Measles epidemic spreads around Europe at alarming speed, with over 44 000 new cases registered between January 2016 and March 2019. Within the last three years 84 deaths were registered. The increasing number of non-vaccinated children is one of the main causes for this situation.
Prof Michel Goldman has published a plea in L’Echo, in which he advocates that Belgian authorities should follow the example of Italy, France and soon Germany, where measles vaccination is mandatory.
Vaccination is about more than individual welfare; it is an act of social solidarity. However, with vaccine coverage being insufficient in the US and many European countries, herd immunity is at risk. The key to increasing awareness of the benefits of immunization lies in education, particularly of young people.
In an article published by Project Syndicate, Michel Goldman calls for actions to mobilize teenagers to become vaccine advocates through educational programs that go beyond school-based teaching methods and take advantage of comics, game-based learning tools, social media, and other digital technologies.
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