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Letters Pushing back against antivax

Antivaccination movement exploits public’s distrust in scientific authority

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 17 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6960
  1. Maya J Goldenberg, associate professor of philosophy
  1. Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1
  1. mgolden{at}

Perera and colleagues urge us to learn from the surge of self-organising networks that are driving the rapid spread of antivaccination messages.1 Better than adopting the social media techniques of this so-called new power, the case for vaccination could get a needed boost by tackling the conditions that precipitated this challenge to the old knowledge order.

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