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Checking social media for vaccination misinformation: five minutes with . . . Claire Milne

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l2351 (Published 28 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2351

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Standard media outlets are dominated by vaccine officialdom

I've never trusted social media like Facebook and have never signed on to any of them. My source of vaccine news is Google's "News" category, where I type in "vaccines." My strong impression is that this news source is dominated by hard-line vaccine authorities: CDC AAP, various public health departments and their media outlets. The never-ending campaign for annual flu shots is one example. Overwhelming support of vaccine mandates and opposition to non-medical exemptions is another. The current measles outbreak is being used to lobby not only for measles vaccination but for pushing mandates for every other vaccine on the immunization schedule. In the US at least the "Vaccine Industrial Complex" is still very much in charge.

ALLAN S. CUNNINGHAM 2 June 2019

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 June 2019
Allan S. Cunningham
Retired pediatrician
Cooperstown NY 13326, USA <crabarbicus62@gmail.com>