Vaccination misinformation spreads virally through social media: RACP

In a new position statement on immunisation, the RACP said while anti-vaccination activists had for years attracted followers, their messages were now disseminated more quickly through the traditional media, internet and social media.

“Exposure to vivid narratives about children allegedly injured by vaccines has the potential to put parents off vaccination. Balance in response to this activism is required,” it said.

Paediatrics and Child Health Division president Associate Professor Susan Moloney said paediatricians and other healthcare professionals had a responsibility to advocate for good immunisation education and practice.

“Communication is especially important, as trust in healthcare professionals is a major factor in maintaining public confidence in vaccines and high vaccination rates,” she said.

In addition, the college has joined the call for an all-of-life immunisation register.

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