Because of Anti-Vaxxers, 37 People in Europe Have Died of Measles This Year

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[Note: I would provide a link to this article from The Economist, as I have a subscription, but you would immediately run into a paywall. The story is in the February 2-February 8, 2019 issue, on pages 68-69, in the article titled "Better Late Than Never: A Newly Revived Vaccine May Deal a Death Blow to Typhoid Fever".]
You could try providing the link anyway, and see if it would work in an incognito window.
 
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Avnika Amin and Saad Omer of Emory University (and their colleagues) identify some of the fundamental motivations behind 1) vaccine hesitancy, defined as parents being concerned about vaccinating their kids according to recommended schedules (something 75 percent of pediatricians say they’ve experienced); and 2) outright vaccine refusal, which is fortunately less common and tends to be limited to communities where people share common beliefs. Vaccine-hesitant parents frequently say they worry about putting something foreign into their children’s bodies, so young and pure. They talk about not wanting to put something unnatural into their pure children’s bodies. They worry that vaccines may contain “poisons” and “toxins” and “contaminants”, like thimerosal. That is the semantic expression of the purity/degradation moral value.

People’s Fears About Vaccines Aren’t Just About Vaccines
 
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Avnika Amin and Saad Omer of Emory University (and their colleagues) identify some of the fundamental motivations behind 1) vaccine hesitancy, defined as parents being concerned about vaccinating their kids according to recommended schedules (something 75 percent of pediatricians say they’ve experienced); and 2) outright vaccine refusal, which is fortunately less common and tends to be limited to communities where people share common beliefs. Vaccine-hesitant parents frequently say they worry about putting something foreign into their children’s bodies, so young and pure. They talk about not wanting to put something unnatural into their pure children’s bodies. They worry that vaccines may contain “poisons” and “toxins” and “contaminants”, like thimerosal. That is the semantic expression of the purity/degradation moral value.

People’s Fears About Vaccines Aren’t Just About Vaccines
No, people generally cave in because the schools tell them that they will not be allowed in school. Then remind them that this will trigger truancy laws. They do their best to avoid providing the exemption forms.

What's more, doctors will fight to give the inserts, and will try to give the "fact sheet" which is a sales pitch.

People tend to be trained to "trust the experts" (which is at least generally true), that plays a role. However, the resistance to vaccines would be stronger if people were generally given the sense that it is not mandatory.

Ultimately, the scariest part is the liability protection for the vaccine makers.