A taxonomy of reasoning flaws in the anti-vaccine movement

Robert M. Jacobson, Paul V. Targonski, Gregory A. Poland

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In a scholarly analysis of widely held misconceptions, Gilovich provides a classification scheme of common flaws in reasoning seen in contemporary society. He broadly categorizes these flaws as having cognitive determinants or in having motivational and social determinants. In this survey, the authors examine the various claims against routine childhood and adult vaccines as made by the more public and more organized entities of the anti-vaccine movement as well as those made apparent by surveys of parents and other groups of individuals. The claims illustrate the breadth of reasoning flaws while providing a basis for anticipating and correcting them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3146-3152
Number of pages7
Issue number16 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Apr 20 2007


  • Decision making
  • Logic
  • Vaccines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • veterinary(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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