To better understand the controversy over New York’s measles outbreak, you have to go back to the late 19th century

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Experts are calling on company to counter closed groups where members can post misinformation without challenge

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Researchers who study the beliefs of anti-vaxxers have found many different reasons, not just religious or political, as to why some parents refuse to get their children vaccinated. Joel Michael Reynolds considers such decisions to be downright indefensible. And here are three reasons why

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Plummeting vaccination rates leave poor country at the forefront of an escalating European trend; ‘There is a risk in anything you do’

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The vaccination rate for California’s kindergartners soared this fall from the previous year, fueled by a state law that made it significantly tougher for parents to exempt schoolchildren from shots

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Infections of the Mind

March 25, 2015

why anti-vaxxers just ‘know’ they’re right. Thom Scott-Phillips: Anti-vaccination beliefs can cause real, substantive harm, as shown by the recent outbreak of measles in the US. These developments are as shocking and distressing as their consequences are predictable. But if the consequences are so predictable, why do the beliefs persist?

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So why aren’t black celebrities, pastors and the NAACP screaming about this issue? Because, according to Dr. Carlton Haywood Jr. of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, a lot of this anti-vaccination movement is about class and choice, as much as it’s about race. “It’s true that blacks and Latinos are less likely to get immunized from diseases than whites, but a lot of that is about healthcare access”

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