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Information wars: tackling the threat from disinformation on vaccines

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l2144 (Published 13 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2144

Opinion

Rebuilding trust in immunisation is key to tackling vaccine hesitancy

Opinion

We have reached the point where we should consider compulsory vaccination

Re: Information wars: tackling the threat from disinformation on vaccines

My group researches vaccine safety. We undertake research to understand the role of aluminium adjuvants in vaccination and how these adjuvants may be linked to serious adverse events following vaccination. Upon completing our research we submit it for peer review and if accepted it is published.

Is this what the authors of this editorial consider as 'misinformation'?

The approach taken by the authors of this piece is exactly why vaccine hesitancy exists. Those of us researching the safety of vaccines know that they are not 100% safe for everyone, the vaccine industry knows this and they are required by law to put this information on the patient information leaflets provided with every vaccine. Only the Government and people like the authors of this article deny the potential dangers of vaccination. Their denial is what sparks vaccine hesitancy in the public as the public are very much aware of potential dangers.

Until individuals such as the authors of this article remove their heads from the sand and allow a full and transparent debate on vaccine safety the problem of vaccine hesitancy will only become even more widespread.

Politics should not 'trump' human health.

Competing interests: I receive funding from various organisations to research vaccine safety including, Medical Research Council, Children's Medical Safety Research Institute and Bencard Allergie

16 May 2019
Christopher Exley
Scientist
Keele University
The Birchall Centre