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Bobby Kennedy’s Big Pharma Vaccine Cartel Army

Does the Big Pharma Vaccine Cartel have an army of bloggers, surrogates, trolls, and bots?

Wait, what? The Big Pharma Vaccine Cartel???

Does anyone really believe this anti-vax conspiracy stuff?

Bobby Kennedy seems to think that there is a Big Pharma Vaccine Cartel Army of bloggers, surrogates, trolls, and bots that are after him because he criticizes vaccines.
Bobby Kennedy seems to think that there is a Big Pharma Vaccine Cartel Army of bloggers, surrogates, trolls, and bots that are after him because he criticizes vaccines. Can we really not talk about vaccines without folks pushing this kind of misinformation?

Oh, yeah, I guess they do…

Bobby Kennedy’s Big Pharma Vaccine Cartel Army

With all of those body guards and talk of a Big Pharma Vaccine Cartel army being after him, Bobby Kennedy must have had a lot of protestors at his speech, right?

Protestors who were blocking the entrances to the building, banging on the walls, holding up signs, throwing blood, etc.

Anti-vax protestors banged on the walls as they protested at the California capital.
Anti-vax protestors banged on the walls as they protested the passing of SB276 at the California capital.

Protestors who ended up getting arrested.

Anti-vax protestors followed California legislator Richard Pan to a meeting in Chicago.
Anti-vax protestors followed California legislator Richard Pan to a meeting in Chicago.

Do Bobby Kennedy‘s Big Pharma Vaccine Cartel army follow him around the country?

Protestors cornered a state Senator in a room of the Capital.
Protestors cornered a state Senator in a room of the Capital.

Did the protestors corner him in a room while he was working?

Who needs a body guard???
Who needs a body guard???

Oh wait, no.

None of that happens to Bobby Kennedy when he gives a speech.

"Who should we really be targeting? Merck. Why won't they put their gun on the person who is causing the problem? It's not the most vulnerable people, it's this greedy, homicidal vaccine company. When I say homicidal, I'm not exaggerating." - Bobby Kennedy
“Who should we really be targeting? Merck. Why won’t they put their gun on the person who is causing the problem? It’s not the most vulnerable people, it’s this greedy, homicidal vaccine company. When I say homicidal, I’m not exaggerating.” – Bobby Kennedy

That’s what has been happening at the anti-vaccine protests, where parents are protesting because they want to continue sending their intentionally unvaccinated kids to school, putting all of our kids at risk, especially those with true medical exemptions.

It makes you wonder if Kennedy has an Anti-Vax Cartel Army of bloggers, surrogates, trolls, and bots on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, etc. and so figures vaccine advocates must have one too…

Maybe they are the ones putting out all of the misinformation about vaccines these days…

Millions for giving vaccines... Do we get extra for being in the Big Pharma Vaccine Cartel army?
Millions for giving vaccines… Do we get extra for being in the Big Pharma Vaccine Cartel army?

Oh, and before I forget…

Did his bodyguards go to lunch???
Did his bodyguards go to lunch???

Can someone send me some pics of the Big Pharma Vaccine Cartel army who were protesting Kennedy during the keynote at the 13th annual Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon, hosted by the Surrey Board of Trade in Vancouver?

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Vaccines and Social Media

Believe it or not, social media isn’t all bad, not even when it comes to talking about vaccines.

Of course, social media does amplify the bad players and does seem to help scare many parents away from vaccinating and protecting their kids.

But the anti-vaccine movement pre-dates social media. Social media simply helps a minority of folks who don’t trust vaccines become even more vocal.

Vaccines and Social Media

So that we are on the same page, do you know what folks are talking about when they mention social media?

Social media is the interactive parts of the Internet, so places like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, Snapchat, Pinterest, and YouTube, etc.

What are you going to find if you go on social media and want to talk about vaccines?

It depends.

“The semantic network of positive vaccine sentiment demonstrated greater cohesiveness in discourse compared to the larger, less-connected network of negative vaccine sentiment.”

Kang et al on Semantic Network Analysis of Vaccine Sentiment in Online Social Media

It depends on who your friends are, what groups you are in, and who you follow.

“Measures of information exposure derived from Twitter explained differences in coverage that were not explained by socioeconomic factors. Vaccine coverage was lower in states where safety concerns, misinformation, and conspiracies made up higher proportions of exposures, suggesting that negative representations of vaccines in the media may reflect or influence vaccine acceptance.”

Dunn et al on Mapping information exposure on social media to explain differences in HPV vaccine coverage in the United States.

And unfortunately, that likely influences whether or not your kids are going to be vaccinated and protected.

Social media can be a strong tool to combat vaccine hesitancy too though and can help educate folks that vaccines are safe, with few risks, and necessary.

“Given the ‘viral’ rates of anti-vaccination campaign dispersion through these same media, public health departments working in tandem with community groups, clinicians, hospitals and federal officials can leverage strong coalitions to prevent and treat infectious disease in their communities.”

Warren et al on Measles, social media and surveillance in Baltimore City

It is especially important that local and state health departments learn to use social media during outbreaks to educate the public on the importance of getting vaccinated and protected and combat propaganda and new conspiracy theories that sometimes arise when they don’t put out enough information about an outbreak.

“Our results indicate that users of Twitter (OR4.41, 95%CI: 1.43-13.60) and Facebook (OR 1.66, 95%CI: 1.01-2.72) as sources of health information were more likely to be vaccinated in comparison to users who do not use Twitter or Facebook as a source of health information.”

Ahmed et al on Social media use and influenza vaccine uptake among White and African American adults.

More than a few studies have shown that social media interventions improve vaccine acceptance.

Posting a #flushotselfie on social media can help others get vaccinated and protected too.
Posting a #flushotselfie on social media can help others get vaccinated and protected too.

Unfortunately, studies have shown that it is the folks who are against vaccines that are more likely to talk to others about vaccines on social media.

“To summarize the results, mothers who generally support childhood vaccinations are less likely to engage in communicative action about the issue, including information seeking, attending, forefending, permitting, forwarding, and sharing.”

McKeever et al on Silent Majority: Childhood Vaccinations and Antecedents to Communicative Action

So what should we do?

Instead of worrying about getting Larry Cook and a few other anti-vaccine heroes off social media, let’s get more vaccine advocates on social media!

“By targeting those who are in support of childhood vaccinations with simple, fact-based information that is easy to share online, media and health organizations could create a contagion effect on social media, which could help change perceptions, attitudes, and possibly even vaccine-related behaviors, and might have implications for years to come.”

McKeever et al on Silent Majority: Childhood Vaccinations and Antecedents to Communicative Action

And not just during outbreaks of measles!

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