Vaccinating children is an important decision as it propounds values such as protection of children’s health, social responsibilities of parents and the respect for science. Now-a-days on Facebook and elsewhere in the media, many studies showing how vaccination causes autism and other substitutes of vaccines such as Immune-Strengthening Diet have created many objections on the idea of vaccinating children and increased the number of people having anti-vaccination beliefs. So it is important to propagate the positives of vaccination in a correct way. The approach completely depends on kind of negatives views different types of people have and your relationship with that person.
While encountering people that are not close to us or the activists on social media with anti-vaccine views, it is important to be cautious since responding to them can be risky. Since here their aim is to provoke and earn more visibility, it is adequate to keep the interactions brief, polite and factual.
Sometimes it’s easier to deal with outsiders than with family or friends that hold strong opinions supporting anti-vaccination, since you have to give priority to their relationship with you then proving your point and creating conflicts. Here it is smart to say, “This is a topic we all have strong views about. We could just argue, but I propose that we leave this one alone.”
During parent group situations, if you want to advocate vaccination, it is vital to use a subtle way that can lead to delivery of message effectively as well as no creation of conflicts. Saying “We are planning to vaccinate our baby. We think it’s really important.” should do the work.
While doing all this, there are some things you need to keep in mind, like not directly jumping in anti-vaccination debates, making sure to listen and provide correct facts and sentences, being empathetic towards their emotions and understanding their point of views completely, asking clear questions and making the conversations smooth. At times, we unintentionally amplify their anti-vaccine views and create more problems. So it is important to keep your emotions in check and reach out to them considering variables such as your goals, your relationship with the person and their position