There’s growing concern that the rise in vaccine hesitancy is putting people at risk of contracting and spreading preventable diseases. The Amish have been an invaluable resource to help us understand this problem and develop strategies to address it.
At this time, the Amish are an invaluable resource to help us understand the factors that lead to vaccine hesitancy.
At this time, the Amish are an invaluable resource to help us understand the factors that lead to vaccine hesitancy. They are a unique group with low vaccination rates but not because they don’t want to vaccinate or don’t understand the risks.
The most common reason given for not vaccinating was concern about vaccine safety.
Many people have questions about vaccine safety. Vaccines are generally safe, but they can cause mild side effects such as fever or soreness at the injection site. Other serious reactions are rare and occur in less than 1 out of every 1 million doses given.
Vaccines have been very effective in reducing the spread of disease: polio has been eliminated from most countries; measles deaths have decreased by over 99% since 2000; rubella cases were reduced by 99% between 1995-2012; whooping cough deaths declined 80% between …