By Anne Dachel
May 9, 2016 JAMA Network | JAMA Pediatrics | Leveraging Behavioral Insights to Promote Vaccine Acceptance: One Year After Disneyland
David A. Asch, MD, MBA
"One reason education has little potency is that it requires a rational mindset in which new information informs actions, which may make sense for economists, but rarely does for other people."
The medical community seems continually bewildered by parents who question the mandated vaccine schedule. Here JAMA reports on the non-vaccinating parent. The premise is that there is no rational reason not to vaccinate, therefore there must be something wrong with these people. The non-vaxxers have long troubled medical experts who discuss them as if they're members of a religious cult or mentally ill.
It seems educating them doesn't work. Really?
How do you "promote vaccine acceptance" to people who know the following?
...neither the doctor nor the vaccine maker has any liability for vaccine damage.
...the government has paid out billions in claims for people who were seriously harmed or even killed by vaccinations.
...vaccines are the most poorly tested pharmaceutical products on the market.
...official safety claims are based on pharma-funded, population studies--the least reliable type of science.
...a top scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has admitted that his agency committed fraud in their vaccine research.
...the U.S. government has quietly compensated over 80 vaccine injury claims that involved autism, all the while saying there is no link between vaccines and autism.
...medical experts at HHS conceded the case of Hannah Poling, a Georgia girl who became autistic following routine vaccination.
...health officials have never done a simple comparison study of fully vaccinated and never vaccinated children to study health outcomes.
...health officials do nothing to prescreen children and find who may be at risk for a vaccine reaction.
...officials have never studied the children who were fine and suddenly lost learned skills and regressed into autism following vaccination.
...parents see more and more children with diabetes, seizures, bowel disease, autism, ADHD, and realize that we have the most vaccinated kids in the world and some of the sickest.
I think it's about time we started an education outreach program to inform doctors about all the things that parents know.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.