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Disgust, Contamination, and Vaccine Refusal

Navin, Mark (2013) Disgust, Contamination, and Vaccine Refusal. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Vaccine refusers often seem motivated by disgust, and they invoke ideas of purity, contamination and sanctity. Unfortunately, the emotion of disgust and its companion ideas are not directly responsive to the probabilistic and statistical evidence of research science. It follows that increased efforts to promulgate the results of vaccine science are not likely to contribute to increased rates of vaccination among persons who refuse vaccines because of (what has been called) the ‘ethics of sanctity’. Furthermore, the fact that disgust-based vaccine refusal is not monolithic – vaccine refusers manifest disgust at different objects and invoke different ideas about purity and contamination – further complicates public health efforts to increase vaccination rates.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Navin, Marknavin@oakland.edu
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science Education
Depositing User: Dr. Mark Navin
Date Deposited: 17 May 2013 19:14
Last Modified: 17 May 2013 19:14
Item ID: 9767
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science Education
Date: May 2013
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9767

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