Small Group Discussion GuideVaccine Safety Curriculum for MedicalResidents
What can you say to address the concern that the vaccine schedule is amoney-fueledconspiracy?
Remind parents that the schedule is developed and endorsed byphysicians and public health officials, not the companies
Challenge them by saying, “Do you really think all the pediatricians inthe country are conspiring to promote a schedule that we don’t thinkis safe and the best for children?”
Challenge them by saying, “Do you really think I would recommendsomething that I didn’t think was best for your child?”
Question 2: Where do parents with concerns about vaccines gettheir information?
Answer: Likely sources include web sites (mostly anti-vaccine), blogs,television, popular magazines, playground discussions, relatives
Exercise: Type “Vaccines” into Google and review the first 20 sitesquickly. How many could be classified as “anti-vaccine” sites. Read and discuss some of the theories put forth on these sites.
How can you point out in a respectful way that the information parents arereading is not scientifically based and is incorrect?
Point out some of the inconsistencies you find on these sites
Ask them why they are taking medical advice from an celebrity,friend, relative, magazine instead of from their child’s doctor
Emphasize the lack of scientific studies and reiterate the basic tenetof science-an observation needs to be repeated by independentgroups before we can really have confidence that it is correct. Noneof the claims about serious problems from vaccines have beenreproduced.What are the characteristics of a web site, specific article, or author thatgives it/their credibility?
The source of the information is reliable/stable (e.g. AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics, World Health Organization, National Library of Medicine, NIH)
The individuals/groups posting the information are identified andprovide contact information?
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