The UN vaccination campaign in India has been met with fierce resistance as parents and even some schools opposed the idea of vaccinating children. The health officials believe rumors circulating on social media are to blame.
Thousands of children in India have missed out on the necessary immunization, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) complained. In the Indian capital of New Delhi, the UN-backed campaign to vaccinate students as schools was met with opposition by parents, who were scared of potential adverse effects of inoculation.
— RT (@RT_com) March 3, 2019
Dozens of schools in the western Indian city of Mumbai refused to allow health officials to carry out vaccinations against measles and rubella over the recent months, according to the Wall Street Journal. Such a reaction could seem surprising in the light of the fact that it is India where about one third of all deaths from measles in the world were registered in early 2010s, according to the World Health Organization.
“Every one in three children, who contract measles, lives in India. In 2017, we had 12,000 cases of measles,” Gagan Gupta, a UNICEF Health Specialist, told RT.
The likely culprit behind the recent surge of anti-vaccination sentiments in India is the rapid spread of misleading information and anti-vaccination propaganda through the social media, which gripped the nation following a boom in the internet usage that took place over the recent years.'
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