In recent years, we’ve seen a growing number of people skeptical about the effectiveness of vaccines. Many health professionals have tried to counter these beliefs by telling the vaccine skeptic’s that they’re wrong, but that has yet to change their mind. A growing number of illnesses and diseases are beginning to make a comeback thanks to these skeptics, so it’s more important now than ever to learn how to communicate and convince them that their view is incorrect.

Understanding Their Narrative

Before telling a vaccine skeptic that their view is wrong, you should step back and try to understand it. That doesn’t mean you have to agree with it but understanding their concerns and reasons will make the conversation more equal and less of an argument. Many parents choose not to vaccinate their children because they believe the risks of the vaccination are higher than the risk of actually contracting the disease. Of course, medical experts know that the reason the occurrence of disease is so low is that of vaccinations, but it can be easy for these parents to miss that fact. Instead of arguing that they’re wrong, try to explain that the reason those diseases are eradicated is that of the modern vaccines we have access to. If we stop giving the vaccines, the virus will inevitably make a comeback. You should aim to educate them on your narrative while understanding theirs, rather than just trying to change their mind.

Be Open to Negotiation

Convincing a vaccine skeptic may not lead to a complete win, but a comprise of your two opinions. While the traditional vaccination schedule and system is ideal, something is better than nothing. Discuss different vaccination schedules, only partaking in some vaccinations and other options that would be a compromise. Many health care professionals don’t like the idea of a compromise because it can leave the child at risk longer for more diseases, but ultimately it comes down to finding the best option for both parties. A loud argument filled with telling a vaccine skeptic why they’re wrong, and you’re right will likely lead to their child getting no vaccinations at all. Instead, find whatever level of middle ground you can to make progress towards getting their child vaccinated. All of your statements should be based on facts supported by evidence, rather than a personal opinion.