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35th World Vaccines & Immunization Congress

Brisbane, Australia

Rod Cook

Rod Cook

James Cook University, Australia

Title: The Pseudoscience of Anti-Vaxxers


Biography: Rod Cook


The WHO has listed vaccine hesitancy as one of the 2019 top ten threats to global health, alongside antimicrobial resistance, HIV and Ebola and other high-threat pathogens. Social media has played an immense role in allowing the spread of misinformation and pseudoscience. Celebrities and public figures also spearhead the Anti-Vax movement, and pump funds into their campaigns. Based on often retracted or peer-reviewed article Abstracts, the Anti-Vax movement manipulates on an emotional level, with the guise of a science-based message. This message then meets healthcare professionals at the coal-face and more often than not, with many claims that sound like valid science hypothesis. Doctors, Nurses, Clinicians, health care workers and reception staff often cop the brunt at the front line.

This oral presentation will look at some of those pseudoscience claims, aimed at doctors, pediatricians and the medical science community, including: Vaccine injection into the bloodstream, Thiomersal included Autism, Aluminium adjuvants travelling to the brain and causing Autism, Vaccine inserts and their Side Effects/Adverse Events/Adverse Reactions,

Other vaccine “ingredients” including:MF59, Formaldehyde, Human and Animal parts, Neomycin, Polysorbate 80 (and 20),EDTA,E. coli

This session will help give you an overview of the types of arguments presented by Anti-Vaxxers, and some thought provoking ways that we can approach this topic from a professional medical science stand, to at least understand the basics of their flawed hypothesis.