AIM recommendations on Vaccine Hesitancy
Vaccination is one of the most successful and cost-effective interventions to improve health outcomes. While it is true that no vaccine is 100% effective, high uptake rates have allowed to eliminate, and in some cases eradicate, a number of diseases. And yet, the last decade has been characterized by outbreaks of resurgence of measles, mumps, or polio in some countries where those diseases had previously been controlled. If vaccines work at both individual and community level, the reluctance to be immunized also negatively affects both levels. Safety concerns are often associated with the willingness to be immunized. However, safety is but only one driver of vaccine hesitancy.