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After several months of talks with the WHO, Facebook has pledged to direct its users to "accurate and reliable vaccine information in several languages" on the WHO's website, the United Nations health agency said, "to ensure that vital health messages reach people who need them the most.”
"Major digital organisations have a responsibility to their users — to ensure that they can access facts about vaccines and health," the WHO said in a statement.
"Vaccine misinformation is a major threat to global health that could reverse decades of progress made in tackling preventable diseases," it said. Deadly infectious diseases such as measles, diphtheria, hepatitis, polio, cholera and yellow fever can all be prevented with immunisation, it noted.
The WHO says vaccines are one of the most powerful innovations in public health history and estimates that they save at least 2 million lives every year worldwide.
In addition, immunisation means millions more children avoid becoming infected with debilitating diseases that would result in long hospital stays and time out of school.
But misinformation about vaccination has spread far on social media in many countries in recent years — including during major vaccination campaigns to prevent polio in Pakistan and to immunise against yellow fever in South America.
Welcoming Facebook's pledge, the WHO said such moves by social media "must be matched by tangible steps by governments and the health sector" to promote trust in vaccination and respond to the needs and concerns of parents.
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