It’s hysterical bull, but the pox of anti-vaxxer idiocy persists

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A WORD IN THE HAND: VACCINE

It’s hysterical bull, but the pox of anti-vaxxer idiocy persists

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

“Vaccine” is not a word ​on everyone’s lips in these troubled, trying and disturbing times. Most of us are too scared to even mention this hoped-for salvation from physical illness and financial ruin, just in case it doesn’t come true. 

Vaccines have not always — in fact, hardly ever — been looked forward to with such hope and reverence.

The word “vaccine” entered common English usage in the years after 1796, when English physician Edward Jenner published his notes on the success he’d achieved by injecting people with a relatively harmless strain of cowpox to prevent them contracting smallpox, a virus of similar organic structure that was deadly to humans...

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