While some 79% of people worldwide "somewhat" or "strongly agree" that vaccines are safe, some parts of the world have a level of disbelief, especially in parts of Europe, according to a large Gallup survey for charitable foundation Wellcome Trust released on Wednesday
Why it matters: The global health community is trying to understand and combat pockets of anti-vaccination or vaccine hesitancy that have recently led to some devastating outbreaks such as the highly contagious but preventable Details: Wellcome says this "first-of- [its] -kind global survey" asked more than 1
By the numbers: Per Wellcome Global Monitor 2018, when asked their position on whether "Vaccines are safe," respondents i ndicated …
- Globally: 79% agree that vaccines are safe, 7% disagree, 11% neither agree nor disagree, agree, 11% disagree, 16% neither agree nor disagree, 1% do not know
- Eastern Europe: 50% agree, 17% disagree, 26%
- France: Showed the highest percentage of people who disagree with vaccinations that are safe, at 33%
- Bangladesh and Rwanda: % and 94% respectively.
- Of note: "Agree" and "disagree" combine both ranges of "somewhat" and "strong."
Wellcome's report says France's vaccine skepticism has been found to be consistent throughout the various demographics as "it does not vary significantly by education, age, gender, urban or rural status, or whether people are parents."
- The report notes th the researchers found that there was a significant increase in vaccine skepticism in France after the pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccination campaign in 2009, which has stirred up some controversy that was refuted by the World Health Organization
- "The rising vaccine hesitancy in France over the past several years – which even now includes some members of the medical community – has helped drive vaccine coverage among some children and young adults below the immunity thresholds and has led to rising numbers of cases of measles and meningococcal disease, "the report states
Methodology: This study was included in the Gallup World Poll and was translated into the major languages of each country. 3,600 interviewers in the 144 countries used face-to-face and telephone interviews to collect the data from April to December 2018.