On The Fence About Vaccines

Elyce Powers

Often times where you find opposition to vaccines on social media there will be a long list of links, cut and pasted to support the personal belief that vaccines are dangerous. Recently I was correcting some vaccine related misinformation on facebook when an individual exclaimed; “this is why I don’t vaccinate!” This statement was followed by this long list of links, annotated with claims for what those links “proved.” After investigating each claim I can conclude that the person who cut and pasted the “proof” either didn’t understand what she was reading, or did not read the linked studies at all. I have found that this is what individuals who spread misinformation count on when promoting this “do your own research” fad.

If you are going to “do your own research” you are going to have to actually read and comprehend what the research states. You cannot trust that the…

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