Of Mice and Schoolchildren: A Conceptual History of Herd Immunity.

  title={Of Mice and Schoolchildren: A Conceptual History of Herd Immunity.},
  author={David Robertson},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  • David Robertson
  • Published 10 June 2021
  • Medicine
  • American journal of public health
This article explores a tension at the core of the concept of herd immunity that has been overlooked in public and scientific discussions‒namely: how can immunity, a phenomenon of individual biological defenses, be made relevant to populations? How can collectives be considered "immune"? Over the course of more than a century of use of the term, scientists have developed many different understandings of the concept in response to this inherent tension. Originating among veterinary scientists in… 
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