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The anti-vax phenomenon
  1. Martin Whitehead,
  2. Niall Taylor,
  3. Alex Gough,
  4. Danny Chambers,
  5. Mike Jessop and
  6. Phil Hyde
  1. The Campaign for Rational Veterinary Medicine, c/o Chipping Norton Veterinary Hospital, Banbury Road, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5SY
  1. email: martincnvets{at}

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Following Josh Loeb’s editorial ‘Don’t let the anti-vaxers win’ (VR, 25 May 2019, vol 184, p 629), we provide further information on the ‘anti-vax’ phenomenon.

The World Health Organization (WHO) considers vaccine hesitancy to be one of the top 10 risks to global public health.1 Vaccine hesitancy or refusal refers to people delaying, or not getting, recommended vaccines for various reasons, including complacency, not understanding the disease risks, not knowing vaccines are available, fear of needles, inconvenience and cost.

Most people who do not get vaccinations for …

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