6 Takeaways from Reddit AMA on Vaccines
Learning from Boston University virologists’ Reddit chat during National Immunization Awareness Month
In 2017, Boston University virologists Dr. Paul Duprex and Lee Wetzler took to Reddit’s r/IAMA subreddit to field questions on vaccines. This National Immunization Awareness month, we revisit the conversation they had with hundreds of Redditors who chimed in with questions, ranging from specific scientific questions to queries about the “anti-vaccine” movement.
Here are 6 top takeaways from the conversation:
1. A Herpes Vaccine is on the way.
Dr. Wexler discussed vaccines that are close to being approved for public use, including vaccines for Dengue and Herpes.
2. Advice for young scientists: “love the discipline.”
A young scientist asked our BU virologists for advice on entering the field.
3. Use facts to talk to “anti-vaccers.”
One topic that came up throughout the subreddit was how to engage individuals who question the life-saving impact of vaccines.
4. NIH is prioritizing a vaccine for Zika.
Check out the NIH article that Dr. Duprex shared.
5. It’s unlikely that humans will ever be immune to illness.
Learn why we’ll always need vaccines.