As scientists grapple with a growing body of scientific evidence linking vaccines to the emergence of new infectious diseases, some are arguing that the United States should have a national conversation about the benefits of vaccination and how it can make people healthier and more resilient.
The national debate has come full circle, as some Americans have been convinced that vaccines are necessary to combat infectious diseases and are not necessarily linked to a reduction in the risk of new ones, according to public health experts.
Nowhere is that more true than in California, where public health officials and researchers have repeatedly warned that vaccinations have been linked to an increase in coronavirus infections, which have been the focus of a national debate for more than two decades.
At a time when public health leaders are increasingly worried about the health impacts of climate change and other emerging threats, the public has been largely turned off by the notion of vaccines, according a new study in the journal Science.
While scientists and advocates say they are increasingly convinced that vaccinations are necessary, they have been unwilling to embrace the idea of a nationwide national conversation on the topic, said co-author Dr. Michael J. Coe, a health scientist at the University of Southern California.
The result, said Coe and his colleagues, is that the nation has been left with two competing narratives about vaccination.
Some experts say that if the public doesn’t accept the science, then vaccination is unnecessary.
Others argue that the public needs to accept that vaccines have the potential to be effective, but that there are other reasons for a national discussion.
The results of this new study lend support to the former view.
They suggest that if there is no public discussion about vaccines and their possible role in reducing the incidence of coronaviruses, then the public will likely remain skeptical about vaccines, said Dr. Christopher Gage, a vaccine researcher at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and author of the book ” Vaccine Politics .”
In the current study, Coe’s team focused on a specific type of coronivirus called EV-D68, which has spread rapidly in the U