The spread of fake news is not new these days. However, it is our responsibility to verify the credibility and authenticity of the information we receive.
This is because everything you see and hear on the Internet is not accurate!
As reported in the star, the creation of fake news has led to an increase in the number of vaccine preventable diseases, as inaccurate information about vaccines is constantly shared on social media.
Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, Director General of Health, said: "These irresponsible actions are a challenge to the ministry's efforts, and as a result, the number of infectious diseases that can be prevented by a vaccine is increasing."
He added that the influence of the anti-vaccine crowd is steadily increasing and that for this reason, the number of measles cases has increased by almost 1,000% from five years ago. In 2013, there were 195 cases, but this number increased to 1,934 in 2018.
With more and more people anti-vaccine online, their influence grows as more and more people reject the appropriate vaccines that can help prevent disease and reduce the number of complications leading to death.
In fact, the anti-vaccine crowd has openly persuaded the general public to refuse vaccines by placing false and unfounded information, without worrying about the harmful consequences.
"These are propagated by those who are obsessed with claims that immunizations and the government's national immunization program have no benefit and have many negative effects. This statement is inaccurate, "he explained.
Dr. Noor Hisham said that the number of people who rejected vaccination in government clinics had decreased. the number of cases increased from 637 in 2013 to 1,603 in 2016. However, it decreased slightly in 2017 with 1,404 rejections.
Well, it's still a lot!
"If this trend of vaccine rejection continues, it is likely that infectious diseases that vaccines can prevent will continue to increase and that all efforts will be in vain. " said Dr. Noor Hisham.
That said, keep in mind that immunization is important and that you should always seek the advice of qualified and highly qualified health professionals, not the absolute conviction of what the Internet has to say.
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