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Monday, March 02, 2015

Jean Twenge, Daily Beast: With the measles outbreak bringing vaccination back into the spotlight, one question is rarely answered: Why do more people now choose not to vaccinate their children? In a word: Narcissism. ... Narcissism is the perfect formula for choosing not to vaccinate your kids. No, not everyone who makes this choice is narcissistic, but the pervasive cultural narcissism in the U.S. makes these ideas possible and accepted even without individuals displaying the personality trait. read more


Monday, January 26, 2015

Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post: If you want to quantify the alarming impact of the anti-vaccine movement, the chart [at the link] is a good place to start. It plots the cumulative number of new measles cases by month, for each year from 2001 to 2014. But the latest CDC data illustrate the troubling resurgence of a disease that, as of 2000, had been declared eliminated. Anti-vaxxers are quite literally turning back the clock on decades of public health progress. read more


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