Debunking vaccine myths

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Vaccines have been instrumental in the improvement of human health worldwide, enabling the global eradication of diseases such as smallpox and the control of many other diseases such as polio, measles and tetanus. However, many people still believe vaccines can cause unintended and extreme side effects. This has led to the controversial problem of vaccine hesitancy and its associated myths. Recently designated as one of the top 10 threats to global health by the World Health Organization, vaccine hesitancy is a growing problem. This video looks at the myths around vaccination, the problem of vaccine hesitancy and the arguments held pro and con.

This video was made by McMaster University Demystifying Medicine students: Najih Shabir, Viraj Sharma, Gabrielle Retta and Abanoob Tawadrous.

Copyright McMaster University 2019.

References:

Dubé, E., Gagnon, D., Ouakki, M., Bettinger, J. A., Guay, M., Halperin, S., … Network, C. I. R. (2016). Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy in Canada: Results of a Consultation Study by the Canadian Immunization Research Network. PLOS ONE, 11(6), e0156118. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0156118

Eggertson, L. (2010). Lancet retracts 12-year-old article linking autism to MMR vaccines. CMAJ, 182(4), E199–E200. https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.109-3179

Flaherty, D. K. (2011). The Vaccine-Autism Connection: A Public Health Crisis Caused by Unethical Medical Practices and Fraudulent Science. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 45(10), 1302–1304. https://doi.org/10.1345/aph.1Q318

Links:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/ten-threats-to-global-health-in-2019

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-47157020

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/22/measles-rise-europe-populism-andrew-wakefield

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/vaccine-decision/index.html

https://www.ovg.ox.ac.uk/news/herd-immunity-how-does-it-work

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/healthy-living/canadian-immunization-guide-part-1-key-immunization-information/page-15-contents-immunizing-agents-available-use-canada.html#p1c14t1

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/conversations/downloads/vacsafe-thimerosal-color-office.pdf