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Closing Immunization Gaps Worldwide Will Require Overcoming ‘Vaccine Hesitancy,’ WHO Says

New York Times: WHO Calls ‘Vaccine Hesitancy’ an Increasing Concern Globally
“The World Health Organization warned Tuesday of what it called the growing problem of ‘vaccine hesitancy,’ when people delay or refuse vaccines for themselves or their children. In a statement on its website, the organization called the problem ‘a growing challenge for countries seeking to close the immunization gap’…” (Gladstone, 8/18).

U.N. News Centre: Changing habits and behaviors is key to overcome vaccine hesitancy — U.N. health agency
“With one in five children still not receiving routine life-saving immunizations, and an estimated 1.5 million dying each year of diseases that could be prevented by vaccines, people who delay or refuse vaccines for themselves or their children are presenting a growing challenge for countries seeking to close the immunization gap, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO)…” (8/18).

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