International Working Group Issues Statement Calling Vaccine Hesitancy ‘Man-Made,’ Urging Social Media Companies, Others To Address Misinformation

Becker’s Hospital Review: Global health experts urge Google, Facebook to crack down on spread of vaccine misinformation
“Members of the International Working Group on Vaccination and Public Health Solutions issued a statement July 2 in which they called on search engines, social media platforms, governments, and educators to prevent the dissemination of inaccurate information about childhood vaccination…” (Park, 7/2).

HealthDay News: Anti-Vaccine Movement a ‘Man-Made’ Health Crisis, Scientists Warn
“…The new Salzburg Statement on Vaccine Acceptance, published July 2 [in the Journal of Health Communication], has been endorsed by 60 leaders in public health from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia…” (Preidt, 7/2).

UPI: Scientists call on social media companies to provide better vaccine information
“… ‘We are alarmed that the WHO this year declared vaccine hesitancy a top-ten international public health problem. This is a man-made, dangerous, and wholly unnecessary crisis,’ Scott Ratzan, founding editor of the Journal of Health Communication and [statement] author, said in a news release. According to the statement, vaccines have helped to save up to 3 million lives by preventing diseases such as hepatitis B, meningitis, measles, and polio. Additionally, researchers say that every dollar spent on vaccination brings back $44 in public good…” (Dyson, 7/2).