In its latest update, the World Health Organisation (WHO) highlighted the top ten threats to global health in 2019. Every year the international health agency releases the list of health diseases to aware every person in order to take necessary precautions. However, this year WHO raises a different health topic which is becoming more prevalent and affecting the humanity adversely. “Vaccine hesitancy” was the subject which WHO underlined to warn the world about its aftereffects.
“The reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines… threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases,” the WHO quoted.
The WHO has come up with its statement about the threats of vaccine hesitancy after it noticed a high increment in the vaccine-preventable diseases. In Europe and the US, there is a significant increase in the diseases which could easily be treated with proper vaccination. Measles patients increased from 24,000 in 2017 to 60,000 in 2018. Due to this, the international agency informed that all such cases have surged post the refusal to go for the necessary vaccination in the various corners of the world.
“It is unimaginable that we have deaths because of measles – children dying because of measles. We promised that by 2020 Europe would be measles-free,” the European Union’s health commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis, lamented to The Guardian.
“The four categories are religious reasons, personal beliefs or philosophical reasons, safety concerns, and a desire for more information from healthcare providers,” they wrote. WHO has expressed its intention to aware people about the need to follow a proper vaccination schedule to remain immune to many preventable diseases.