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Unfounded skepticism about vaccines in some communities, in developing and developed countries alike, has emerged in recent years as one of the most serious impediments to global progress in public health.According to a 2016 study, Greece is now among the top 10 countries worldwide with the lowest confidence in vaccine safety.By contrast, Italy's center-left Democratic Party government has made vaccinations against 12 preventable diseases compulsory for all children.In other words, two left-wing governments have responded to the same public health problem in very different ways. Putting politics aside, there are compelling reasons for why governments should mandate vaccinations for all children, rather than leaving it up to parents to decide.In addition, vaccination is a crucial instrument in the fight against one of the twenty-first century's biggest health challenges: antimicrobial resistance.Rather, the biggest hurdle has been popular resistance to vaccination.Governments should be educating the public to improve overall coverage, not validating unfounded fears about vaccine safety.
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