In recent years some countries are starting to distrust vaccination. The change may seem odd to some but vaccination has been a controversial act since the first vaccines were introduced. In the early days many people were against a measure that seems to be counter-intuitive: exposing someone to sickness in order to boost their immune system.
In our days those that are against vaccination share their belief on social networks. The reasons continue to vary, from religious grounds or political orientation to the mere fact that some people are caught in a web of misinformation.
Many people disagree with the policy of mandatory vaccination that is imposed in some countries. Populist politicians will harness these fears in order to push their own political agenda under the veil of libertarianism.
Some sources claim that this feeling independence is a key part in many of the anti-vaccine initiatives that can be found all over the world. The World Health Organization has ranked vaccine hesitance among the most dangerous threats to global health.
Vaccination is deemed to be one of the most efficient and cost-effective methods of prevention saving the life of at least 2 million people each year.
The modern anti-vaccination movement can be traced back to a controversial article that was published in a well-known British medical journal in 1998. The article inferred a possible link between the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella) and the apparition of autism cases among young children.
Several papers debunked the theory and the journal retracted the article a decade later but the harm continues to persist. Vaccine hesitation is also encouraged by high-profile celebrities that are against the practice.
According to official statistics the number of unvaccinated children under the age of two has increased from 0.9% in 2011 to more than 1.3% 2015. Well-known media companies have announced that they will reduce the amount of unreliable medical contact that is published, a step that may prove to be quite hard to implement.