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Vaccines: Low trust in vaccination 'a global crisis'

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The biggest global study into attitudes on immunisation suggests confidence is low in some regions.

The Wellcome Trust analysis includes responses from more than 140,000 people in over 140 countries.

The World Health Organization lists vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 threats to global health.

In France - a country among several European ones now experiencing outbreaks of measles - one in three disagreed that vaccines were safe, according to the survey. That was the highest percentage for any country worldwide.


People in France were also among the most likely to disagree that vaccines were effective, at 19%, and to disagree that vaccines were important for children to have, at 10%.


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Against the backdrop of an unprecedented national measles outbreak, California lawmakers are weighing new legislation aimed at cracking down on vaccination exemptions.

On Thursday, Senate Bill 276 goes before the state’s Assembly Health Committee before likely moving on to a full Assembly vote and, ultimately, the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom. Earlier this week, he expressed concerns that led to amendments to the bill, narrowing its focus. 

The vote comes at a time of heightened concern about both exposure to once eradicated diseases, as well as the potential side-effects of vaccinations on young children.

While a chorus of “anti-vax” voices has been growing across the country, California residents appear largely in the pro-vaccination camp. The state already is one of the nation’s toughest when it comes to avoiding vaccinations.

A recent Public Policy Institute of California pollshows 75% of respondents said parents should vaccinate their children, and 80% are concerned that a U.S. outbreak of nearly 1,000 measles cases, the largest in more than 25 years, will continue to spread. At least 52 of those cases were reported in California. 


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