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, 10 (7), e2919

The Anti-vaccination Movement: A Regression in Modern Medicine


The Anti-vaccination Movement: A Regression in Modern Medicine

Azhar Hussain et al. Cureus.


There have been recent trends of parents in Western countries refusing to vaccinate their children due to numerous reasons and perceived fears. While opposition to vaccines is as old as the vaccines themselves, there has been a recent surge in the opposition to vaccines in general, specifically against the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, most notably since the rise in prominence of the notorious British ex-physician, Andrew Wakefield, and his works. This has caused multiple measles outbreaks in Western countries where the measles virus was previously considered eliminated. This paper evaluates and reviews the origins of the anti-vaccination movement, the reasons behind the recent strengthening of the movement, role of the internet in the spread of anti-vaccination ideas, and the repercussions in terms of public health and safety.

Keywords: anti-vaccine movement; measles outbreak; mmr vaccine; vaccination; virus.

Conflict of interest statement

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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