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Published on 20 Feb 2015 | about 1 year ago

Fewer children in the United States are getting vaccinated. That’s bad news for those kids, and also for public health in general. Often, the response is to argue and debate and get angry at people who are we see as making terrible, irrational decisions. Instead of doing that, let’s use science to understand why this is happening in the first place.

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Sources:
Meta-Analysis of the Safety of Vaccines: pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/134/2/325
The Internet and the Psychology of Vaccination Decisions: www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx
Naturalness Bias: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18319507
Omission Bias and Vaccines: mdm.sagepub.com/content/14/2/118
Difficulty in changing minds once they’re made: pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/02/25/peds.2013-2365
Onset Patterns of Autism: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2857525/
Bad is Stronger than Good - Negativity Bias: assets.csom.umn.edu/assets/71516.pdf
Parental Vaccine Decision Making: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24011751
Read more about Risk Perception: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risk_perception
And Explanatory Style: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explanatory_style
www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/autism/detail_autism.htm

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