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Brian MacphersonFollow

Location

Room 1

Document Type

Commentary

Keywords

vaccination hesitancy, evidence based medicine, complacency, misinformation

Start Date

4-6-2020 3:01 PM

End Date

4-6-2020 4:00 PM

Abstract

In this short critique of Tarun Kattumana's paper on vaccine hesitancy, I argue that the key cause of vaccine hesitancy in the lay public is not the so-called dry, detached population-level approach to research of evidenced based medicine, but rather complacency due to vaccine success in reducing disease incidence. In turn, this complacency sets the stage for receptivity to misinformation regarding vaccine efficacy and safety from a network of individuals that people hold in high esteem but who may have no legitimate authority in epidemiology.

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Jun 4th, 3:01 PM Jun 4th, 4:00 PM

Commentary: Critique of “Evidence Based Medicine and Contemporary Vaccine Hesitancy”

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In this short critique of Tarun Kattumana's paper on vaccine hesitancy, I argue that the key cause of vaccine hesitancy in the lay public is not the so-called dry, detached population-level approach to research of evidenced based medicine, but rather complacency due to vaccine success in reducing disease incidence. In turn, this complacency sets the stage for receptivity to misinformation regarding vaccine efficacy and safety from a network of individuals that people hold in high esteem but who may have no legitimate authority in epidemiology.