Anti-Vaccination Advocates Often Don’t Trust The Government, Study Finds
Vaccines are both safe and effective. So what’s behind the anti-vaccination movement of recent years?
The issue took center stage this week following remarks from Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), two probable contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, who both seemed to suggest that vaccinating one’s children is ultimately a personal decision for parents to make. (Christie’s office later issued a statement saying that “with a disease like measles there is no question kids should be vaccinated.”)
There were more than 100 cases of measles reported in the U.S. in January, statistically a huge amount. Many experts are saying that vaccines should be legally required, and some pediatricians are even “firing” patients who refuse to vaccinate. Still, anti-vaccine skepticism persists. Where’s it coming from?
Yes, there’s that discredited study from the disgraced British doctor who has since lost his medical license. But new research suggests that for some people, the resistance to vaccinations may also be rooted in good old-fashioned mistrust of the government.