The impact of the anti-vaccination movement and vaccine hesitancy on the health of the child

Janet Green, Julia Petty, Lisa Whiting, Fiona Orr, Karen Walker, Ann-Marie Brown, Elaine Crisp, Catherine Fowler, Linda K. Jones

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Abstract

Few topics in medicine have been studied more thoroughly than vaccines. The
science is clear on the public and global health benefits of vaccinations; however, the topic still results in vigorous discussion about their efficacy, safety, and possible adverse effects. Anti-vaccination groups and conspiracy theorists have found a place in the online world and on social media sites to spread misinformation. Parents want the best for their children, but when they are influenced by the anti-vaccination movement, the health of their children when not vaccinated can be compromised. They also present a risk to the health of others in the community. Health professionals, including nurses, have a responsibility to educate themselves and others about the science of vaccination, and take active steps to dispel misinformation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-225, 243
Number of pages11
JournalNursing Continuing Professional Development
Volume47
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

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