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Churchill: The reason anti-vaxxers aren't easy to persuade

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16.05.2019

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ALBANY — There aren't many rallies where you would find a protestor holding an "In God We Trust" sign standing next to another with a "My Body My Choice" placard.

But so it was at the "anti-vaxxer" rally Tuesday at the Capitol, where the crowd was equal parts crunchy progressive and religious conservative; the loudspeakers blasting both "Get Up Stand Up" and "God Bless the USA." Certainly, the vaccine debate challenges our ideological assumptions and our usual political divides.

Before we continue, I should say that I consider vaccines to be one of civilization's great advancements, and the debate about them only proves how privileged we are. Vaccines are victims of their own success. They have been so good at eliminating the terrifying diseases of the past that we no longer remember the terror.

And thank God for that.

Yet even amidst a measles outbreak that was completely preventable, I won't heap the usual scorn on the anti-vaxxers. In part, that's because I know quite a few parents who could be described as at least vaccine skeptical, and they are everyday, run-of-the-mill people who love their children. I wouldn't describe them as unusually selfish or anti-science, but they are fearful.

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