Mark Largent. "Vaccine Anxieties: The Modern American Vaccine Debate"

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Location: 319 DeBartolo Hall

Mark Largent
James Madison College, Michigan State University

Abstract:
Nearly 40% of American parents have refused or delayed at least one routine vaccination for their children. Parents commonly cite concerns that vaccines might cause autism, but scientists and physicians have stridently rejected any connection. The vaccine-autism debate is a proxy debate, and behind it looms a number of serious and sometimes intractable problems with the modern vaccination schedule. This talk will describe the emergence of the modern American vaccine debate and uncover some of the concerns that animate parents' anxieties about vaccines.

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