A taxonomy of reasoning flaws in the anti-vaccine movement

Robert M. Jacobson, Paul V. Targonski, Gregory A. Poland

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Abstract

In a scholarly analysis of widely held misconceptions, Gilovich provides a classification scheme of common flaws in reasoning seen in contemporary society. He broadly categorizes these flaws as having cognitive determinants or in having motivational and social determinants. In this survey, the authors examine the various claims against routine childhood and adult vaccines as made by the more public and more organized entities of the anti-vaccine movement as well as those made apparent by surveys of parents and other groups of individuals. The claims illustrate the breadth of reasoning flaws while providing a basis for anticipating and correcting them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3146-3152
Number of pages7
JournalVaccine
Volume25
Issue number16 SPEC. ISS.
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 20 2007

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Keywords

  • Decision making
  • Logic
  • Vaccines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • veterinary(all)

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Jacobson, R. M., Targonski, P. V., & Poland, G. A. (2007). A taxonomy of reasoning flaws in the anti-vaccine movement. Vaccine, 25(16 SPEC. ISS.), 3146-3152. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2007.01.046

A taxonomy of reasoning flaws in the anti-vaccine movement. / Jacobson, Robert M.; Targonski, Paul V.; Poland, Gregory A.

In: Vaccine, Vol. 25, No. 16 SPEC. ISS., 20.04.2007, p. 3146-3152.

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Jacobson, RM, Targonski, PV & Poland, GA 2007, 'A taxonomy of reasoning flaws in the anti-vaccine movement', Vaccine, vol. 25, no. 16 SPEC. ISS., pp. 3146-3152. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2007.01.046
Jacobson RM, Targonski PV, Poland GA. A taxonomy of reasoning flaws in the anti-vaccine movement. Vaccine. 2007 Apr 20;25(16 SPEC. ISS.):3146-3152. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2007.01.046
Jacobson, Robert M. ; Targonski, Paul V. ; Poland, Gregory A. / A taxonomy of reasoning flaws in the anti-vaccine movement. In: Vaccine. 2007 ; Vol. 25, No. 16 SPEC. ISS. pp. 3146-3152.
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