Vaccines and Anti-Vaxxers, the Challenge of Transparent Communication: Science Versus Skepticism, Fear and Financial Speculation [open pdf - 0B]
From the Introduction: "In the history of public health, drinking water and vaccines are recognized as two great contributions toward for disease prevention for humanity. Without a doubt, vaccination considerably reduces morbidity, disability, mortality and inequality around the world, reducing poverty and closing gaps in social inequality. However, some skeptics, with no scientific basis, have become part of an anti-vaccine movement. [...] The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified anti-vaccine movements as a threat to the progress attained to date in fighting preventable diseases. Despite the scientific evidence that proves the efficacy and need for vaccines, the anti-vaccine movement has attracted great attention by promoting unfounded theories that some people find credible. For these followers and others, fear of mortal diseases has been replaced by fear of vaccines' secondary effects and the mistrust inspired by vaccination conspiracy theories. In fact, in a recent communication, the WHO and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned of an alarming decline in vaccine use and the corresponding negative impact on public health."
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