34% Of Anti-Vaxxers Think They Know More Than Medical Experts: Study

A new study has found that 34 percent of vaccination opponents believe they know as much or more that medical experts about autism; 36 percent feel their knowledge is about the same as medical doctors who have completed years of specialized schooling.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania; Utah Valley University, Texas A&M University School of Public Health and Texas A&M University note in The Conversation:

Anti-vaccine attitudes have been fueled in large part by growing rates of autism diagnoses as well as a now debunked study in The Lancet that linked autism and the measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine – pushing many parents to see vaccination as a potential explanation for their child’s autism diagnosis.

The researchers noted how terribly the majority of anti-vaxxers scored on their autism knowledge: 

Sixty-two percent of those who performed worst on our autism knowledge test believe that they know as much or more than both doctors and scientists about the causes of autism, compared to only 15 percent of those scoring best on the knowledge test.

Likewise, 71 percent of those who strongly endorse misinformation about the link between vaccines and autism feel that they know as much or more than medical doctors about the causes of autism, compared to only 28 percent of those who most strongly reject that misinformation.

(Source: The Conversation, Photo Credit: Fibonacci Blue/Commons Wikimedia)

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