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Anti-vaxxers: How to Challenge a Misinformed Movement by Jonathan M. Berman


Jonathan M. Berman

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publication date: 7 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9780262539326

"A presentation of the scientific argument in favor of vaccination, which probes the consequences, origins and impact of the the anti-vaccination movement"--

4 stars out of 5
11 Sep 2020

"Jonathan Berman’s book is a guide to strategies for converting the ‘vaccine hesitant’"

Anti-vaxxers is most practical when Berman lays out the strategies that have failed or worked to win over vaccine critics. He recommends against the “reactive” strategy of challenging a piece of propaganda directly — hitting back online can create a backlash — and even an information-heavy strategy, because these decisions are driven more by gut than brain. Stories about patients suffering from preventable diseases have not worked either, seeming to reduce the chances of Covid-19 disease and deaths changing many minds.