BY JASON CHUNG (4)
This weekend, The Deductible ran two pieces regarding a practicing physician’s view of the vaccination issue and a patient advocate’s contrarian view of the subject. Both perspectives provided valuable windows into the complex views that some hold on the matter – complexity which may surprise public health advocates who view vaccination as a settled debate.
Unfortunately, the issue of childhood vaccinations is far from settled in some domains. And contrary to expectations, those leading the charge of vaccine skepticism don’t seem to lack affluence or education. In fact, researchers have found that the people most likely to refuse vaccinations for their children to be “white, well-educated and affluent”.
This is an abject failure in public health. Somewhere, over the course of the past few decades, public health practitioners and advocates have lost the ability to convey scientific facts on childhood vaccines in a compelling and persuasive manner.