DISCUSS THE AVM WITH RESPECT TO ITS BELIEFS, AS WELL AS THE IMPACT THAT THIS MOVEMENT HAS HAD ON THE EPIDEMIOLOGY OF THESE INCREASING DISEASES
The anti-vaccination movement (AVM) is at least two-pronged: one prong denies a causal connection between vaccines and the eradication or significant reduction of diseases like smallpox, polio, measles, and rubella; the other prong perceives vaccines as causing diseases, e.g., it claims that the MMR (mumps-measles-rubella) vaccine causes autism. Either way, the AVM proponents oppose vaccination against disease. Much of this movement’s assertions are not rooted in “good science”, but rather are based on isolated, and in some cases, fabricated date. Recently, we have seen an increase in the number of diseases usually controlled by vaccination such as Whooping Cough and Measles. This is due, in part, to the use of weaker vaccines (a reaction to AVM) but the number of cases of these diseases have risen to nearly epidemic proportions in some parts of the world. Discuss the AVM with respect to its beliefs, as well as the impact that this movement has had on the epidemiology of these increasing diseases, (Minimum length of paper 300 words)
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