Vaccine hesitancy has been an ongoing issue that has resurfaced heavily in the news due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. This video explores the history of vaccine hesitancy and mistrust to showcase that this is not a new issue. It discusses where this hesitancy stems from, dating back to the smallpox epidemic in the 1700s when the first formal vaccination was used, all the way to the infamous 1998 paper where a physician claimed that the MMR vaccine could cause autism. It also addresses sources of mistrust in modern day, including misinformation, predatory journals, the exploitation of minority communities and discrimination. Overall, the video evaluates where vaccine hesitancy comes from, addresses the importance of vaccines in the present day and discusses how open communication is the first step to solving these crises.

00:00 Introduction to the Video
00:18 History of Vaccine Hesitancy
00:51 Past Examples of Vaccine Hesitancy
01:43 Reasoning for Hesitancy - Misinformation
03:36 Reasoning for Hesitancy - Exploitation of Minority Communities
05:00 Past Examples of Exploitation of Minority Communities
05:52 The Importance of Getting Vaccinated
06:48 Herd Immunity
07:45 How To Discuss Vaccinations with Others

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