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Why are some people so reluctant to have their children vaccinated?

As a new book explains, some wrongly fear that vaccination programmes serve only the interests of big pharma

By Manjit Kumar   August 2017

Immunization: How Vaccines Became Controversial by Stuart Blume (Reaktion, £25)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that immunisation prevents between two and three million deaths a year. In his thought-provoking book, Stuart Blume, a science historian at the University of Amsterdam, carefully explains how exactly vaccines protect the human body, before going on to explore the worrying phenomenon that has come to be dubbed “vaccine hesitancy”—the reluctance of some parents to have their children vaccinated.

In the past public institutions developed vaccines but now private companies do it for profit. The cost…

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