With the recent outbreak of measles originating from Disneyland, there’s been no shortage of speculation, accusation and recrimination concerning why some people won’t vaccinate their children. There’s also been some — but only some — more historically and psychologically informed discussion.
Some people’s motivation for skipping vaccines likely comes from persistent misinformation and, in particular, the unfounded belief that there’s a link between vaccines and autism. And, as Adam Frank pointed out in a post last week, vaccinations also play into a larger cultural conversation about science and its place in society.
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