In Ohio, there has been a disturbing rise this year in illnesses like measles that were once thought to have been defeated by vaccination programs. The Daily Show had a good segment about the dangers that the anti-vaccination movement is posing to all of us.
The show seemed to imply that the crazies in this case come from the well-off, educated, and liberal end of the socio-economic spectrum but Kevin Drum points out that this is not the case and that the anti-vaxxers are all over the map politically.
But whatever their other views, the certainty with which these anti-vaxxers seem to believe in their cause, and their dismissal of the scientific consensus in favor of vaccinations, is quite frightening. Nothing will change their minds, it would seem, except the outbreak of a major epidemic or an illness striking their own children.
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