"It does not need vaccine compulsion" – News Knowledge: Medicine & Psychology

Mr. Tarr, in the journal "Swiss Medical Weekly", you recently suggested learning from complementary doctors to parents. vaccinate move. Is not it a contradiction?

This could be thought of. It is always said that complementary physicians are vaccinators. But it's a stereotype that we have to get rid of. This is not true, according to our research. I would say the opposite. Skeptical parents vis-à-vis vaccines often consult complementary doctors. I imagine that half of them attended medical pediatricians at the Normal School.

Which did not help them.

Many pediatricians and orthodox pediatricians give very good advice on vaccination. However, they sometimes lack the time or expertise to talk to their parents about their vaccination problems. In our interviews, it appeared that critical parents would not be taken seriously, disguised and ultimately offended. The complementary doctor then receives the expected vaccination advice. Most of them end up vaccinating their children anyway, that's something you have to say very clearly. We therefore feel that complementary physicians play an important role in counseling parents critical for vaccination.

Where does the impression come that complementary medicine is overwhelmingly against immunizations?

Those with the most extreme views are usually the strongest, especially in the media. I find that a shame because it has reinforced the cliche of the specialist complementary vaccines. Associations of medical homeopaths and anthroposophists have recently published important statements in which they claim not to be against vaccination. It should be based on the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health and on the basis of a differentiated vaccination. Members of professional societies have had negative and positive reactions. So there is a whole spectrum in homeopaths, as elsewhere with conventional medicine.

He clearly needs more training. The doctors in our survey say they have learned very little about immunization. I know it by my own education. Philip Tarr, Infectiologist

Despite the current accumulation of measles, vaccination rates have increased steadily in recent years in childhood diseases. Are there fewer skeptics about vaccines?

For measles, vaccination rates are not as high as they should be to prevent epidemics. However, this is largely due to the fact that immunization appointments have been forgotten or forgotten, perhaps because of holidays or child fever. Nevertheless, skepticism about vaccines is still widespread. About 30% of parents have corresponding reserves. They ask questions, worry or want to delay the timing of the vaccination. However, most do not fundamentally reject vaccine protection.

Are school doctors doing something wrong?

They do not do anything wrong. For the 70% of non-critical parents, their vaccination opinion is sufficient. But if someone comes to say that I think it's too early to vaccinate my baby for two months now and that he then wants to discuss a list of ten questions, he often misses time. Doctors often feel uncomfortable. Complementary physicians fill this gap. Obviously, they give so much vaccination advice that critical parents are satisfied. And complementary doctors are satisfied because they like to do that. They do not consider these parents as cumbersome or problematic as some school doctors do.

Many are probably annoying when someone asks questions about the vaccination.

I would not say it so negative. The Federal Office of Public Health wants to improve advice on vaccination. He clearly needs more training. The doctors in our survey say they have learned very little about immunization. I know it by my own education. We only learned that vaccinations were safe and effective. If in practice, parents critical for the vaccine come, as a doctor, although the federal vaccination plan. The data, advantages and disadvantages of vaccinations, the frequency of diseases, etc., are often unknown. It is also true that vaccines for children today are so good that you can use them without much doubt.

Vaccination rates are steadily increasing in Switzerland.Philip Tarr, Infectiologist

Are there parents who can not convince themselves of vaccination?

A maximum of three percent of people do not want to make vaccination. There is no point in investing time, money and energy in education. There are authorities and specialists are in agreement.

Why do impfskeptic parents choose to be vaccinated?

We know that the opponents of radical vaccination are abstruse and unscientific. I am not concerned by that. However, skeptics about vaccines do not necessarily reject vaccines. They think, for example, that their child should be vaccinated six months instead of two. We do not want to cause pain to the child and destroy confidence in life and parents, hardly the case in the world. Other parents question the need for certain vaccines. For example, tetanus, in which an infection during the first year of life is unlikely. Or polio, which is barely happening in our country. I understand these concerns. I also have children who are all vaccinated.

The study of their national fund on vaccine skepticism in Switzerland is still in full swing. What conclusion can you draw from it?

I think we need to avoid just saying that vaccines are effective and safe. We have been doing it for 50 years, but it does not work for everyone anymore. If we want to reach skeptical parents, we need to communicate more about the advantages and disadvantages of each vaccine and the fact that the vaccination decision is free. It is not mandatory that all are necessarily necessarily vaccinated in exactly the same way. Depending on the child and the needs, it is also possible to vaccinate later. Even if the authorities do not like it, of course. They rightly say that the child can then contract an avoidable infection. But I think we have to talk about such topics other than just the "right" and "wrong" categories.

The other extreme would be the vaccine constraint, as it was introduced in other countries.

The Federal Office of Public Health refuses, because we have a legal basis only in an emergency epidemiological situation. Above all, vaccination rates are steadily increasing in Switzerland. He does not need vaccination.

(Editors Tamedia)

Created: 08.07.2019, 18:01