Communication on public health topics passes through channels now accessible to all, and an the use of persuasive techniques, subjective speculations and hasty hypotheses can often lead to inexact conclusions with no basis in scientific evidence.
We, however, believe that in medicine the real value of communication must be measured on certified reliability. The truth of the data and statistical evidence, even taking into consideration the less opportune and convincing aspects, are the evaluation criteria of the scientific and health communities who are the sole bearers of the burden and the responsibility of guaranteeing public health.
The articles in this section analyse and respond to the main theories of the anti-vaccination movements, who operate mainly on the Internet spreading experimental evidence and news that is not supported by data. This causes misleading consequences, inaccurate results, illusory myths and urban legends: or in a word, disinformation.
Answers to major objections on vaccinations (16)
- Genetic screening before vaccination is pointless
- Healthcare professionals get vaccinated and are not opposed to vaccination
- Improved hygiene conditions are no substitute for vaccinations
- Influenza vaccine and Guillain Barrè syndrome
- It is said that unnecessary vaccines are forced on us, just to boost sales. Can we debunk this myth?
- There is no association between the mercury contained in some vaccines and neurological diseases
- There is no link between vaccines and cot death
- There is no link between vaccines and tumours
- Urban legends and vaccines
- Vaccination and the Internet
- Vaccines are not dangerous
- Vaccines are not linked to multiple sclerosis
- Vaccines do not cause autism
- Vaccines do not cause autoimmune diseases
- Vaccines do not cause encephalitis and encephalopathy
- Vaccines: truth and myth