If you’ve been on social media heavily for the past few weeks, you’d know that there’s one topic that’s trending in Malaysia that probably won’t die down anytime soon – anti-vaxxers.
Many Malaysians are concerned about the rising numbers of anti-vaccination believers, which effects can be seen on the news; more and more children are getting infected with diphtheria.
In fact, a two-year-old toddler from Johor recently died due to the disease and it was believed that the child was unvaccinated.
So, what will the government do about this alarming issue?
Well, it turns out that the Ministry of Health is looking at making immunisation vaccination compulsory for children, as reported by The Star
And to kickstart this policy, doctors are advising that children should take the diphtheria and measles vaccination.
Why diphtheria and measles? Because these two diseases are the two of the most fatal for children.
“We can start by making diphtheria and measles vaccination compulsory in order to enrol the child in schools and later expand this requirement to enrolment in kindergartens and nurseries where groups of children gather,” Asia Pacific Pediatric Association secretary-general Datuk Dr. Zulkifli Ismail told the English daily.
The policy, however, may receive wide backlash from anti-vaxxers and parents who want the freedom to choose the best vaccinations, therefore a lot of people are calling for the government
to help inform Malaysians on the possible side-effects of these immunisations.
A lot of people who reject vaccination do so due to ethical, political, medical, and religious grounds. Some were also misinformed or misled about the effects of it.
So where do you stand on this issue? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.