Vaccine hesitancy is one of the world’s top 10 global health threats

10 February, 2019

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Vaccine hesitancy is one of the world’s top 10 global health threats, according to @WHO. @ProfHeidiLarson from The Vaccine Confidence Project based at @LSHTM comments: https://wellc.me/2UeEisP

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In its 2019 new year message, WHO has named vaccine hesitancy as one of the world’s top 10 global health threats...

When you look at the list, vaccine hesitancy is directly related to most of them...

Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease – it currently prevents 2-3 million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved...

The reasons why people choose not to vaccinate are complex; a vaccines advisory group to WHO identified complacency, inconvenience in accessing vaccines, and lack of confidence are key reasons underlying hesitancy. Health workers, especially those in communities, remain the most trusted advisor and influencer of vaccination decisions, and they must be supported to provide trusted, credible information on vaccines...

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Vaccine Confidence Project

'The purpose of the project is to monitor public confidence in immunisation programmes...'

https://www.vaccineconfidence.org/about/

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