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Anti-Vaccine Haven Digs In As Measles Outbreak Hands Science Crusaders An Edge

Anti-Vaccine Haven Digs In As Measles Outbreak Hands Science Crusaders An Edge

Source: Huffington Post

Dr. Douglas Opel, a pediatrician at Seattle Children's and expert in bioethics at the University of Washington, has found that how doctors begin a vaccine discussion with parents can strongly steer decisions. In one study, when a doctor began with the recommendation a child was due for a certain vaccine, and then paused for the parent's reaction, Opel observed far less resistance than if the doctor began with an open-ended question. Still, if a parent does have an opinion or questions, Opel said, "it is inappropriate to close off discussion."

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