Faith in Vaccines Lowest in Wealthy Nations: Survey

WEDNESDAY, June 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- While many people worldwide have faith in vaccines, those in wealthy countries have the lowest levels of confidence, a new survey reveals.

Researchers surveyed more than 140,000 people, ages 15 and older, in more than 140 countries and found that 79% agreed that vaccines are safe, and 9 in 10 said their children had been vaccinated, CNN reported.

People in Bangladesh and Rwanda had the strongest confidence in vaccines, with nearly all respondents in both countries agreeing that vaccines are safe, effective and important for children.

But only 59% of people in Western Europe, 40% of those in Eastern Europe, and 72% of those in North America agreed that vaccines were safe, according to the survey by the UK medical research charity Wellcome Trust, CNN reported.

Vaccines "are one of our most powerful public health tools, and we need people to have confidence in them if they are to be most effective," said Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust.

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