Collaborative Effort Vital To Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health: Vaccine hesitancy: a generation at risk
Editorial Board

“…Pediatricians and family doctors have a key role in helping parents appreciate the benefits of vaccination; physicians’ advice has been shown to be the most important predictor of vaccine acceptance. … [However, vaccine] hesitancy cannot be addressed by pediatricians alone: governments and health policymakers also play an essential role in promoting vaccination, educating the general public, and implementing policies that reduce the public health risks associated with vaccine hesitancy. … Media platforms (including social media) have been enormously influential in the spread of vaccine hesitancy. … In response, Facebook announced that groups and pages that share anti-vaccine misinformation would be removed from its recommendation algorithm. Such partnerships are crucial for allowing widespread promotion of evidence-based information explaining the benefits of vaccination. Vaccine hesitancy is threatening the historical achievements made in reducing the burden of infectious diseases, which have plagued humanity for centuries. Only a collaborative effort between pediatricians, family doctors, parents, public health officials, governments, the technology sector, and civil society will allow myths and misinformation around vaccination to be dispelled. If we fail, the future health of unvaccinated children and their communities will suffer greatly” (5/1).

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