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The Vaccine Confidence Project [to 19 August 2017]
Separating Vaccination Fact From Fiction
Heidi Larson | 6 Aug, 2017
Remember the H1N1 “swine flu” that was rampant in 2009? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated the global death toll from that pandemic to be more than 284,000. There’s also the influenza pandemic of 1918, which killed at least 50 million people—more than World War I.
The flu vaccine is the most effective way to combat the disease—yet, in many Western countries, rates of vaccination (and not just for the flu) have actually fallen in the past decade.
Why are some people afraid of vaccination when it’s been proven to save lives?…