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  • Posted by Harrison Gaiger
  • April 25, 2019
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World Immunisation Week: Combating the rise of the anti-vaccination movement

World Immunisation Week: Combating the rise of the anti-vaccination movement

Harrison Gaiger explores the rise of the anti-vaccination movement to understand what it has meant for global health, and outlines some of the initiatives that are aiming to combat vaccination hesitancy.

This week is World Immunisation Week, a public awareness event celebrated each year in the last week of April. The event aims to raise awareness and encourage people around the world to protect themselves and their families against vaccine-preventable diseases. However, for many people, immunisation programmes remain a highly contentious issue. In this article, I explore the rise of the anti-vaccination movement to understand what it has meant for global health, and outline some of the initiatives that are aiming to combat the dangers it presents.

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