Vaccine hesitancy: Margie Danchin at DFTB18

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DFTB, T. Vaccine hesitancy: Margie Danchin at DFTB18, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
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This talk was recorded live at DFTB18 in Melbourne, Australia. With the theme of ‘Science and Story’ we pushed our speakers to step out of their comfort zones and consider why we do what we do. Caring for children is not just about acquiring the scientific knowhow but also about taking a look beyond a diagnosis or clinical conundrum at the patient and their families. Tickets for DFT19, which will be held in London, UK, are now on sale from www.dftb19.com.

Margie Danchin is a general paediatrician working at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She has a special interest in immunisation and vaccine hesitancy and it is this that she shared with the audience at DFTB18. This was the paper that started it all…

Wakefield AJ, Murch ST, Anthony A, Linnell, Casson DR, Malik M, et al. Ileal lymphoid nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children [retracted]. Lancet 1998;351:637-41.

By suggesting that vaccines were linked to autism, Andrew Wakefield and his colleagues kicked off a vaccine scare that has yet to fade away and still sees many children succumb to diseases that are highly preventable and highly fatal. So what is the actual level of risk?

There is a tendency to forget just how dangerous the diseases we are trying to prevent can be. Spend a moment to read Roald Dahl’s short letter about the death of his daughter, Olivia, with what is a highly preventable illness – measles.

 

See how Margie handles these tricky cases in her talk from DFTB18.

 

For more information on vaccine research as well as some tools to aid your discussion take a look at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance website.

 

And for Grace Leo’s take…

 

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Selected references

Wakefield AJ, Murch ST, Anthony A, Linnell, Casson DR, Malik M, et al. Ileal lymphoid nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children [retracted]. Lancet 1998;351:637-41.

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