Meet The Italian Doctor Using Facebook To Fight Anti-Vaxxers

Shocked by the growing number of children who die from vaccine-preventable diseases in Italy -- as well as stories of parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids -- a professor of microbiology and virology has decided to take on anti-vaxxers where they spread misinformation: on Facebook. For the more than 20,000 followers of his Facebook page, Dr. Roberto Burioni, a professor at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy, explains the science behind vaccines and uses scientific data to refute rumors about their dangers. When he is not citing scientific studies, he pegs his advice to persuasive anecdotes or real-life events that have taken place around the world. As a cautionary tale, for example, Burioni shared a photograph of Brenden Hall, an Australian swimmer, who lost most of his hearing and his right leg at age 6 due to complications from chickenpox, a preventable disease. (Hall went on to win two gold medals in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.) Burioni cites Hall's experience to demonstrate that chickenpox, a common childhood virus, can still have serious repercussions -- and to expose as ridiculous the anti-vaccine stance that preventable diseases aren't a serious health risk.  "Be careful when the antivaccinista tells you: ‘What's wrong with a little chickenpox? I've had it, and I'm still alive and well!'" Burioni quips in the post above. "In that case, you would be looking straigh...
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