Letter to the Editor

Scratching the Surface of the Antivaccination Phenomenon

Authors: Faysal Alhasan, MD, Leen Makki, MD, Steven Lippmann, MD

Abstract

To the Editor: Refusals and doubt about vaccine safety and/or effectiveness is not a recent problem. It has been present since the advent of smallpox vaccinations in the 18th century.1

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