Vaccines are a touchy subject. For some, vaccine mandates symbolize government overreach and prompt anxiety and avoidance, according to Heidi Larson. Add in cultural and religious complexities, and the potential of vaccine programs is limited.
Amazing progress has occurred regardless, but amplified by the Internet and meme culture, vaccine skepticism is going from niche to mainstream, shape-shifting according to regional political dynamics.
Take the Dengvaxia panic: why did the Philippines nix the drug, while Brazil chose not to suspend it? For vaccine programs to reach their full potential, such underlying political dynamics behind vaccine fears must be addressed, Larson writes.