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Paul Grobstein's picture

thinking about risks/influences rather than determinants/causes

It sounds to me a bit as if the source of the problem here is a failure to acknolwedge/understand that "risk" is always present and meaningful and somewhat uncertain.  For the "anti-vaccine" side, the risk of side-effects is seen as more significant than the risks of of lack of immunity at both individual and population levels.  For the "vaccine" side, the risks of lack of immunity are seen as greater than the risks of side-effects.  Is there a way to find more comfortable common ground through a greater understanding of the inevitable existence of small risks rather than major "causes"?  Cf.


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