Vaccines are considered one of the major breakthroughs in the medical world. Vaccines have contributed to the reduction of deadly diseases such as TB, diphtheria and polio.
- Vaccine safety and effectiveness has been questioned across Europe according to a recent survey.
- Up to 15 percent of people surveyed in Europe disagreed that vaccines were safe.
- Older people 65 years and above were generally more positive about vaccinations compared to people in other age groups.
The researchers note that the Internet has the potential to spread negative messages about vaccines rapidly and that authorities should not underestimate the effect this could have. They also hope that public health organizations can use this information to investigate causes for these negative attitudes and formulate responses.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.