One of the top 10 health threats facing the world right now is the anti-vaccine movement, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Newsweek reported that the issue of vaccine hesitancy — “the delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite their availability “— has taken off in recent times, leading to a quadrupling of the percentage of unvaccinated children in the U.S., per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
According to the WHO, humanity has made significant strides in the past few decades when it comes to global health: Life expectancy has increased in many parts of the world, polio is on the verge of eradication and 6 million fewer children under the age of 5 died in 2016, compared with 1990.
But despite these achievements, significant global health problems remain, ranging from the prevalence of deadly noncommunicable diseases to the damaging effects of environmental pollution.
Other health threats to make the WHO’s list include air pollution and climate change; noncommunicable diseases; antimicrobial resistance; and weak primary healthcare.