The anti-vaccine movement is a risk to health, according to the WHO

The WHO and the anti-vaccines movement

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has presented your report on the state of European health in 2018, placing the insufficient child vaccination , caused in large part by those parents who refuse to immunize their children, as one of the main risks that threaten the health and well-being of Europeans.

The truth is that it would not be the first time that the WHO warns about the dangers of not vaccinating children. Some time ago, in the month of April 2018, posted a note on its website in which he answered different questions related to immunization and the safety of vaccines, analyzing in turn some of the most controversial myths about them.

At that time, the entity was defending the risk of not vaccinating children , so that through immunization many lives are saved . On this occasion, again, WHO has done it again. In the aforementioned report, it is worth noting that in Europe all causes of mortality have been reduced (25% in 15 years on average), thus translating into an increase in life expectancy (up to 77.9 years of age).

However, "these improvements can be slowed down or reversed if measures are not taken to address structural problems such as inequality and phenomena such as the non-vaccination of children".

To give just one example, he states that "despite the high coverage of general vaccination for diseases such as measles, some immunity gaps in the population continue to persist, resulting in a continuing endemic and national outbreaks in some Member States".

And, again, it has an impact on its conclusions presented a few weeks ago, in which it denounced the growth of anti-vaccinal movements (with the evident risk to health that this entails), as well as access to immunizations due to deficiencies in certain systems. of health, as would be the case in Romania. The WHO, in turn, regrets that "there is a lot of misinformation" in some countries, where some parents believe "discredited reports" in which it is stated that some vaccines cause autism.

In this case the organization is clear: despite having warned many times about the dangers of not vaccinating, it is still necessary to continue doing so, since "despite all the information that exists in this regard, many people still refuse to vaccinate their children ».

A) Yes, The World Health Organization has placed the lack of child vaccination among the greatest health risks for Europeans , along with other bad habits and bad for health, such as the case of overweight and obesity, and the consumption of alcohol and tobacco.

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