Dan Hinmon, MCSMN Director
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Cleveland Clinic physician claims vaccines cause autism – outrage ensu

Posted by @DanHinmon, Jan 9, 2017

Who hasn’t wrestled with anti-vaxxers on your Facebook page? We know how to handle that. But what if one of your physicians blogged this:

“Some of the vaccines have helped reduce the incidence of childhood communicable diseases, like meningitis and pneumonia. That is great news. But not at the expense of neurologic diseases like autism and ADHD increasing at alarming rates.”

Yikes. Get out the crisis communication plan. (Do you have one? And does it address issues like this?)

COMMENT

Cleveland Clinic responds (on a Sunday, no less): https://newsroom.clevelandclinic.org/2017/01/08/statement-cleveland-clinic/

Thanks @sheridonaldson. What do you think of the response? And the timing?

Just to clarify, my intention is not to slam Cleveland Clinic with this post. It’s a great institution. We all know physicians can be opinionated, and this could have happened to any of us.

I feel terrible for those who had to craft the response to this! The only phrase that gave me pause was the last one–“appropriate disciplinary action will be taken (against the author of the post)”–it feeds into the “conspiracy” those who are against vaccines espouse.

And yes, Cleveland Clinic is a great institution!

@sheridonaldson

I feel terrible for those who had to craft the response to this! The only phrase that gave me pause was the last one–“appropriate disciplinary action will be taken (against the author of the post)”–it feeds into the “conspiracy” those who are against vaccines espouse.

And yes, Cleveland Clinic is a great institution!

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But then again doesn’t everything feed into the conspiracy? One reason why this is such a difficult issue to resolve.

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@sheridonaldson

I feel terrible for those who had to craft the response to this! The only phrase that gave me pause was the last one–“appropriate disciplinary action will be taken (against the author of the post)”–it feeds into the “conspiracy” those who are against vaccines espouse.

And yes, Cleveland Clinic is a great institution!

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Alas, yes…

I read this as – “someone abused their position of trust to publish without prior approvals.” I only hope some poor marketing person was not taken advantage of and published this for the physician.

It will be interesting to see if screen grabs of this article will circulate as validation in the future. Reputation is a delicate thing to manage.

@jkennedy93

I read this as – “someone abused their position of trust to publish without prior approvals.” I only hope some poor marketing person was not taken advantage of and published this for the physician.

It will be interesting to see if screen grabs of this article will circulate as validation in the future. Reputation is a delicate thing to manage.

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@jkennedy93, unfortunately, I am sure screen grabs are already circulating precisely to validate the links between vaccines and heaven-knows-what. The site to which this article was posted (not a medical site) removed it “for a few hours, but has now been restored in its entirety”.

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