History of Vaccines Blog
When I was 4 or 5 years old, in the early 1980s, I contracted chickenpox (also known as varicella). I remember the days that I spent home feeling sick and covered in pocks because my parents decided that it would be a good idea to invite all my cousins to come over and get exposed. The house was soon filled with over a dozen children my age, and I couldn’t join them in playing because I was sick while they were running around, laughing and playing. A few days later, I felt better, but almost all of my cousins went down with the disease.
In what seems to be an offshoot of the Russian interference with the 2016 Presidential Elections in the United States, Russian “trolls” apparently sowed discord in the American public on the issue of vaccinations. A “troll” is a person who behaves online in a way that creates controversy only for the sake of causing trouble. In a study from George Washington University, it was found that Russian trolls used memes and other social media posts to cast doubt on the United States vaccination recommendations.
Memes like this one: