The debate surrounding the ethical obligation of universal child vaccination is sustained. Recently, an Italian child was banned from entering an educational centre because he was not vaccinated, and his parents were fined €500. The current Italian government is skeptical about universal vaccination, saying that it would like to eliminate “coercive” vaccination in Italian school children (see BMJ news HERE ).

In this regard, we cite a recent BBC review on this issue, entitled, Vaccines: Low trust in vaccination ‘a global crisis that is based on the biggest study, titled Wellcome Global Monitor,  The review was based on a survey conducted by the Wellcome Global Monitor; it includes responses from more than 140,000 people in over 140 countries, and is “the largest study into how people around the world think and feel about science and major health challenges”. Their study looking at attitudes to immunization suggests that confidence is low in some regions. The Wellcome survey reveals that the number of people who say they have little confidence or trust in vaccination has increased.

Data of child vaccination scepticism in the world

The global survey reveals the number of people who say they have little confidence or trust in vaccination has increased.

Euro data

When asked if vaccines were safe:

  • 79% “somewhat” or “strongly” agreed
  • 7% somewhat or strongly disagreed
  • 14% neither agreed nor disagreed

When asked if they believed vaccines worked:

  • 84% agree either strongly or somewhat
  • 5% either strongly or somewhat disagree
  • 12% neither agreed nor disagreed

What makes people skeptical? Could it be linked to the crisis of doctor-patient trust?

In the survey, the authors found that people with more trust in scientists, doctors and nurses tended to be more likely to agree that vaccines were safe. Conversely, those who had recently sought information about science, medicine or health appeared to be less likely to agree. The aforementioned Wellcome report does not explore all of the reasons behind low confidence, but researchers say there are likely to be many factors involved.

In an article published by our Observatory that discusses doctor-patient trust (Rebuild trust between doctors-patients and healthcare institutions is claimed), we believe that, at least to some extent, this could be linked with the lack of trust in vaccines. We repeat here what we said in the previously mentioned article, that health care organization and the doctor-patient relationship deserves our serious attention and protection during these dangerous times when the emergence of computers in science, AI in medicine and irresponsible internet sites create new kinds of doctor-patient relationships and behaviors



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