A: Anti-vaxxers are individuals or groups who oppose or refuse vaccinations for themselves or their children. They often cite concerns about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, as well as the belief that vaccines can cause autism or other health problems.
Anti-vaxxers often rely on misinformation and conspiracy theories to support their beliefs, despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary. They may also be influenced by social media and alternative health websites that spread misinformation about vaccines.
The anti-vaccine movement has been linked to a resurgence of preventable diseases such as measles and pertussis, as well as a decline in vaccination rates in certain communities. Public health officials and medical experts warn that anti-vaxxers are putting not only themselves and their children at risk, but also vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.