The battle of evidence-based medicine and anti-vaccination movements

Y. Stoilova, E. Hristova, V. Rangelova
2018 Trakia Journal of Sciences  
PURPOSE: "Vaccines are victims of their own success" as a result of the vigorous antivaccination movements and others like the anthroposophical study and homeopathy, which we define as temporary acting causes of ritually-religious and judicial character. Based on anti-vaccination sites on the internet we analyzed allegations and facts claimed by the supporter of those movements and questions asked by worried parents. Our aim was to refute those allegations and questions with evidence-based
more » ... evidence-based medical scientific answers. METHODS: For the purpose of the study official data from the Ministry of Health (MH), National centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (NCIPD) and anti-vaccination sites was epidemiologically analyzed. RESULTS: Vaccination coverage of under 95%(measles,mumps, rubella, diphtheria,tetanus,whooping cough) is a risk for an increase in the incidence and occurrence of epidemics(measles 2010 and 2017). The check-list of the anti-vaxxers includes: speculative and conspirative allegations with exciting content, articles in newspapers in which they claim to have classified information. CONCLUSION: New programs should be developed in order to increase the knowledge of parents about vaccines and to overcome the religious and regional barriers for prevention and control of infectious diseases. Cooperation between parents,physicians,pharmaceutical industry and the government is a key to success.
doi:10.15547/tjs.2018.s.01.003 fatcat:u55otobzvbhi5h2dg4ixxsfnoi