Campaigning for vaccine acceptance

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  • Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020

I REFER to the letter “Malaysia needs to appoint vaccine safety commission” (The Star, Jan 20).

The main goal of vaccination is to immunise children from a host of diseases. At a time when Malaysia is seeking to join the elite group of developed countries, the health parameter should be one of the key indicators to focus on.

There are two groups who are against vaccinations. One group constitutes the ignorant and irrational who are concerned about the perceived side effects of the vaccines.

Putting the vaccines aside, any drug will have side effects, contraindications and interactions.

If you read through the prescribing information of any drug, you would not want to take it at all.

The attending physician is the best judge who will take into account the risks before prescribing any medicines.

The second group is more concerned about the halal factor of the vaccine. Modern medicine is an outcome of extensive years of research and development supported by clinical trials and is evidence-based whereas religion is based on faith, which has no role in modern science.

The government should run an awareness campaign to educate the masses in all the spoken languages of the country to highlight the importance of vaccination.

Eventually, vaccination should be made compulsory in the overall interest of the nation.


Shah Alam

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