Anti-vaccination ‘movements’ have been developing throughout the world since 1998, when Andrew Wakefield released falsified research in medical journal The Lancet. The now disgraced doctor claimed there was a link between the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine and developmental disorder Autism. His research is since discredited, as studies have disproven the purported link between autism and vaccination. However, some people refuse to accept this, and as a result, deadly diseases are making their way back into the world.
Which diseases were eradicated by vaccines?
Doctor Charlre Slaughter-Atiemo, a paediatrician based in Maryland, explained which deadly diseases are making a comeback.
She told Express.co.uk: “There are more than two dozen vaccines that can prevent life-threatening illnesses.
“As a result of vaccines, 10 diseases are completely or mostly eradicated in the US.
“These include Smallpox, Polio, Tetanus, Rabies, Yellow Fever, Measles, Mumps, Pertussis (Whooping cough), Rinderpest (infects cattle) and Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib).”
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“The incidence of these diseases has been rising in recent years, even in the US with a high standard of living and universal access to vaccines.
“Recent outbreaks are the result of nonimmunization and underimmunization of vaccine-preventable diseases.
“In addition, when these individuals are the most susceptible to bringing these diseases back to the US when they travel to other high-risk countries.
“The most common diseases that are now making a comeback are Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Pertussis (Whooping cough), and Polio.
“Influenza, Measles, Hepatitis and Yellow Fever are among the most common life-threatening viruses that are vaccine preventable.”
Doctor Slaughter-Atiemo said parents are rejecting vaccines for the wrong reasons, but healthcare providers must be prepared to understand their concerns.
She said: “Parental refusal of vaccines is a growing concern for many physicians and healthcare providers.
“The main reason parents usually refuse or delay vaccinations is for religious beliefs, personal beliefs, philosophical reasons and safety concerns.
“Safety concern is the fastest growing category for vaccine hesitancy.”
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“Most of these concerns stem from information parents receive from various media sources (television, radio, the internet) or from family, friends and acquaintances.
“Unfortunately a lot of information acquired from these sources is false. All of this information can be overwhelming for parents, and thus makes it difficult for them to make an informed decision.
“It’s important to remember that parents who refuse or delay vaccines care about their children and want to do what they can to protect them and keep them safe.
“Pediatricians and healthcare providers must understand the concerns of parents and be open to educating and providing parents with the necessary information they need to make an informed responsible decision.”