Goal 3: Good Health & Well-being
How Might We...
reduce vaccine hesitancy in society?
The declining rates of vaccinations have been a rising issue over the past few years; it has even become part of the World Health Organization’s ten threats to global health.
Health challenges and other problems, including diminishing herd immunity and outbreaks of diseases like measles, have the ability to affect entire populations of people. It’s common to put all of the blame for this issue on the anti-vaxxer movement; however, that only represents a small percentage of those skipping vaccinations. Vaccine hesitant is a new label that represents those who are unsure of the safety or need for vaccines, or those who are unable to receive vaccination. Those who are vaccine hesitant represent a larger percentage of the population than anti-vaxxers and can be persuaded to vaccinate their children if properly educated and aided.
Vaccination hesitancy is an interesting topic. Having studied the issue, I feel there are aspects to it that are often overlooked due to other, louder factors. By addressing these overlooked aspects, I hope to shed some light on the quieter, far more reaching issues associated with vaccination hesitancy.