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Vaccine Hesitancy - A Potential Threat to the Achievements of Vaccination Programmes in Africa

Vaccine Hesitancy - A Potential Threat to the Achievements of Vaccination Programmes in Africa

Author: 
Sara Cooper
Cornelia Betsch
Evanson Z. Sambala
Nosicelo Mchiza
Charles S. Wiysonge
Publication Date
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Affiliation: 

Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council (Cooper, Sambala, Mchiza, Wiysonge); University of Cape Town (Cooper, Wiysonge); University of Erfurt (Betsch); Stellenbosch University (Wiysonge)

This commentary opens with the observation that a growing number of people in Africa are delaying or refusing recommended vaccines for themselves or their children, even when safe and effective vaccines are available. However, because most research on vaccine hesitancy has been conducted in high-income countries, not enough is known about the nature and causes of vaccine hesitancy in Africa. Of the few tools to measure vaccine hesitancy, none has been validated in Africa, and evidence-based interventions in the region to address it are limited. This commentary discusses these knowledge gaps and proposes a research and capacity building agenda to enhance and sustain public demand for vaccination in Africa.

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Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics 2018, Vol. 0, No. 0, 1-3 https://doi.org/10.1080/21645515.2018.1460987. Image credit: worldpolicy.org

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