Anti-Vaccine Campaigners Harm Developing World's Health

Oct 13, 2010
Exec. Prod. of Franchises & Series. He previously reported for HuffPost, L.A. Daily Journal, and Biloxi Sun-Herald.
A vaccine won't do any good if it can't get out of the applicator. (Photo: Reuters Pictures)

Anti-vaccination campaigns have taken root in many parts of the Western world.

Parents have mobilized and politicized, united by a variety of fears about presumed harmful effects of inoculation jabs on their loved ones.

Caution is understandable; parents only want what's best for their kids. But science has largely discredited anti-vaccine fears, and the growing reluctance to vaccinate children may be leading to a resurgence in previously contained diseases such as whooping cough.

New evidence indicates that anti-vaccination bias in industrialized nations is having a disastrous impact on health campaigns in the developing world. The Guardian explains:

In South Africa, concerns about MMR, generated by coverage in the rest of the English-speaking world—including the UK—have led to an unwillingness to receive the vaccine, and there has been an outbreak of nearly 7,000 cases of measles. For children with poor health and limited access to medical services, this decision has been disastrous. There have already been hundreds of deaths.

Click over to The Guardian to see how fears held by the world's relatively elite populations are harming global health campaigns. 

Feature photo: Alvi2047/Creative Commons via Flickr

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