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MEPs devise strategy to tackle vaccine hesitancy among public

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1378 (Published 23 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1378
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

The European parliament is urging health authorities to step up efforts to boost public confidence in the benefits of vaccination. The move comes amid signs of what MEPs, in a wide ranging policy statement, identify as “the worrying phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy.”

Renate Sommer, a German Christian Democrat MEP, is a leading member of the cross party group pressing national governments and EU institutions to tackle the problem.

“It is extremely worrying that the use of vaccines in member states is dropping rapidly. Just because the problem does not necessarily affect each one of us individually, we cannot …

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