According to the World Health Organization’s latest annual list of “global health threats,” anti-vaxxers – people whose fears about the safety of vaccines have made them hesitant to allow their children to be vaccinated – pose as much risk to world health as the Ebola virus, air pollution, climate change, HIV and superbugs, among others. The WHO’s position is that “vaccine hesitancy” – a delay or refusal to accept vaccines – is threatening a global resurgence in vaccine-preventable diseases.
The WHO claims that vaccines prevent upwards of three million deaths each year, but that 50 percent more lives could be spared if everyone, everywhere agreed to accept every mandated vaccine. They claim that the recent resurgence in measles outbreaks is an example of how a reduction in the number of people vaccinated can cause an increase in occurrences of a disease.
But is the WHO accurate in its claims? Are…
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