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The Age-Old Struggle against the Antivaccinationists

Published on Jan 13, 2011in The New England Journal of Medicine 70.67
· DOI :10.1056/NEJMp1010594
Gregory A. Poland57
Estimated H-index: 57
Robert M. Jacobson49
Estimated H-index: 49
Today, the most recent in a long line of antivaccinationists are using modern media to sway public opinion and distract attention from scientific evidence. But there are steps we can take to avert the ill effects of these campaigns.
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Published on Apr 1, 2007in Vaccine 3.27
Robert M. Jacobson49
Estimated H-index: 49
(Mayo Clinic),
Paul V. Targonski11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Mayo Clinic),
Gregory A. Poland57
Estimated H-index: 57
(Mayo Clinic)
In a scholarly analysis of widely held misconceptions, Gilovich provides a classification scheme of common flaws in reasoning seen in contemporary society. He broadly categorizes these flaws as having cognitive determinants or in having motivational and social determinants. In this survey, the authors examine the various claims against routine childhood and adult vaccines as made by the more public and more organized entities of the anti-vaccine movement as well as those made apparent by surveys...
Published on Aug 24, 2002in BMJ 27.60
Robert M. Wolfe7
Estimated H-index: 7
(NU: Northwestern University),
Lisa K. Sharp16
Estimated H-index: 16
The British Vaccination Act of 1840 was the first incursion of the state, in the name of public health, into traditional civil liberties. The activities of today9s propagandists against immunisations are directly descended from, indeed little changed from, those of the anti-vaccinationists of the late nineteenth century, say Robert Wolfe and Lisa Sharp
Published on Jan 1, 1998in The Lancet 59.10
E J Gangarosa1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Emory University),
A M Galazka1
Estimated H-index: 1
(WHO: World Health Organization)
+ 4 AuthorsR Chen3
Estimated H-index: 3
(CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Summary To assess the impact of anti-vaccine movements that targeted pertussis whole-cell vaccines, we compared pertussis incidence in countries where high coverage with diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccines (DTP) was maintained (Hungary, the former East Germany, Poland, and the USA) with countries where immunisation was disrupted by antivaccine movements (Sweden, Japan, UK, The Russian Federation, Ireland, Italy, the former West Germany, and Australia). Pertussis incidence was 10 to 100 times l...
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Published on Feb 25, 2019in BMC Nephrology 2.09
Roman Klifa (Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital), J. Toubiana4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital)
+ 7 AuthorsOlivia Boyer22
Estimated H-index: 22
(Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital)
Background Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all children with idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS) in France. Consequently, the Social Security automatically sends prescriptions to all patients suffering from a chronic disease. The aim of this study was to evaluate the follow-up to these recommendations.
Several factors may explain why measles persisted in the European Union in 2017–2018. The study assessed mean measles vaccination coverage and anti-measles herd immunity levels in the target measles vaccination population in countries of the European Union during the 2015–2017 period. The study found that the measles vaccination coverage with two doses of vaccine was < 95% in 28 (96.5%) countries, and that the prevalence of individuals with vaccine-induced measles protection in the target vaccin...
Published on Jun 1, 2019in European Journal of Public Health 2.23
Jonathan Kennedy6
Estimated H-index: 6
(QMUL: Queen Mary University of London)
This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in European Journal of Public Health following peer review. The version of record Kennedy, J. (2019). "Populist politics and vaccine hesitancy in Western Europe: an analysis of national-level data." is available online at:
Published on Apr 16, 2019in Annals of Internal Medicine 19.32
Anders Hviid34
Estimated H-index: 34
(SSI: Statens Serum Institut),
Jørgen Vinsløv Hansen1
Estimated H-index: 1
(SSI: Statens Serum Institut)
+ 1 AuthorsMads Melbye23
Estimated H-index: 23
(Stanford University)
Published on Apr 1, 2019in International Journal of Public Health
Stéphanie Baggio14
Estimated H-index: 14
(University of Geneva),
Laurent Getaz8
Estimated H-index: 8
(University of Geneva)
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Vaccines have been recognized as one of the most successful public health measures. In this chapter, we provide a historical overview of immunization measures and discuss the basics of immunization and vaccination in the context of a pandemic outbreak. We will also discuss vaccine hesitancy, the factors that lead to vaccine acceptance and refusal, the determinants of individual decision-making about vaccination, and strategies of how to approach it on an individual, community, and global level.
Published on Dec 1, 2018in Journal of Cancer Education 1.69
Elizabeth A. Gage-Bouchard3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Roswell Park Cancer Institute),
Susan LaValley3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UB: University at Buffalo)
+ 2 AuthorsMichelle Mollica6
Estimated H-index: 6
(NIH: National Institutes of Health)
Cancer patients and their caregivers are increasingly using social media as a platform to share cancer experiences, connect with support, and exchange cancer-related information. Yet, little is known about the nature and scientific accuracy of cancer-related information exchanged on social media. We conducted a content analysis of 12 months of data from 18 publically available Facebook Pages hosted by parents of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (N = 15,852 posts) and extracted all exch...
Published on Aug 1, 2018
This research analyzes scientific information sharing behaviors on Twitter. Over an eleven-month period, we collected tweets related to the controversy over the supposed linkage between the MMR vaccine and autism. We examined the usage pattern of scientific information resources by both sides of the ongoing debate. Then, we explored how each side uses scientific evidence in the vaccine debate. To achieve this goal, we analyzed the usage of scientific and nonscientific URLs by both polarized opin...