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Mar 3, 2014 6:19 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Telling concerned parents about vaccine benefits could backfire

Telling concerned parents about the benefits of vaccinations could backfire.

Researchers at Dartmouth wanted to figure out what reluctant parents needed to hear in order to vaccinate their children.

Nearly 2,000 adults were given one of four messages. The messages ranged from written information about the dangers of the diseases vaccines prevent and how links to autism have been debunked to images of children who have those illnesses.

Researchers found none of the messages helped, and parents tended to have more questions and misperceptions after the study.

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