The Anti-vaccination Movement: A Regression in Modern Medicine.

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Cureus. 2018 Jul 3;10(7):e2919. doi: 10.7759/cureus.2919.

The Anti-vaccination Movement: A Regression in Modern Medicine.

Hussain A1 Ali S2 Ahmed M3 Hussain S4.

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Abstract

There have been recent trends of parents in Western countries refusing to vaccinate their children due to numerous reasons and perceived fears. While opposition to vaccines is as old as the vaccines themselves there has been a recent surge in the opposition to vaccines in general specifically against the MMR (measles mumps and rubella) vaccine most notably since the rise in prominence of the notorious British ex-physician Andrew Wakefield and his works. This has caused multiple measles outbreaks in Western countries where the measles virus was previously considered eliminated. This paper evaluates and reviews the origins of the anti-vaccination movement the reasons behind the recent strengthening of the movement role of the internet in the spread of anti-vaccination ideas and the repercussions in terms of public health and safety.

KEYWORDS:

anti-vaccine movement; measles outbreak; mmr vaccine; vaccination; virus

PMID: 30186724 PMCID: PMC6122668 DOI: 10.7759/cureus.2919

 

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