The anti-vaccination movement has been listed as one of this year’s top 10 health threats by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

According to the WHO, vaccinations provide the most cost effective way to avoid disease and currently prevent up to three million deaths a year.

However, some people oppose vaccinations. Apparently, the distrust in vaccinations dates all the way back to the 1700s.

Some people oppose vaccinations for religious reasons, because they don’t believe there is enough evidence supporting the use of vaccinations or they don’t trust the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the vaccines.

Fears about vaccination side effects

There are also people who are concerned about possible side effects.

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One of the most sited reasons for taking an anti-vaccination stance is the fear that it may cause autism.

This idea started after a research paper in 1998 claimed that vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) cause autism in some children. Although the paper was retracted in 2010, the impact it had is still felt with many parents scared to have their young children vaccinated as recommended by the WHO.

How you can help prevent the spread of superbugs

Many health experts say that the choice not to vaccinate children could cause a public health crisis. In fact, several disease outbreaks have been linked to the decline in vaccinations.

So, the question remains yours to answer – do you vaccinate or not?

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