Anti-vaxxers. How to Challenge a Misinformed Movement

[Anti-vaxxers. How to Challenge a Misinformed Movement]
Year: 
2020
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Publisher: 
The MIT Press
City: 
Cambridge, Masachusetts
Year of publication: 
2020
Pages: 
277
Moral assessment: 
Type: Thought
Nothing inappropriate.
Requires prior general knowledge of the subject.
Readers with knowledgeable about the subject matter.
Contains doctrinal errors of some importance.
Whilst not being explicitly against the faith, the general approach or its main points are ambiguous or opposed to the Church’s teachings.
Incompatible with Catholic doctrine.
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The author is a molecular biologist, university lecturer and a coordinator with the March for Science movement. Vaccine hesitancy and opposition to vaccination affect a significant proportion of the population, at least in terms of how they affect herd immunity percentages. Anti-vaxxers seeks to understand their reasons, traces the history of influential anti-vaccination movements and suggests what methods are most effective in addressing their concerns. The author reviews the position of major world religions and concludes that none of them oppose vaccination. The author is respectful of those who oppose certain vaccines for authentically religious based moral reasons but does not share them. Thus he does not understand the opposition of some parents to HPV vaccines and is dismissive of the moral argument against vaccines derived from the tissue of aborted babies. What reigns supreme is the scientific argument only. Overall, the book is a worthwhile read to be informed about a major issue at a time when the entire world population is could be receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.

Author: A. P., New Zealand, 2021