The anti-vaccination movement is now a global crisis, says an international panel of scientists, and everyone has to do more to fight it.
"We are alarmed that this year, WHO [World Health Organization] declared the vaccine hesitation a top-10 international public health problem. This is a man-made, dangerous and completely unnecessary crisis," said Dr. Scott Ratzan.
He is the founder of Journal of Health Communication . He is also the founder of the International Working Group (IWG) on vaccination and public health solutions.
The new Salzburger Declaration on Vaccine Acceptance, released on July 2, has been approved by 60 public health leaders from America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
According to the group, vaccines have prevented hundreds of millions of infectious diseases ̵
But in the United States, outbreaks of measles have recently occurred in hotspots where parents have refused to vaccinate their children.
In response, some US states have responded by closing "personal beliefs" cavities that allowed parents not to immunize a school age.
"The revival of potentially life-threatening diseases such as measles that US disease control centers declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, undermines the integrity of childhood protection, as thousands of dedicated researchers, doctors and public health officials spent a better part of the last century in place," said Lawrence Gostin.
He heads the WHO Cooperation Center for National and Global Health Law, and is also co-director of IWG.
"Parents have the right to make informed decisions about vaccinating their children," Gostin added, "but they have no right to put their children or other children at risk of a serious infectious disease. We need to do a much better job To reach out to vaccine-reluctant parents. "
And the problem is now a global one, the consortium of scientists added in a press release press release. So more needs to be done to combat false information about childhood vaccines spread by anti-waxes.
The experts called on governments and politicians to support laws that restrict mandatory vaccination exemptions and to consider childhood vaccination as an essential service – in line with services such as police, firefighters and public sanitation.
Social media companies and major search engines also need to better monitor the vaccine information they provide to prevent the spread of inaccurate and false claims about vaccine safety, as well as for sexually explicit, violent and threatening messages, the group said.
The Declaration also encouraged lawyer groups, educators and health professionals to work together to correct misleading vaccine information and to provide reliable and accurate information through mass and social media. 19659002] Two doctors on the front line of the problem in the United States agreed that more needs to be done.
T He is new claim "is timely and well-founded," says Dr. Eric Cioe-Pena, Managing Global Health at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, New York. "It is my hope that the larger global community will act with the medical and public health leaders in this statement," he said.
Dr. Edward Chapnick is head of infectious diseases at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City. He called the new statement "immensely important in 2019 when the United States faces its worst measles outbreak in this century."
According to Chapnick, it may be impossible to eradicate misinformation on the Internet completely [but] certainly take steps to ensure that medically sound information from established and respected sources is the default setting in all search engines. "
For their part, the IWG intends to" stop a stable drumming of accurate vaccine communication until the traditional public consensus in support of childhood immunization is restored, "Ratzan said in the press release.