Vaccine Opponents and Education (The New York Times)

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New York Times LogoIn a New York Times opinion piece, Assistant Professor of Government Brendan Nyhan says educating those who oppose the vaccination of children can have an unexpected result.

And this result, he says, has less to do with vaccines than it has to do with people’s reactions to having their beliefs challenged.

In a recent study, he and several colleagues found that “parents with mixed or negative feelings toward vaccines actually became less likely to say they would vaccinate a future child after receiving information debunking the myth that vaccines cause autism,” Nyhan writes.

Read the full opinion piece, published 5/8/14 by The New York Times.