Guest Editorial

Vaccination saves lives – dare we allow the anti-vaccine lobbyists to prevent it?

Lee Baker


Vaccines are one of the safest and most effective tools available in efforts to control and prevent many infectious diseases. It is, however, vaccination and not vaccines that saves lives, and high vaccine coverage is required to have a positive impact on the burden of disease. The World Health Organization has recently voiced its concerns regarding vaccine hesitancy, defined as people delaying or refusing vaccines for their children or themselves.

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Lee Baker, Amayeza Info Services, Weltevreden Park, South Africa

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Vaccination; Vaccine hesitancy; Anti-vaccine attitudes

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(11):881-882. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2015.v105i11.10175

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Date submitted: 2015-10-07
Date published: 2015-10-07

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