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A Research Study On Unofficial Vaccination Education Essay

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Unofficial Vaccination Education
When parents are trying to decide whether to vaccinate their child, they generally research the risks and benefits of vaccination. Johnson and Capdevila stated that in their study, “The participants stated that they had learned about… vaccinations through media coverage, the Internet, health professionals… and other mothers” (2014.) The media can be seen as friend or foe because they always cover popular controversies; however, it is well known that what mass media publishes isn’t always truthful or accurate. For instance, when Wakefield published his study regarding the MMR vaccination and autism in 1998, it sparked the media’s interest. The study became well known and many parents such as the celebrity Jenny McCarthy decided that they were against vaccinations. Parents questioning vaccination after the Wakefield scandal may also turn to the Internet for answers, and would find numerous results to support both sides of the vaccination argument. If a parent was to Google “vaccines cause autism” G. DeLong’s 2011 article titled “A Positive Association found between Autism Prevalence and Childhood Vaccination uptake across the U.S. Population” may pop up. While her article appears to be an official, academic article to an unsuspecting parent, Gayle DeLong is not a scientist, and while her research should not be considered credible, the appearance of the article leads me to believe that some parents may find the article credible and list it as
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