Measles, Politics and the Erosion of Trust

Vaccination, writes Masha Gessen, is a basic political issue because its success hinges on community agreement—and vaccine refusal is a political act.
 
Most US anti-vaxxers are educated, so why do they flout evidence-based recommendations of the government and health workers? Because they’ve lost trust in the US health system, Gessen argues. “The American health-care system is ill-suited to protect public health, because a profit-driven industry cannot serve as the guardian of public good.” The solution, she says, doesn’t lie in better vaccine messaging—the politics of health care need to be transformed.
 
The Quote: “Measles is a quintessential political issue of the late two-thousand-teens, one that turns on the conflict between facts and lies.”
 
The New Yorker (commentary)

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