vaccine objections include

  • There’s the fear of toxic substances in vaccines
  • “big pharma” conspiracy to sell these drugs to as many people as possible.
  • A child’s immune system could be overwhelmed by too many vaccines at too young an age.
  • fear of autism, a belief born from a study by British doctor Andrew Wakefield that said the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine causes the developmental disorder.
  • Younger children are frequently exempted for moral, conscientious and philosophical reasons.
  • adverse effects more likely in people of African descent.

Anti-vaxxers come from a wide spectrum of income and education backgrounds. In 2015, polling firm Mainstreet Research found that 39% of Canadian anti-vaxxers earned more than $100,000, 38% had a university degree and 60% per cent had attended college. Two thirds were excused for health reasons, 20% for religious reasons.

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