Rumours are becoming the biggest hurdle in immunisation drives

India has had an Immunisation Programme for many years now, yet one in five of the world’s 5.9 million under-5 deaths take place here, with more than half being from vaccine-preventable and treatable infections. It does not help that parents tend to lap up misinformed rumours, which spread like wildfire thanks to social media outlets such as WhatsApp and Facebook, making them reluctant to participate in crucial immunisation drives. This makes vaccination programmes even more challenging to implement and calls for an information and education overdrive down to the grassroots of communities.

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