Getting vaccines to those who need them

The safe reputation of vaccines may have been damaged recently, but their effectiveness is crucial in fighting disease around the world, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
26th May, 2012
Julie Gerberding of MSD: in developing countries, 'people would give anything to be able to vaccinate their kids'.

The link between the H1N1 vaccine and narcolepsy, a condition which causes extreme fatigue and unexpected episodes of sleep, threatens to make the public increasingly vaccine-averse.

Many of those who refuse vaccines for themselves or their children cite side-effects as their primary reason for doing so, although links between certain vaccines and conditions such as autism have been disproved.

Experts including Dr Julie Gerberding, the former director of the Centres for Disease Control and...

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