[cape_town] - Parents who don't vaccinate kids a huge threat to global health, says WHO

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Cape Town – Parents who opt not to vaccinate their children are one of the 10 biggest threats to global health this year.

So says the World Health Organisation (WHO), which released a list of what it thought would be this year’s biggest health concerns.

The list included HIV, weak primary health care, Ebola and other high-threat pathogens, as well as vaccine hesitancy.

The organisation defined vaccine hesitancy as the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate, despite the availability of vaccines. It added that it threatened to reverse progress made in tackling preventable diseases.

The WHO said: “Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease – it prevents 2 to 3 million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved....

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