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Vaccines: Good For What Ails You?

Elena Conis, Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015), 353 pages. Review by Andrew J. Forney Many people probably purchased Elena Conis’ Vaccine Nation for that special anti-vaxxer in their lives. The book’s publication dovetailed nicely with the growing hue and cry against self-professed anti-vaccination advocate Jenny McCarthy and her ilk. Scientists tied an outbreak of measles among U.S. children during early 2015 to an un-vaccinated child who visited Disneyworld with their family in conjunction with the theme park’s holiday rush. Social media erupted with vitriol towards those that would endanger the health Read more