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Vaccine. 2010 Apr 9;28(17):3066-70. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2009.10.042. Epub 2009 Oct 30.

"All manner of ills": The features of serious diseases attributed to vaccination.

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National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Locked Bag 4001, Westmead, NSW 2145, Australia.


Anti-vaccination writings have linked vaccines with a wide range of negative outcomes. The majority of evidence negates such connections raising the question of what makes these attributions attractive. This research identified diseases and conditions which are claimed to have been caused by vaccines and identified their shared societal features. They shared an idiopathic origin; apparent rise in incidence; face-value biological plausibility of a link to vaccines; dreaded outcomes; and their onset having close proximity to immunisation. Any attempt to re-frame erroneous claims about vaccination first requires an identification of the deeper anxieties in which they are located.

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