Rather than playing into anti-vaxxers' hands, let's try a little humility

Admitting vaccinology is an imperfect science is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. Think of it as an inoculation against ignorance

Around the world, vaccines are in retreat, shunned by populations who, for the most part, have never been exposed to the diseases that blighted or shortened the lives of their grandparents’ generation.


But with the possible exception of quinine – for centuries the only treatment for malaria – and antibiotics, vaccines have saved more lives than any other intervention in medical history.

This growing vaccine hesitancy is not confined to a particular religious or ethnic group or bounded by ideology, class or economic circumstance.

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