A History Of Recent Vaccine Panic

With public suspicion of the Swine Flu vaccine growing, and controversy regarding the possible (or impossible?) link between autism and mercury found in vaccinations, Wired chronologizes some of the most notable events from the last ten years of vaccine controversy in A Short History of Vaccine Panic. Among significant developments:

August 2008 — The New York Times reports that measles cases in the first seven months of 2008 grew at the fastest rate in more than a decade.

October, 2008 — The first national survey of Americans’ attitudes towards autism reveals that nearly one in four people (24 percent) feel that because vaccines may cause autism, it is safer not to vaccinate children. Another 19 percent are not sure.

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