Vaccination: disproving common misconceptions

Vaccination misconceptions
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Vaccination is now our most effective weapon against infectious disease: every year, it allows us to contain large-scale epidemics, and therefore avoid millions of deaths. Nevertheless, it is mistrusted by certain groups of people who are increasingly resistant to the idea of vaccination. The reason is their fear of harmful side effects based on many persistent misconceptions and heavily ingrained clichés.

This trend is far from harmless triviality; it is a matter for concern and could even result in the reappearance of infectious diseases in regions where compulsory vaccination had eradicated them. Healthcare stakeholders and physicians are now engaged in a series of public awareness and educational initiatives to halt this worrying trend. As part of this general effort, the WHO has published an article on its website designed to dispel the key misconceptions perpetuated by those skeptical about vaccination.

The potential dangers, ineffectiveness or even unsuitability of vaccines are all addressed. For example, the widely held belief that “The majority of people who get disease have been vaccinated” is countered using the example of a measles vaccination campaign among 1,000 high school students: “100% of the children who had not been vaccinated got measles, compared with less than 1% of those who had been vaccinated”.

Clear proof that vaccination is more essential than ever in protecting the most exposed in society, and therefore improving living conditions for population groups right around the world.

 

read the article on WHO website
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