The anti-vaccination movement

The anti-vaccination movement has a long history, beginning in France in 1763 and continuing through to today. As with all hot-button issues, it’s important to have accurate information and listen to both sides of the story. In the below infographic, developed by Mark Kirkpatrick, a freelance health journalist and dietitian, we discuss the reasoning and history behind the anti-vaccination movement.  In the early days of immunization, distrust in vaccines was well-warranted. There was no official quarantine procedure for those who’d already been inoculated and 18th Century doctors didn’t have quite the same standards as us when it came to sanitation and disease prevention. But as you can see, medical knowledge and standards have progressed greatly since those times and today’s vaccinations are a safe and effective tool in battling global health issues such as measles and rubella.

More than just a timeline of anti-vaccination movements, this infographic also includes useful information about vaccination itself, some of which might very well surprise you. For example: did you know that the first immunizations were administered in China in the 10th Century BCE? Or that the famed French philosopher Voltaire argued strongly for immunizations?

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One response to “The anti-vaccination movement”

  1. […] According to The Measles & Rubella Initiative, the widespread anti-vaccination movement in America began in 2007 because of a celebrities influence. The CDC reported less than 100 cases across the country in 2007, which is consistent with numbers from years prior. However, in 2008 scientists documented approximately 150 cases which the CDC attributes to “spread in communities with groups of unvaccinated people”. Looking at data from one year after the catalyst to the anti-vaccine movement may not warrant much of a conclusion so we can turn to data from 2014 onward, 7 years after the initial statement from the celebrity. The CDC data shows the number of cases being over 100 for 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018 with 2016 as the exception. This suggests to me that the number of measles cases has increased since 2007, but I am still unsure whether it is due to unvaccinated populations in the United States. […]

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