Reading

Why (some) parents don’t vaccinate. Jun 14, 2016 / Natasja Sheriff.


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