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Anti-vaxxing's long history

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Monday, 24 February 2020

 

Editor's note

There's been a rise globally in suspicion about the potential harm done by vaccines. Many blame social media for this rise, and it's tempting to think that such beliefs are relatively modern, dating back to the now-discredited work of Andrew Wakefield in the 1990s which tried to link the MMR vaccine to autism in children. But fear of vaccines is far from new – and new forms of media have fanned the flames before, according to Sally Frampton. When smallpox vaccination began in the late 18th century, it was commonly believed that it could cause cow horns to sprout from children.

 

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