EDITORIAL

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

Science  25 Apr 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6182, pp. 339
DOI: 10.1126/science.1254834

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Last month, the World Health Organization certified India and Southeast Asia as being polio-free, an extraordinary achievement given that the polio vaccine was declared safe and effective only 59 years ago. Vaccines are one of the safest and most cost-effective medical interventions in history. By immunizing infants, children, and teenagers, vaccines protect the entire community. Nevertheless, there is a surge of outbreaks in vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States. What research is needed to reverse this trend?