Causes Of Resistance To Polio Vaccination

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Resistance to Polio Vaccination As is the case in other instances of vaccine hesitance, the resistance to Polio vaccination in India can be best associated to a lack of trust, both in the vaccine and in the people providing it. This lack of trust can be tied to a number of causes, of which many apply to only certain communities within India. This paper will examine four of the largest causes of distrust in the Polio vaccines; historic mistrust, frustration with the repetitive nature of the vaccinations, doubts on the effectiveness of the OPV and problems caused by the OPV. Together these factors led to an environment of distrust in which many people were reluctant to be vaccinated or to let their children be vaccinated. One of the leading causes of mistrust for the vaccination efforts is the mistrust that many communities feel towards the motivation behind the Polio vaccination push. This mistrust of government and NGO initiatives is built upon the histories of many of these regions. Of particular importance is the lack of basic health infrastructure in many communities across India. This lack of basic infrastructure, along with rampant poverty, led to widespread problems with diarrheal diseases, malaria, tuberculosis, malnutrition, and lack of sanitation (Coates et al, 2013). This caused the residents of these communities to grow suspicious of why the government suddenly pushed for the Polio vaccination without addressing these problems which affected far more people in
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