The pertussis vaccine controversy in Great Britain, 1974-1986.

@article{Baker2003ThePV,
  title={The pertussis vaccine controversy in Great Britain, 1974-1986.},
  author={Jeffrey P. Baker},
  journal={Vaccine},
  year={2003},
  volume={21 25-26},
  pages={
          4003-10
        }
}
This historical essay analyzes the role played by Great Britain in the pertussis vaccine controversy of the 1970s and 1980s. Public backlash against this vaccine not only took place earlier in Britain than the United States, but also was so widespread that a series of whooping cough epidemics soon followed. As with the more recent dispute involving measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism, the United Kingdom played a primary role in defining, promoting, and ultimately exporting this… CONTINUE READING

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