The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) had a fascinating podcast that was done earlier this year that describes not just what the anti-vaccine movement is all about, but it’s overall underpinnings. Among them are environmentalist influences which include overlap with animal rights groups. U.C. Berkeley’s Dr. Elena Conis was among the historians interviewed in which she notes the backlash against the measles vaccine helped lay the groundwork for today’s opposition to immunization that intertwined with the Woodstock years.
Running time is almost 30 minutes and you can listen to the podcast here. The New York Times also published a very good article last year about how the backlash against vaccines got started in the United States as well.
PHOTO CREDIT: A cartoon from a December 1894 anti-vaccination publication