A study, published by the Wellcome Trust, has shown that people in high-income regions are less confident about the effectiveness of vaccines than those in low-income regions.
The report’s analysis included responses from more than 140,000 people in over 140 countries.
In outlining its case, the report states that:
“However, over the past decade or so, an increasing number of studies have documented a rising number of people in both high-income and low-income countries who seem to be losing confidence in some vaccines, to the point of choosing not to vaccinate their children. According to organisations such as the WHO and UNICEF, gains in the world’s fight against vaccine-preventable diseases are at risk.”
Dr Ann Lindstrand, expert in immunisation at the World Health Organisation (WHO), spoke on the subject saying:
“Vaccine hesitancy has the potential, at least in some places, to really hinder the very real progress the world has made in controlling vaccine-preventable diseases,” she said.
“Any resurgence we see in these diseases are an unacceptable step backwards.”
Read more from the report here.