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Anti-Vaccination Movement Threatens Children’s Health, Global Progress Made Against Communicable Diseases

The National: The battle against anti-vaccination propaganda must be won
Editorial Board

“Over recent decades there have been tremendous victories in the war on deadly communicable diseases, such as smallpox, measles, and polio. Yet 222 years after the discovery of the science of immunization, many children around the world are still falling prey to illnesses that, by rights, should no longer exist. … The resurgence of the discredited idea that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination causes autism has led to alarming drops in vaccination rates and corresponding increases in outbreaks of measles, in the U.S. and across Europe. … It is unconscionable that alongside the war on disease, organizations such as [Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance] are obliged to divert precious resources to counter the propaganda of anti-vaxxers and rogue nations. All of us, from parents to governments, have a moral duty to protect children against disease. Those who refuse to protect their families or are willing to put innocent, young lives at risk in their pursuit of power should hang their heads in shame” (12/11).

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