Elon University is one of the few universities in the country that is willing to stand up to the anti-vaccination brigade and has been a hotbed for this.
Elon University president Dr. David B. Johnson said in an interview with the New York Times, “I do not think we’re being a bit hyperbolic to say we don’t want to participate in the vaccine debate, we’re just not doing so.”
Dr. Johnson also told the Times that he was not concerned about students protesting his campus, but that he and other university officials are “not going to take any chances” when it comes to preventing student protests.
The university has faced backlash from a number of pro-vaccine students.
Earlier this month, Elon students protested a campus-wide vaccine deferral program and blocked the entrance to the school’s building.
Earlier in the month, an online petition calling for Dr. B.J. Johnson to resign was signed by nearly 100,000 students.
According to the Times, Dr. Ben Carson, a prominent anti-vaxxer, has also expressed support for the protests, tweeting, “This is what happens when people don’t vaccinate.”
While Dr. Carson’s anti-science views may be off-putting to some, it is certainly not uncommon for anti-Vaxxers to rally on college campuses.
Dr. Martin S. Johnson, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, told The Washington Post, “In the United States, we have more vaccine-preventable deaths than cancer deaths.
And, in fact, we don and have had very good public health for decades.”
The anti-prevalence movement has been gaining momentum among students since its beginning in the late 1990s, with a number universities, including the University and the University at Buffalo, joining the anti—vaccine movement.
A study published in The Lancet in October 2018 found that the prevalence of anti-viability sentiment among students in the United Kingdom has skyrocketed in the past decade.
The study found that students across the United Kingdoms were significantly more likely to support the idea of a universal childhood vaccination program, including an increase in support for a vaccine for everyone, which was linked to higher vaccination rates.
This trend has continued in the US, where anti-CDC sentiment is more prevalent than in other countries.
One of the most notable examples of anti—CDC sentiment was highlighted by the University System of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which has come under criticism for having a student “safe space” that is used by students and faculty to discuss vaccine safety.
The “safe spaces” are also used by anti-establishment students to gather and discuss political opinions and social justice.
A number of other college campuses across the country have also been embroiled in anti-anti-vaccines protests, including: The University of Pennsylvania, where students are protesting the use of a vaccine-related photo of President Donald Trump on campus, and also against the use by a school’s social justice office to promote a petition that demanded that the school remove the President’s likeness from its mascot.
The University at Albany, which also had a student-run “safe place” on campus that was used to spread a petition to the president of the University.
University of South Carolina, where a student petition calling on the school to stop its annual graduation ceremony, after a student’s death from a rare coronavirus-related brain tumor, prompted the school and the university president to fire back with a statement that read, “We are proud of the way the campus community responded to this tragic event.”
University of Arizona, where student groups are staging a rally and are also protesting the university’s use of an image of the president, which includes a photo of the Confederate flag, and is being referred to as a “white supremacist” event.
University at Houston, where protests have taken place and the administration has issued a statement on the matter.
University in South Dakota, where there have been a number instances of students and teachers using the hashtag #SaveUs from the Twitter account of a student group that has been protesting the school on campus.
University College London, where the University is under investigation for allegedly allowing anti-feminist speakers to speak on campus and students are calling for a “safe haven” for all students, including those who have experienced sexual assault.
In fact, a survey published in May 2018 by the New America Foundation found that, despite anti-students protests at many universities across the U.S., most Americans do not believe that the anti–vaccine movements are a serious threat.
The survey found that only 17 percent of Americans think that anti-public health movements are “real and growing,” while only 13 percent of respondents think they are “growing in seriousness.”
While it is true that there is a growing movement of anti–vax people, a large percentage of Americans don’t