Vaccines are doing their jobs preventing disease and death, and even bringing down societal costs, according to a new study in Pediatrics.
But another study, published in the same journal issue, found that public health campaigns touting vaccines’ effectiveness and debunking the links between autism and other health risks might actually be backfiring, and convincing parents to skip the shots for their kids.
“Corrections of misperceptions about controversial issues like vaccines may be counterproductive in some populations,” wrote the researchers behind one of the studies, led by Dr. Brendan Nyhan, a health care researcher at Dartmouth College in Hanover N.H. “The best response to false beliefs is not necessarily providing correct information.”
Both studies were published in the March 3 issue of Pediatrics. Read more at CBS NEWS.