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WHO declares anti-vax movement a global health threat in 2019 - CNET

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"Vaccine hesitancy" is listed among air pollution, Ebola and HIV as one of the biggest threats to health this yearRead full story

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  • Every single adult in the anti-vaccine movement was properly vaccined by their parents.

    Interesting...

  • I just hosted a volatile but revealing Facebook conversation prompted by the New York Times article mentioned here. (https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10105381903923195&id=417973)

    Based on what I learned from it, I would suggest reframing the WHO's classification of 'vaccine hesitancy' as a global health threat. That title (in my opinion) is accurate, but also frames the problem in a way that counterproductively and unnecessarily facilitates the same "us vs. them" mindset that is (I think

    I just hosted a volatile but revealing Facebook conversation prompted by the New York Times article mentioned here. (https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10105381903923195&id=417973)

    Based on what I learned from it, I would suggest reframing the WHO's classification of 'vaccine hesitancy' as a global health threat. That title (in my opinion) is accurate, but also frames the problem in a way that counterproductively and unnecessarily facilitates the same "us vs. them" mindset that is (I think) at the heart of this controversial issue.

    Instead, I would suggest saying "Government Mistrust Due to Financially Incentivized Conflicts if Interest" and "Social Vilification, Bandwagoning, and Emotionally Reactive Beliefs and Assertions" are the real issues creating the "vaccine hesitancy" effect.

    In my opinion (especially informed by the aforementioned Facebook conversation), anti-vaxxers have legitimate concerns about the credibility of official claims of safety of vaccines (especially claims denying any link between autism and vaccines). Their beliefs seem to be nurtured and significantly reinforced by confirmation bias and the Backfire effect, and are founded on issues which are only loosely related to the official science available which supports vaccine safety.

    In my opinion, anti-vaxxers have a legitimate distrust of the credibility of the government, of "Science", and of any institution with financially incentivized conflicts of interest, lacking sufficient and credible third-party oversight and auditing to ensure that their claims and policies are credible and genuinely in the public interest.

    History has shown us many examples (including recent examples) of how government policies and projects can have extremely antisocial and unethical qualities and impacts, as well as "Science" being touted as an unassailable authority in order to justify similarly questionable agendas, later revealed as motivated by complex financially-incentivized corporate agendas, private influences, and manipulation of statistics and the scientific process.

    Until the "vaccine hesitancy" debate is framed to effectively address these legitimate concerns, we're just going to get more of the same unproductive attempts to change people's minds with facts and figures, which has scientifically been shown not only to NOT work, but to Backfire and actually reinforce the beliefs we are trying to inform and change.

    Continuing this pattern in the public conversation literally and scientifically makes no sense, unless one's goals are to stoke the polarizing discussion to use the "us vs. them" dynamic for private gain, which is something that mass media and modern politicians (especially populists and demagogues) specialize in doing.

    Any media source which does this is, in my opinion, responsible for intentionally inflaming the debate for the purpose of drumming up more business, profit, and possibly for supporting agendas which intentionally attempt to foster polarization of the public, in order to fertilize the social landscape to prime it for ongoing exploitation by mass media and political parties alike.

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