Segment Description: Tina Q. Tan, MD, discusses vaccine misinformation.
Interview Transcript (Modified Slightly for Readability):
So people that are anti vaccine have been around since vaccines have been developed.However, it really took an increase when Andrew Wakefield came out with his fraudulent information on autism and vaccination.
We've always had people that were against vaccines. However, I think what has really driven the increase in the amount of misinformation is the internet. There are so many people that are on social media and the internet and not all the information on the internet is correct. But people don't know what the reliable sites are. They read whatever comes up first on the internet and many times that's an anti-vaccine site.
Clinicians really should spend a little time explaining why vaccines are important and how they are one of the best ways that parents can protect their children against getting vaccine preventable diseases.
To stay informed on the latest in infectious disease news and developments, please sign upfor our weekly newsletter.
Contagion® is a fully integrated news resource covering all areas of infectious disease. Through our website, quarterly journal, email newsletters, social media outlets, and Outbreak Monitor we provide practitioners and specialists with disease-specific information designed to improve patient outcomes and assist with the identification, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases. Our mission is to assure that the healthcare community and public have the knowledge to make more informed choices and have a positive impact on patient outcomes.
2 Clarke Drive
Cranbury, NJ 08512