New Yorker contributor Michael Specter is one of many to raise a sound of alarm about the growing anti-vaccine movement in the US. Vaccines are extraordinary simple and powerful public health tools - medicine is complicated, vaccines are one of the few relatively simple available solutions. But doctors are too often acquiescing to misinformed parents who want to delay or avoid vaccines.
But the medical profession’s widespread surrender on vaccines is deeply troubling. And it all but guarantees that preventable illnesses will continue to harm people and put children’s lives in danger. An Internet connection doesn’t make us all experts, and it doesn’t make it easier to distinguish between useful data and lies. That’s why trained physicians and nurses are more essential today than they have ever been. Unfortunately, that is not a truth universally acknowledged—even by doctors.