Anti-vax movement among top 10 global health threats for 2019, World Health Organization says – CBS News

The anti-vaccination movement made the list of the World Health Organization’s top threats to global health in 2019. The organization said some people’s reluctance or refusal to vaccinate threatens to reverse progress made against a host of preventable diseases. “Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease — it currently prevents 2-3 million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved,” WHO said in a statement. The effects of what WHO called “vaccine hesitancy” are already significant. For example, cases of measles have surged 30 percent worldwide in recent ...

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