Published On: Sat, Oct 14th, 2017

Majority Of Anti-Vaccine Websites Covering Misleading Information

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Majority of the anti-vaccination websites are found to have been using scientific evidence to explain vaccines are dangerous. Authorities say these sites are misleading.

A research presented at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting in Chicago earlier revealed 65.6 percent of the anti-vaccine websites claim the vaccines are dangerous. About 62.2 percent of the sites mentioned vaccine causes autism and 41.1 percent writes brain injury may happen. In order to support the claims 64.7 percent of the websites used scientific evidence and 30 percent used anecdotes.

The findings further added 18.8 percent of the anti-vaccine websites promoted alternative medicine and 10.2 percent said homeopathy is better. Similarly, 18.5 percent cases were suggested to take health diet and 5.2 percent talked about organic diet. It was also believed by 7.1 percent of websites the body need to be cleaned of toxins, 5.5 percent supported breastfeeding and 6.8 percent co-promoted religiously.

Majority Of Anti-Vaccine Websites Covering Misleading Information

Health experts say the results are much damning and most of the websites have published misinterpreted reports.

In 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the number of measles cases were highest since the disease was declared eliminated about a decade ago in 2000.

It was found majority of the people who were caught in the disease were unvaccinated.

The new finding was done by associate professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Meghan Moran.

About the Author

- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade.

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