July 16, 2019, Vol 322, No. 3, Pages 183-282
Preserving Civility in Vaccine Policy Discourse – A Way Forward
Gregory A. Poland, MD; Jon C. Tilburt, MD; Edgar K. Marcuse, MD
JAMA. 2019;322(3):209-210. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.7445
This Viewpoint calls out the threat to vaccine policy posed by a very small number of antivaccine (“antivax”) advocates who disrupt attempts to engage vaccine-hesitant persons in public hearings about risks and benefits of vaccination and, acknowledging the concerns of a skeptical public, calls for a renewed commitment to civility in discussing public health policy.