Vaccination apathy fueled by decades of misinformation

A legacy of social and political factors rather than bad parenting may be influencing people's decisions not to vaccinate their children, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. The study, which appears in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, shows that a history of drug scandals, medical training practices, and a lack of political priority placed on disease prevention that started in the 1960s could be responsible for the immunization apathy, also known as vaccine hesitancy, we're seeing today. "It's not all about the parents, said Heather MacDougall, history professor at Waterloo and co-author of the study. "History reveals...

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