What the US could learn about vaccination from Nigeria – Plainview Daily Herald

(THE CONVERSATION) To consider that Nigeria, infamous for anti-vaxx campaigns leading to polio outbreaks, has any lessons for Americans may be shocking.

But as measles cases in the U.S. climb to an all-time high after the disease was declared eliminated in 2000, U.S. public health officials have been looking for ways to address the problem.

As a researcher on religious politics and health, I believe that Nigeria’s highly mobilized efforts to eliminate polio can teach America how to reverse the increase in measles cases and shore up its public health infrastructure. Working with international partners, Nigerians have combated misinformation, suspicion of vaccine science, and appeals to religious freedom to go from ground zero for polio on the African continent in 2003 to nearly polio-free in 2019.

Source: What the US could learn about vaccination from Nigeria – Plainview Daily Herald

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