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MSMA Mounts Media Campaign:
Are Parents Avoiding Vaccinations
Because of Safety Concerns?


Missouri Medicine, MSMA’s Journal, is publishing the article, “Are Parents Avoiding Vaccinations Because of Safety Fears? Missouri Medicine Addresses a Growing Concern,” in its January/February 2012 issue.

Read:

Routine Vaccination: A Growing Crisis
of Public Confidence - President's Forum

Responding with Empathy to Parents'
Fears of Vaccinations 
 
Watch Youtube video of Dr. Haller

Read Coverage in St. Louis Post Dispatch


Authors Kenneth Haller, MD, and Anthony Scalzo, MD, both of Saint Louis University School of Medicine/SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, examine the science around vaccinations as well as the many messages that parents get from the media, from well intentioned but poorly informed anti-vaccine advocates, and even from doctors that can lead parents to be wary of immunizations for their own children.

To that end, MSMA is embarking on a statewide campaign  to encourage physicians to acknowledge and address the emotional basis of parental vaccine refusal so they can be successful in implementing their patient’s vaccination schedule. While a fact-based explanation of vaccine safety is essential, physicians must recognize that they can and should use their experience and expertise to counter the fear-mongering of vaccine deniers.
 

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Vaccination Campaign Collaborators

The Missouri State Medical Association appreciates the following partners and collaborators in the Association’s campaign to encourage vaccinations, using two articles from this issue as the campaign’s springboard.
Our collaborators are:
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  • SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center
  • Washington University
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City
  • University of Missouri - Columbia School of Medicine
  • University of Missouri Children’s Hospital, Columbia
  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Missouri Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Missouri Academy of Family Physicians
  • Missouri Section, American College of OB/GYN
  • Missouri Chapter, American College of Physicians
  • Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
  • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
  • University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • MSMA Alliance
  • All component societies associated with the MSMA


 

 
         
 

  

 

 

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