I have nothing to add to this commentary by a New England pediatrician, which refers to a depressing study out of Dartmouth that suggests our current messaging around vaccine acceptance is ineffective. For a great recent example of good messaging, see this post by Tara Smith, entitled, “Why I vaccinate my kids”.
But if factual, rational messages fail to sway vaccine deniers, what other options are available? How to respond, for example, to those who base their vaccine denial on religion? So I spent the better part of my time away in prayer and meditation, seeking revelations from all the major deities. I’m happy to announce that they all were in favor of immunization. The main point each of them made to me (aside from pointing out that all the others I communicated with were false deities, not worthy of my time), was that they gave humans an astonishing intelligence and reasoning capacity for a purpose.
Thus I implore you to go forth and get immunized. The only true god of your choice commands it.