One in five Americans self-identify as anti-vaxxers, or people who disagree with the use of vaccines, a new study suggests.
Researchers from Texas A&M University found that eight percent of Americans actively socially identify as an anti-vaxxer, while 14 percent of Americans identify with the beliefs of anti-vaxxers.
Those who self identify as an anti-vaxxer are more likely to have stronger beliefs in their anti-vaxx stances than people who do not identify with the team, but hold some beliefs associated with it.
The team fears that the large amount on anti-vaxxers in America makes public health messaging a challenge, and the fact that many even identify with the usually-stigmatized label is a worrying discovery.
The data reflects…