How is it that known side effects that include serious injury and death are referred to as "unfounded fears?" Vaccine choice is as American as apple pie and as Italian as pasta. From the Independent UK.
How the anti-vaxxers are winning in Italy
Populist coalition government appears to have capitalised on unfounded fears over vaccination side-effects
In 2014, the Global Health Security Agenda had tapped Italy to lead world vaccination strategies.
But just four years later, the country has instead become the testing ground for anti-vaxxers, a movement growing across Europe and the US, and whose ideologies often share space on the political landscape with populist parties.
"Ten obligatory vaccinations are useless and in many cases dangerous, if not harmful,” Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini said, in the run up to the general election in March.