Immune Response

(Nov 25, 2019)

The resurgence of measles in Europe signals something of a confidence crisis in the area of vaccination, and not for the first time. Mass panics of this sort are not new, but the reach of modern hysteria is aided by technology. Such rapid global spread has propelled vaccine hesitancy into the World Health Organisation's most critical global health threats of 2019.

Of course, like any medical intervention, vaccination comes with the possibility of side effects (even if precisely quantified and well understood). And by their very nature, such interventions are acts taken to prevent a disease an individual does not yet have and may not catch. Human beings can rationalise harms from random misfortune more successfully…

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