How to beat vaccination fatigue?
Cases of measles increased almost fivefold in 2017. The WHO is raising the alarm and blaming people's refusal to be vaccinated. This refusal poses a major threat to global health, also because diseases that had virtually been eradicated are on the rise again. Journalists echo the warning.
Strict rules for hospitals
The numbers speak for themselves, the Kurier notes:
“People who play down the measles arguing that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger don't know or don't want to know the facts: In the EU, in 2017 alone 37 people died of measles (worldwide it was 160,000). One in five cases has to be treated in hospital - not to mention the (proven!) negative after-effects of having had measles. It's absurd when you consider that this is a disease that could have long been eradicated. It's high time we made vaccination compulsory - at least for hospital staff.”
Doctors must regain their authority
After the threat of a measles outbreak led to the closure of the canteen in the Czech parliament, Lidové noviny hopes that politicians will now take action:
“All members of parliament are still fit and healthy. But they'll have to deal with the problem sooner or later. ... Vaccination has become a political bone of contention. The majority of the population see it as a sensible way to prevent the spread of diseases. But for a minority, vaccinations are dangerous and ineffective. Rational arguments seem to fall on deaf ears in this battle. But the mere fact that people travel abroad much more nowadays means that measles keeps being brought back home. The problem simply cannot be solved without vaccination. We have to think about why people have stopped listening to our doctors and how they might regain their authority.”