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Countering Vaccine Misinformation

Danielson, Lindsey MS, FNP-C; Marcus, Blima DNP, RN, ANP-BC; Boyle, Lori MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: October 2019 - Volume 119 - Issue 10 - p 50–55
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000586176.77841.86
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ABSTRACT: Evidence consistently shows that vaccines are safe, effective, and cost-efficient. Yet preventable outbreaks of infectious diseases are occurring in the United States, leading to a strong public response and intense scrutiny of the antivaccine movement and its persistent spread of misinformation. Social media has been a major platform for such misinformation, and recent examinations have found that nurses are not exempt from engaging in antivaccine discourse.

By practicing evidence-based care, addressing health literacy, and becoming involved in public health policy, nurses can be excellent advocates for immunization and may help prevent additional outbreaks of preventable diseases.

In light of recent outbreaks of infectious diseases in the United States, the authors explore the evidence behind vaccine safety and efficacy and discuss nurses' role in correcting misinformation and advocating for immunization.

Lindsey Danielson is a recent graduate of the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies and resides in Houston, TX; Blima Marcus is an adjunct professor at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing in New York City; and Lori Boyle is an NP at Associates in Vascular Care in Middletown, NJ. Contact author: Lindsey Danielson, lhd32@georgetown.edu. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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