The Anti-Vaccination Legacy: Infectious Diseases Return

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Summary: An anti-vaccination movement is now resulting in deadly diseases returning in record number.Vaccination, which is a shining triumph of public health, has kept deadly diseases like polio, diphtheria, small pox, Whopping cough, Rubella, and measles off the health radar. Those days are over, according to Dr. Paul Offit, MD, author of Do You Believe In Magic? According to Offit, these diseases are returning in record number. Popular belief in the debunked and fraudulent vaccine-autism connection has compelled otherwise rational Americans to stop vaccinating their children, with opt-out rates as high as 90% in some schools. Measles is making a comeback in Wales (UK) and Brooklyn, NY, with accompanying deaths... the legacy of anti-vaccination groups and deniers, led by celebrity advocates like former Playboy model co-host of The View, Jenny McCarthy.