Telling the Anti-Vaccine Community They're Wrong Has Been Tried for Years Now, and It Doesn't Work—Here's Another Approach
By Noelle Sullivan, PhD
If we want more people to vaccinate, we should try to understand the concerns anti-vaccine parents have.
Texas has become an emerging battleground for the national vaccine debate. The Parents' Right to Know legislation recently filed in the Texas House and Senate would require rates of vaccine exemption for each school to be made public. This bill will undoubtedly be controversial, as the anti-vaccine movement is gaining political footing among Texan elected officials. Events in Texas reflect a wider trend, as the latest Pew poll suggests 17 percent of American are against mandatory vaccination. There’s even an anti-vaccine activist march on Washington planned for March 31. No wonder a recent op-ed depicted the anti-vaxxer movement as “winning." It certainly appears to be spreading.