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Politicizing the Vaccination Fight Could Make Things Worse

Politicizing the Vaccination Fight Could Make Things Worse

Source: New York Magazine

As opposed to dealing with vaccinations as a political issue, how should they be addressed? The expert consensus at the moment seems to be: (1) Researchers haven’t yet figured out which messages can bring anti-vaccine folks into the fold; and (2) to the extent any messages are effective, they have to come from local, trusted figures rather than dictates issued on high from politicians or national-level health authorities like the CDC. Pediatricians are one example. “We know, based on several studies now, that parents really look to their parents’ pediatric adviser for important influence on their decision-making,” said Dr. Douglas Opel, a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s who is developing a protocol to better gauge parents’ vaccination intentions. “There’s a lot of reasons to try to optimize those relationships.”

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