Tag Archives: Anti-vaccination

COVID: how anti-vaccine influencers exploit mothers

Cookie Studio/Shutterstock Stephanie Alice Baker, City, University of London and Michael James Walsh, University of Canberra Opposition to vaccination has existed for as long as vaccination itself. Ever since widespread smallpox vaccination began in the early 1800s, there have been cycles of questioning the safety and efficacy of particular vaccines. The media has played a primary role in publicising these …

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COVID-19 misinformation: scientists create a ‘psychological vaccine’ to protect against fake news

Alexander Limbach/Shutterstock Sander van der Linden, University of Cambridge and Jon Roozenbeek, University of Cambridge Anti-vaccination groups are projected to dominate social media in the next decade if left unchallenged. To counter their viral misinformation at a time when COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out, our research team has produced a “psychological vaccine” that helps people detect and resist the …

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COVID-19 anti-vaxxers use the same arguments from 135 years ago

An 1801 etching of a dandified physician taking a lancet to a ‘dindonnade,’ a word signifying both ‘turkey’ and ‘hoax.’ It ridicules the smallpox vaccine, which takes fluid from an animal to insert into a human. (Wellcome Collection), CC BY

An 1801 etching of a dandified physician taking a lancet to a ‘dindonnade,’ a word signifying both ‘turkey’ and ‘hoax.’ It ridicules the smallpox vaccine, which takes fluid from an animal to insert into a human. (Wellcome Collection), CC BY Paula Larsson, University of Oxford As we get closer to an effective vaccine for COVID-19, we should expect to see …

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