schwit1 quotes ABC News: Vaccines are universally backed by respected scientists and federal agencies, but that isn’t enough to convince every parent to vaccinate their children. The decision to fly in the face of near universal scientific opinion doesn’t come as a result of a lack of intellect, however, as experts who have studied vaccines and immunology acknowledge that many parents who don’t vaccinate their children are well-educated. They also appear to be the victims of a widespread misinformation campaign, the experts said.
Daniel Salmon, who is the director of the Institute of Vaccine Safety at Johns Hopkins University, said that existing research suggests that there are some common attributes that many parents who choose not to vaccinate their children share. “They tend to be better educated. They tend to be white, and they tend to be higher income. They tend to have larger families and they tend to use complementary and alternative medicine like chiropractors and naturopaths,” Salmon said.
Salman also says outbreaks typically start when an American returns from a visit to Europe, where there are much higher rates of measles than in the U.S. But lower vaccination rates help it spread.
One study in August reported Russian trolls “seem to be using vaccination as a wedge issue, promoting discord in American society,” though their campaign on Twitter failed to gain traction.
“I blame Amazon Prime,” writes long-time Slashdot reader destinyland. “That ‘misinformation’ they’re talking about is the pseudoscience documentary Vaxxed — and Amazon is one of the top site’s pushing it. The movie is not only free for all Prime members — Amazon’s actually featuring it on the front page showing free-with-Prime movies.”
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