Babies and ChildrenAnti-vaccine movement is a health risk, according to WHO

Anti-vaccine movement is a health risk, according to WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just published a report on the state of European health, and warns that the anti-vaccine movement is a “health risk” for Europeans.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has presented its report on the state of European health in 2018, placing  insufficient childhood vaccination, caused largely by those parents who refuse to immunize their children,  as one of the risks main lurking 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 April 2018, he published on his website a note in which he answered various 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 defended the risk of not vaccinating children, so that through immunization many lives are saved. On this occasion, the WHO has done it again. In the aforementioned report, it stands out 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 may be slowed or reversed if measures are not taken to address structural problems such as inequality and phenomena such as non-vaccination of children.”

To take just one example, it states that “despite the high overall vaccination coverage for diseases such as measles, some immunity gaps in the population continue to persist, resulting in continued endemicity and national outbreaks in some Member States.”

And, once again, it once again influences its conclusions presented a few weeks ago, in which it denounced the growth of anti-vaccine movements (with the obvious health risk that this entails), as well as access to immunizations due to deficiencies in certain systems 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 claimed that some vaccines cause autism.

In this case the organization is clear: despite having warned on many occasions 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 today. To vaccinate their children.

Thus, the World Health Organization has placed the lack of childhood vaccination among the greatest risks to the health of Europeans, next to other negative and bad habits for health, such as overweight and obesity, and the consumption of alcohol and tobacco.

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