Racism, Contagion, and the Dangers We Pose to One Another

In her book “On Immunity: An Inoculation,” from 2014, the essayist Eula Biss examines the varying, complex reasons that many Americans—and people all over the world—distrust vaccines. Biss charts the ways that we have been taught to think about inoculation, as well as the language we use to describe it. She connects the fears that we have about vaccines to larger concerns about the environment and government, and she gives a hearing to the parents who refuse to believe that their children’s health could affect the health of other children. ….[READ]