Understanding those who do not understand: A brief review of the anti-vaccine movement

Gregory A. Poland, Robert M. Jacobson

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Vaccines and the ability to prevent morbidity and mortality due to infectious diseases have been one of the greatest public health success stories. On a global level, it is one of the few cost-effective medical measures that result in universal benefit. Despite this, there is evidence of a growing anti-vaccine movement. In turn, this has, in some cases, resulted in major disruptions in vaccine programs, with resultant needless morbidity and mortality. Of interest are the factors that seem to contribute to the current trend of anti-vaccine sentiment. This paper will examine the current anti-vaccine movement and provide current examples. Finally, a review of suggestions for dealing with the anti-vaccine movement will be presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2440-2445
Number of pages6
Issue number17-19
StatePublished - Mar 21 2001


  • Adverse effect
  • Anti-vaccine
  • Vaccine
  • Vaccine safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Veterinary
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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