Navigation Links
Twitter a popular source for vaccination information, debate
Date:5/30/2013

Washington, DC, May 30, 2013 Twitter is a popular source for receiving and sharing new information about vaccines, and also a basically reliable one, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin analyzed 9,510 vaccination-related tweets from one week in January, 2012 to determine the most popular and influential messages. A final sample of 2,580 tweets that had received engagement through re-posting and sharing was then coded for frequency of sharing, tone toward vaccinations, links to sources (e.g., news outlets, advocacy groups, or healthcare providers), and whether the claims being made in each tweet were scientifically substantiated.

Overall, 33 percent of the 2,580 tweets carried a positive tone about vaccines, 54 percent were neutral, and 13 percent were negative. Of the 14 percent of tweets that contained medical information, more than two-thirds offered content substantiated by scientific research.

The most popular messages concerned a potential children's malaria vaccine, development of the NeuVax E-75 vaccine for breast cancer, the effectiveness of a herpes vaccine in women, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation of a human papilloma virus vaccination for boys, potential approval for a lung cancer vaccine, and a blog post discrediting vaccine-autism connections.

Frequent information sources shared through tweets included health-specific sites such as WebMD (16 percent of 341 links), national media such as The New York Times (13 percent), medical organizations such as the American Medical Association (12 percent), and digital news aggregators including the Huffington Post (10 percent). The specific outlets mentioned are representative examples, though did dominate their categories.

"News and health organizations received mostly positive attention in comparison with political or advocacy groups, indicating users are favorably viewing established sources in their health-information seeking," state the authors. "In this sample, it appears that Twitter users share mostly reputable information and sources while actively mobilizing others to seek reliable health information. Results of the snapshot can help explain what social media content patients consume and respond to, as well as help determine directions for educational campaigns."


'/>"/>

Contact: Liz Garman
egarman@apic.org
202-454-2604
Elsevier Health Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. TranscriptionWing Joins Facebook and Twitter
2. Using Twitter to track the flu: A better way to screen the Tweets
3. Disease outbreaks trackable with Twitter
4. Twitter May Help Those Trying to Lose Weight
5. Through The Use Of Twitter, EverSmoke, A Popular Electronic Cigarettes Company, Is Encouraging Fans to Finish the Hashtag #iPlanToBe With What They Plan to Be
6. Botox Popularity Increases With 20-Somethings
7. Dr. Greg DeLange of the Estetica Institute Recently Performed Eye Surgery on Both Members of Popular Morning Radio Team
8. Popular Yoga DVD, Lady Niguma Yoga Released for Sale Online
9. Botox – Is the World’s Most Popular Cosmetic Procedure Safe?
10. Back by Popular Demand, INSKINCOSMEDICS Announces an Encore to their Popular Skincare Analysis Masterclass Series
11. LED Grow Box Becomes the Most Popular Product for Hydroponics Systems Manufacturer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... The Workgroup for Electronic Data ... to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange and a trusted advisor to the U.S. ... industry white paper, entitled Barriers to Adoption of the ERA and EFT Transactions ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... ... Public outrage over the toxins that exist in tap water and the ... industry itself to research, develop and ultimately supply consumers with healthy drinking water alternatives. ... natural alkaline water technologies, water filtration systems, and consumer education. ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... Bone Solutions Inc. (BSI), ... magnesium-based orthopedic medical device, OsteoCrete®. OsteoCrete® bone void filler is designed to assist ... incorporate magnesium, a critical property for bone health and development. , “We’re excited ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... Ron Norman, CEO of Team Decades, ... making a distinct rather than generic impression in the job market if one is ... stack of resumes knows that the first impression they give off is not a ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... IL (PRWEB) , ... September 19, 2017 , ... ... significantly and positively linked to the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) certification ... Emergency Nursing (BCEN). The value of certification study, conducted by the Human Resources ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/6/2017)... NeuroRx, a clinical stage biopharma company developing the first oral ... granted Fast Track status by the US Food and Drug ... by NRX-101 (D-cycloserine + lurasidone). The company will shortly begin ... targeting patients who are admitted to Emergency Departments with ASIB ... ...
(Date:9/5/2017)... 2017 Sapheneia and Scannerside received FDA 510(k) ... is a third-party Vendor neutral CT product that makes ... compliance with current MITA standards. ... solution is specifically designed to provide CT operators, prior ... doses over a predefined threshold. Scannerside Dose Check is ...
(Date:9/5/2017)...  Getinge, a leading global provider of innovative ... program -- "Color for the Kids!" -- to ... by The Children,s Heart Foundation. Pediatric patients and ... encouraged to download a coloring picture at ... the gallery on the website. For each artwork ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: