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With 2.3 million children not vaccinated against measles last year, India has much to do to protect its young citizens, in the context of the above statement discuss the case of vaccine hesitancy and need for public awareness of vaccines.

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2. With 2.3 million children not vaccinated against measles last year, India has much to do to protect its young citizens, in the context of the above statement discuss the case of vaccine hesitancy and need for public awareness of vaccines. (250 Words)

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Why this question:

Vaccine hesitancy has been highlighted for the staggering spread in cases globally. The article discusses the case of India and prevalence of Measles.

Key demand of the question:

One must present the case of Measles and discuss the phenomena of vaccine hesitancy.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Define what you understand by vaccine hesitancy; Vaccine hesitancy has been highlighted for the staggering spread in cases globally. Vaccine hesitancy refers to delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite availability of vaccination services.

Body:

First explain why the issue of vaccine hesitancy persists – take the case of measles and discuss.

Use facts to substantiate your answer and provide for a detailed analysis of the causative factors, impact and what needs to be done to prevent and cure the situation.

Conclusion:

Conclude that Vaccine hesitancy is threatening the historical achievements made in reducing the burden of infectious diseases, which have plagued humanity for centuries.

Only a collaborative effort between pediatricians, family doctors, parents, public health officials, governments, the technology sector, and civil society will allow myths and misinformation around vaccination to be dispelled.

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