‘Worry is contagious’: the vaccine-hesitant parents putting children at risk


More than committed anti-vaxxers, parents who are unsure about vaccination are one of the top 10 threats to global health this year. What’s behind this crisis of confidence?

My son had his first vaccination within hours of entering the world. In the London borough where he was born eight years ago, tuberculosis rates ran high. When a nurse appeared at my hospital bed bearing the BCG vaccine, I offered my red and roaring baby without a moment’s hesitation.

Since then, he and his sister have had every inoculation going. I proffer them up, willingly and gratefully, to each needle and nasal spray, unwavering in my belief in the scientific consensus that they are safe, effective and essential public health tools.

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