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‘Vaccine Hesitancy’ Threatens Lives Of Children, Presents Challenges To Health Workers

New York Times: Children Die Because People Are Wrongly Afraid of Vaccines
Editorial Board

“Of all the threats to human life confronted by international health workers, few cause as heavy a toll as what is termed ‘vaccine hesitancy’ — the delay or refusal by misinformed people to accept vaccination for themselves and their children. … This problem is only compounded by the challenge workers face in convincing skeptical publics to put aside what science shows are local myths and dangerous indifference. … [Each reason for vaccine objection] only compounds the subtle challenges of enforcement and education that health care workers and governments have no choice but to pursue, since the lives of millions of children remain at risk” (8/20).

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