Childhood

There are still massive inequalities in child survival and health access ... in some countries only 16% of children are reached with vaccines - Jasmine Whitbread

Childhood

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Not Vaccinating Children Is the Greater Risk

After more than 50 years as a medical and science writer, I’m pained to see that childhood immunizations, perhaps the most important health and lifesaving advance of the last century, are being seriously eroded by misinformation and scaremongering.

The result has been a resurgence in outbreaks of preventable diseases that, in earlier generations, robbed children like me of many weeks of school, left long-lasting physical and emotional scars and, in some cases, ended their lives.

Parents who probably never saw a single case of any of these diseases have chosen to “opt out” of protecting their offspring with vaccines strongly recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics…

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