Look, I get that nostalgia is big right now.
We’ve got more 19th century beards, vinyl records, backyard gardens, and banjo music in the United States than at any other time in probably the past 50 years.
It’s a throwback to those halcyon days of previous generations.
But do you know what I’m not nostalgic for?
Like not in the least.
I’d be just fine without a new revival of one of the world’s most infectious diseases.
Or any other disease, for that matter, preventable by a readily available vaccine.
Of course, nostalgia, like the decision not to vaccinate one’s children, tends to be primarily an indulgence of the white and wealthy. Parents who refuse vaccines tend to be in both of those demographics. Any time a trend like this, with such clear and dire public health consequences, skews white and wealthy, then we must acknowledge that it’s…
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