Social Media and Immunizations: The Intersection of Civil Discourse, Propaganda and Collaboration




Session Description

Explore the portrayal of immunizations by the media (and more recently social media) over time as we examine portrayals in high-budget movies (with film clips included for discussion), newspapers and television. We then segue into more recent discussions of immunizations on social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook), and discuss recent changes in how social media is handling immunization discussions (e.g. Facebook and Twitter restricting anti-vaccination content). Strategies for an appropriate response to these portrayals (TV, newspaper, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) will be discussed, including when the best response may be no response.

Learning Objectives

     #1 Identify two social media platforms that have recently changed their policy in regards to dealing with anti-vaccination content.
     #2 Develop strategies to prepare a succinct, pro-vaccination message across various social media platforms.
     #3 Explain why no response may be the best response.

About the Presenter

Presenter, Walter Dehority's headshotWalter Dehority, Associate Professor, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Walter Dehority graduated from UCSF school of medicine, followed by post-graduate training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the University of New Mexico and the University of California, San Diego. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of New Mexico. He is co-chair of the Immunization Practice Advisory Council of New Mexico, and chair of the University of New Mexico IRB.


Continuing Education

This presentation has been approved for the following continuing education units: 

Approving BoardProfessionsCEUs Offered
NMBCCHPBehavioral Health Providers1.5

This presentation meets the requirements of a cultural awareness subject area as required by the licensing board.

To receive credit, you must attend the session in its entirety and complete the session evaluation within 48 hours of the session conclusion. 


May 26 2020


10:00 am - 11:15 am




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