Vast majority of Greeks support vaccination, but reservations linger

According to the findings 37 percent of those surveyed in Greece have been vaccinated in the last five years, while 38 percent had not. The vast majority, 94 percent, said that they trust healthcare professionals in gathering information on vaccines.

A measles vaccine is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles, California February 5, 2015. Lawmakers in several U.S. states are backing proposals to make it harder for parents to opt out of school vaccinations based on personal beliefs, as health officials fight a growing measles outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people in more than a dozen states. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS)

A whopping 90 percent of Greeks believe in the effectiveness of vaccines in preventing infectious diseases according to a survey released today by Eurobarometer. The EU average is 86 percent.

The study was conducted at a time in which citizens’ trust in vaccines has declined due to disinformation.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has characterised the dissemination of false information about vaccines as one of the ten top threats to public health in 2019.

According to the findings 37 percent of those surveyed in Greece have been vaccinated in the last five years, while 38 percent had not. The vast majority, 94 percent, said that they trust healthcare professionals in gathering information on vaccines.

Alarmingly, 48 percent of Europeans erroneously believe that vaccines often cause serious side effects. In Greece, 41 percent believe the same.

“The more we talk about what is true and what is a misperception on vaccination, the better chance we have to get the right messages,” European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, said at a press briefing.

He underscored that vaccination is one of the most effective public health measures ever, not only as a preventive measure that saves lives but also because they reduce healthcare expenditures.

The Commission will host a Global Vaccination Summit together with the WHO in September.

Ακολουθήστε στο Google News και μάθετε πρώτοι όλες τις ειδήσεις
Δείτε όλες τις τελευταίες Ειδήσεις από την Ελλάδα και τον Κόσμο, από
International
ΒΗΜΑτοδότης
Σίβυλλα
Helios Kiosk