Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Resistance to Immunity: Summary of the Anti-Vaccine Movement

Jenner and the Cow Pox Vaccine Source:NYRB
For those looking for a very scholarly book review and summary of the anti-vaccine movement I refer you to this article in the New York Review of Books.

The review is expansive and covers historical figures from Edward Jenner to the discredited Andrew Wakefield (vaccines and autism).

The article also delves into the importance of marketing vaccines not only for individual benefit, but for the common good. Sometimes we give up personal liberty to benefit the community (no indoor smoking, speed limits, paying school taxes even if you do not have children etc). 

Last, for those obsessed with going 'natural,' the materials used in vaccines are much more natural than the treatments (antibiotics, antivirals) used to treat infectious diseases!