Editorial: The Anti-Vaccine Movement Gains a Friend in the White House

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at Trump Tower in January.

Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

Vaccine opponents, often the subject of ridicule, have found fresh energy in the election of a president who has repeated discredited claims linking childhood immunizations to autism and who has apparently decided to pursue them. With President Trump’s support, this fringe movement could win official recognition, threatening lives and making it urgent that health officials, educators and others respond with a science-based defense of vaccines.

Vaccines have saved lives by protecting children and adults from diseases like measles, polio, smallpox, cervical cancer and whooping cough. And…

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