The ‘New’ Anti-Vaccination Movement

Most people nowadays think that the anti-vaccination movement started with Jenny McCarthy in the 1990s

But they’re wrong. So, so, WRONG.

Vaccines have been a subject of conflict since their inception. Here are a few examples of historical protests against vaccination, especially where it was becoming compulsory (read – MANDATORY).

1807 – From an anti-vaccination flyer:



1853-1889; Leicester, England


1885; Montreal, Quebec, Canada


1894 – from another anti-vaccination flyer:



The Anti-Compulsory Vaccination League launched in London in 1867. This image is from the front page o a publication from 1916 out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:



1919; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Fonds 1244, Item 2517


In 1926, a group of health officers visited Georgetown, Delaware, to vaccinate the townspeople. A retired Army lieutenant and a city councilman led an armed mob to force them out, successfully preventing the vaccination attempt.


1986; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Centers for Disease Control


In the spring of 1986, NVIC co-founder Kathi Williams and [Barbara Loe Fisher] gathered with a small group of parents in Atlanta, Georgia to hold the first public demonstration demanding that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) be truthful with the American public about vaccine injuries and deaths. [They] held up signs with photos of children who had died or been brain injured by toxic whole cell DPT vaccine to witness and honor them, the children who had no voice and had no choice.


Instead of breaking it down and re-citing everything on the following page, I’ll just link it here:

History of Anti-Vaccination Movements


There are many, many more out there. Does this mean the anti-vaccination movement is right? Does it mean it’s wrong? Nope. It just means it’s NOT NEW.