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Who Is Afraid of Vaccines?

  • Andrea Grignolio
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Abstract

The history of anti-vaccination movements is long and instructive. We can trace its beginnings back to late eighteenth century England and the practice of vaccinating against smallpox. From a historical point of view, we cannot say that opposition to vaccinations is anything new; what is new today is the increasingly large number of people involved and their social status. In addition, for the first time, we are seeing a decline in the vaccinal coverage of the population after two centuries of slow but inevitable advances: we are consequently seeing something very different from the opposition to vaccination in the past by some marginal groups.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Grignolio
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  1. 1.Unit and Museum of History of Medicine, Department of Experimental MedicineSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

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