Vaccines: Are they Worth a Shot?

  • Andrea Grignolio

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 155-181

About this book


The dangerous decline in vaccinations in many developed countries is at the heart of a lively debate that confirms how important the subject is today. Vaccinations are among mankind’s most important scientific discoveries, yet they continue to be viewed with suspicion by part of the public – the victims of disinformation campaigns, instrumentalization and unfounded fears. There is, however, also an evolutionary explanation for these irrational beliefs, and countering the growing social opposition will be extremely difficult without grasping it.

This book, which sheds new light on the safety and importance of vaccinations, is intended both for parents and those readers who want to understand the role of vaccinations in contemporary society, where the ease of access to knowledge is both a great opportunity and a great responsibility. The chapters follow a historical progression and conclude with a discussion of the most recent cognitive theories on how to overcome this opposition to vaccinations.


Vaccination Health education anti-Vaccination movement Infection Prevention Measles vaccine Immune system Immunity Vaccines Infectious Diseases

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrea Grignolio
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  1. 1.Unit and Museum of History of Medicine, Department of Experimental MedicineSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Copernicus, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-68105-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-68106-1
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