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There are 3 comments on Could COVID Pandemic and Vaccine Hesitancy Let HPV, Polio, and Measles Return?

  1. So-called vaccine skepticism will continue as long as alternative viewpoints are censored instead of debated. Why not BU have a town-hall with one of the prominent skeptics say Robert Kennedy, Joseph Mercola, or Thomas Levy? When people hear both sides of the argument, they are more likely to make better choices.

    1. I agree … the proper path to trust is transparency, openness, and education. The dogma and heavy-handed mandates may have short-term benefits, but they cause significant and severe long-term damage to public health trust.

      For a healthy dose of skepticism, I recommend two books:
      * “The HPV Vaccine on Trial : Seeking Justice for a Generation Betrayed” – by Mary Holland, Mack Rosenberg, et al. – discussing information that came out of vaccine injury trials world-wide.

      * “The truth about the drug companies : how they deceive us and what to do about it” – by Marcia Angell, the long-time editor and eventually editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and a BU School of Medicine alum.

      1. Thank you for these resources! Very helpful.

        I would greatly appreciate an open discussion such as Elizabeth suggests so that people can be aware of the issues and then make an informed decision for themselves. The current BU articles designed to address vaccine hesitancy skim over only the most fringe ‘anti-vax’ concerns, and don’t go into any of the credible research on the issues. This does not make me confident that BU has considered these alternative viewpoints when deciding to mandate vaccines and boosters. Frankly, I find it shocking that a Research I university, which should be focused on science and not politics, is looking only at the ‘science’ that supports their viewpoint, and ignoring – even suppressing! – the research and voices that don’t align. BU can do better, but do they want to?

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