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Varying vaccine trust leaves populations vulnerable, global study finds

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By Kate Kelland

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There would be more confidence in vaccines if drug companies and governments would be more transparent and honest about what's in them and adverse side effects. Both have been known to lie and falsify data. They expect the general public to simply believe claims that they are 'safe'. Yet, they themselves would never buy a product or pay for a service simply on the claim of the supplier that 'It's good!' They would do their due diligence to the nth degree. So why shouldn't we?

Also, victims of side effects have had difficulty getting awarded compensation.

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There would be more confidence in vaccines if drug companies and governments would be more transparent and honest about what's in them and adverse side effects. Both have been known to lie and falsify data.

Not sure what specifically you're referring to there - perhaps you're willing to provide some truthful examples.

On the other side of the argument, the real side, there is a serious problem with people who readily believe nonsense over fact. And just as importantly, since you mentioned lying and falsification of data, the person who has given the largest boost in the postwar era to the antivaccine movement, Andrew Wakefield, did so by entirely by lying and falsifying data.

It's almost impossible to overstate the harm he has caused: it has played out in lower vaccine uptake, disease epidemics, and for some of the people infected, damage and death. The financial cost alone of handling these unnecessary outbreaks is staggering.

And in the process of attempting to take down the MMR vaccine, which does work, Wakefield hasn't contributed anything positive; nothing to the understanding of autism, nothing to treatment or prevention of measles, mumps, and rubella, nothing to vaccine safety. He hasn't improved anyone's life in any way. Persuading people not to vaccinate their children is doing the opposite.

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This is a case where children have to pay the price for ignorance of their parents, at least in countries where vaccinations are readily available.

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