Lancet editorial: Looking beyond the Decade of Vaccines

17 November, 2018

This new Lancet editorial says 'evidence indicates that hesitancy due to lack of awareness or knowledge is decreasing and is now substantially surpassed by concerns about the risk versus benefit of vaccination'.

But one might ask - how can these be differentiated? An objective view of risk versus benefit is surely based on awareness and knowledge? One cannot have one without the other. Indeed, accurate understanding of risk versus benefit requires a particularly high level of knowledge that is the exception rather than the rule - and we know all too well that such understanding is massively distorted by misinformation.

Editorial - Lancet 2018; Volume 392, issue 10160, p2139, November 17, 2018


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