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Measles: low uptake blamed on “incredulity and hostility” towards doctors

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 26 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1932

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Rebuilding trust in immunisation is key to tackling vaccine hesitancy

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Re: Measles: low uptake blamed on “incredulity and hostility” towards doctors

Incredulity? Possibly. Since the doctors, specially public health doctors of today, refuse to engage in discussion with the public but only speak from a pedestal, they do not DESERVE to be believed.
Hostility? Nonsense. How can I, a patient, be hostile towards MY DOCTOR?
I respect the doctor. I do not worship him. He is not god of this earth. Do not talk down to the public. Discuss with the public.

I speak from experience. Just look at the Rapid Responses in the bmj over the past few years. Find a SINGLE response from a public health epidemiologist or physician or specialist, or from the manufacturers of vaccines, replying to questions from patients’ carers, from Mr John Stone, or Dr Noel Thomas, or from me, a retired doctor who spent a professional life-time promoting immunisation of the susceptible against a prevailing infection.

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 April 2019
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit