The age-old struggle against the antivaccinationists.

  title={The age-old struggle against the antivaccinationists.},
  author={Gregory A. Poland and Robert M. Jacobson},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={364 2},
Today, the most recent in a long line of antivaccinationists are using modern media to sway public opinion and distract attention from scientific evidence. But there are steps we can take to avert the ill effects of these campaigns. 

Vaccine hesitancy and coercion: all eyes on France

With record levels of vaccine hesitancy and one of the most drastic reinforcements of vaccine mandates in recent years, there is much to learn from the French experience.

Should spreading anti-vaccine misinformation be criminalised?

The spread of false health information casts a shadow over required vaccine coverage. Melinda Mills says that we must, reluctantly, consider criminalising people who deliberately spread false

Should we do battle with antivaccination activists?

  • J. Leask
  • Political Science
    Public health research & practice
  • 2015
It is argued that adversarial advocacy may not be the most effective way to support vaccine programs, on the basis of what is known to influence vaccination attitudes and uptake, and the unintended negative consequences that can arise from an adversarial approach.

Religious Conviction and The Boston Inoculation Controversy of 1721

The inoculation debate in Boston in the seventeenth century, and the hesitancy of many individuals to inoculate themselves and their families shortly after the practice had been invented and introduced are referred to.

Vaccine hesitancy: parental, professional and public responsibility.

This article provides an analysis of vaccine hesitancy from an ethical perspective: parental, professional and public responsibilities are analysed and described according to the "responsibility of the fathers towards the children", as articulated by Hans Jonas in 1979.

The Ethical Imperative of Reason: How Anti-Intellectualism, Denialism, and Apathy Threaten National Security

Infrastructure protection; Politics and government; Apathy; Denialism; Intellectual life; Disinformation

Contrasting the anti-vaccine prejudice: a public health perspective. Commentary.

Specific training of health care workers and other vaccine providers is needed in order to understand the reasons of reluctant parents, and to deal with prejudice and misinformation.

How Silencing of Dissent in Science Impacts Woman. The Gardasil® Story

The issues of safety and efficacy of certain vaccines remains extremely contentious. The venues for this debate have included periodicals, documentary films, and an ever-increasing number of on-line



Anti-vaccinationists past and present

The activities of today's propagandists against immunisations are directly descended from those of the anti-vaccinationists of the late nineteenth century, say Robert Wolfe and Lisa Sharp.

Measles outbreak.

  • M. Pierce
  • Medicine, Biology
    The Medical letter on drugs and therapeutics
  • 2008
The measles virus is a highly infectious and communicable disease that is caused by the measles virus, which causes fever, rash, muscle pains, diarrhoea and vomiting.

Measles outbreak in Dublin, 2000

This outbreak of measles posed a major challenge to the hospital and the community for the first half of 2000, and the national MMR immunization rate before the outbreak was gravely suboptimal at 79%, whereas the rate in North Dublin, the catchment area of TCUH, was <70%.