Emphasizing consensus about safety boosts support for vaccines

Thursday, Dec 17, 2015
by Michael Hotchkiss

Highlighting the consensus among medical scientists that childhood vaccines are safe shows promise as a way to increase public support for vaccination, according to new research.

In an experiment conducted by researchers from Princeton University and George Mason University, telling participants about the medical consensus on vaccine safety lowered concern about vaccines, reduced key misperceptions about vaccines and promoted overall support for vaccination.  

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