Sept 16, 2014, Harvard Gazette: Panelists see communications gap on vaccines
Sept 10, 2014, The Hollywood Reporter: Los Angeles Vaccination Rates 2014
By Sharron Kahn Luttrell, Harvard Correspondent
The number of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children is on the rise, and with it the incidence of preventable diseases such as measles. The health community could reverse the trend by doing a better job of initiating conversation about vaccinations, said participants in a forum at the School of Public Health (HSPH) on Monday.
Panelists at "Vaccinating Children: Public Health and Trust" called for rigorous cross-disciplinary research into vaccine hesitancy and the effectiveness of health-communication strategies. The data would be used to develop a toolkit for easing the worries of anxious parents.
Bloom was joined by Jane Kim, an associate professor of health decision science at HSPH; Richard Malle, a senior associate physician in medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Boston Children's Hospital, a Harvard affiliate; and Seth Mnookin, associate director of the graduate program in science writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The event was moderated by Philip J. Hilts, former director of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT.
Watch the 55 min. video coverage of the discussion about getting parents to vaccinate their children.
Sept 15, 2014, Vaccinating Children Public Trust and Health
Clips from NOVA's Calling the Shots are shown. Seth Mnookin is on the panel. He blames exemptions on parents who've never seen disease outbreaks. We're told parents are "confused."
Then the video tells us about measles outbreaks and lifesaving vaccines.
Any challenges to the vaccine schedule are dismissed.
Autism? Parents are scared of autism and what it can do to children. The experts on the panel don't care about it. The problem is unconvinced parents.
How do we change their view of vaccines?
Telling them about measles and polio isn't going to do it.
Vaccination rates are plummeting at top Hollywood schools, from Malibu to Beverly Hills, from John Thomas Dye to Turning Point, where affluent, educated parents are opting out in shocking numbers (leaving some schools’ immunization rates on par with South Sudan) as an outbreak of potentially fatal whooping cough threatens L.A. like “wildfire”...
It’s no secret that anti-vaccine sentiments run high on the Westside. But the data reveals a community where ambiguous fears about the perceived threat of immunization have in fact caused a very real threat. This is a hard topic to discuss, especially here in Hollywood. It hinges on parental choices that directly impact your own children and other parents’ kids, too — a dinner-party land mine to be avoided at all costs. Few parents would speak to THR on the record about their decisions for fear of the backlash.
Yet this silence has turned the issue into a time bomb. At a time in which America is consumed with Ebola fears, a very real and preventable health crisis could explode in our backyard. With a whooping cough outbreak growing even faster than the swelling non-vaccination rate, questions of responsibility, both personal and collective, deserve urgent answers.
It’s a smoldering fire that has started and it could be a complete wildfire if vaccination rates continue to fall.”
The key words here are "EDUCATED PARENTS." The industry promoters rely on the public NOT LOOKING INTO THIS FOR THEMSELVES. Slamming exempting parents while ignoring the autism epidemic leaves the public confused and frightened.
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.