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What should we do about vaccine hesitancy?

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4044 (Published 06 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4044

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Re: What should we do about vaccine hesitancy?

Vaccination is the cornerstone of public health and is one of the most cost-effective health-care interventions. Vaccination status of a population is as important as Infant Mortality Rate is to a Country's development.

Vaccine hesitancy is a very complex issue. It is influenced by numerous parental and vaccine-specific factors. These factors need to be understood better to be addressed better. Since addressing any public health concern begins at the population and community level, a good starting point could be identifying the target population and listening to the true nature of their particular vaccine or vaccination concerns and perceptions.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 June 2019
Vanthana Bharathi
Physician
Madras Medical College, Chennai, India