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OPINION: Anti-vaccine myths could mean a death sentence

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research by the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Health Studies in the year 2011 revealed that of 6,000 women examined, 48% had some presence of  Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Since 2008, the Ministry of Health has been applying the HPV vaccine in the Panamanian population, focused on 10-year-old girls. However, this preventive health actions found multiple barriers to effective vaccination of the entire population.

Starting in 2016, all children were included in this vaccine, since it prevents not only cervical cancer in women, but also several types of cancer in men.

The vaccines have been fundamental in defeating large epidemics, however, there are those who insist, without scientific study that really corroborates this assumption, that vaccines cause diseases such as autism or in particular that the HPV promotes promiscuity or advances juvenile sexuality. These people seem not interested in saving lives, but condemn the credulous of these lies to the disease. Vaccines are a help for healthy living. Deception and prejudice are a sure way to lead to death. – LA PRENSA, Oct, 1.



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Social media  spreading  false vaccine rumors


Posted 23/02/2020

Vaccines are one of the most important and effective tools for disease prevention. According to the World Health Organization, they prevent two to three million deaths per year. With so many benefits of vaccination, plus the fact that the State provides vaccines at no cost, it would be expected that the population would receive them as part of a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, social networks have served to spread a series of myths and misinformation about vaccination. This type of modern superstition has resulted in the death of children in developed countries, and in the reappearance of diseases such as measles in Europe. Human beings are very likely to assume as true, rumors and road stories. The anti-vaccine movements and other sectors that question science and human rights have become a real threat to the health and welfare of the entire species. Through very sophisticated campaigns, and manipulation by social networks, more segments of the population have been captured because of ignorance- LA PRENSA, Feb. 23



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