Vaccine scepticism is as old as vaccines themselves. Here’s how to tackle it

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There has been an explosion of medical misinformation since the pandemic began. It perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise. As a health crisis of epic proportions plays out before us, people want fast access to the latest news on vaccines and all other developments. But an abundance of information can make for confusion, misunderstanding and bad faith.

Some of the problem of misinformation seems very new and inextricably connected to social media, where falsehoods can thrive and spread through an absence of editorial gatekeeping, a lackadaisical approach from tech companies in limiting the reach of questionable stories, and the ease with which users can share them. But the issue of how medical news is reinterpreted or even altered has a much longer history.

In Britain, cheap magazines and daily newspapers arrived on a mass scale in the late 19th century. Much like today, medical news was seen to make good copy. It allowed an increasingly literate public to engage with current debates on medicine, and learn about the latest innovations in public health like never before. Magazines of a semi-medical nature, aimed at a general audience, were set up to cater for anxious readers, who solicited advice on everything from acne and insomnia to hair loss and indigestion…

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