Vaccination: science versus belief

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A disease that has been eradicated for several years, measles, is creating a public health problem in the United States. Indeed, New York City has ordered vaccination against a recent measles outbreak since 700 cases were reported in a matter of weeks. The sharing of wrong facts, fake news and disinformation are said to be at the center of this most recent epidemic. A look at one of WHO's greatest enemies: mistrust of vaccines.
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A disease that has been eradicated for several years, measles, is creating a public health problem in the United States. Indeed, New York City has ordered vaccination against a recent measles outbreak since 700 cases were reported in a matter of weeks. The sharing of wrong facts, fake news and disinformation are said to be at the center of this most recent epidemic.

"This is all the more important as measles cases have increased by 50 % in 2018 and that the United States is currently struck by the worst epidemic since 2000. The first factor involved is the drop in vaccination. "

Source: News, April 25, 2019

“The World Health Organization has also established that the anti-vaccine movement is one of the ten greatest risks to global health in 2019. The resurgence of measles in New York, and in several other regions of the world, like Europe, would be in particular attributable to the rise of these groups, estimate the experts. "

Source: La Presse, April 11, 2019

In Canada, about thirty cases have been identified since the beginning of 2019. The authorities therefore reiterate the importance of the measles vaccination and are working to strengthen public communications in order to counter the false news that invades social networks . 

Although 90% of two-year-old children have been vaccinated (according to a 2017 census), this figure remains worrying for the authorities who are instead targeting the 95% to reduce the risks to a maximum.

“Since the majority of people get their children vaccinated, what's the problem with having people who refuse? For extremely contagious diseases like measles, the protective barrier that allows the vaccination of a sufficient number of people (estimated at 95 % to be more or less tight) weakens, which allows the virus to spread. "

Source: News, April 12, 2019

And why do 10% of Canadians continue to deny immunization to their children? Misinformation would be the key element and the most striking example is the one which, more than twenty years ago, would cause panic all over the planet by claiming that the measles vaccine caused autism. Indeed, Andrew Wakefield, backed by anti-vaccine groups, published an article that was to be one of the biggest scientific frauds to date. Although the research of this doctor had been discredited on all sides by science, the damage was already done. Even today, anti-vaccine campaigners are using this study to prove their point, and many parents fear getting their children vaccinated.

Your challenge

Several “memes”, for better or for worse, have been created and posted on Instagram under the hashtag #thetruthaboutvaccines. What do you think of this phenomenon?

Now create your own "meme" which this time references the benefits of vaccination, while adding a touch of humor if you wish.

 

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