Understanding causality in adverse events after vaccinationSource: Health FeedbackAudience: Educators, Healthcare Professionals (HCPs), Media / Reporters, Policy Makers / Government, Adults, Parents, Pregnant Women, Seniors/Elderly, General Public
Vaccine adverse event reports are simultaneously a valuable public health resource and potent ingredients for vaccine misinformation. Its role in vaccine misinformation is due in large part to the logical fallacy of "post hoc ergo propter hoc", where an event that preceded another is thought to be the cause of the later event. However, we can avoid falling into the trap of this logical fallacy by using the Bradford-Hill framework when inferring causality between a vaccine and adverse events. Written for a general audience.