Why do some doctors advise against immunisation?

Editorial Board

Editorial Board

December 2nd, 2021

Editorial Board

Very few doctors are totally against immunisation. The vast majority is strongly in favour, will recommend immunisation, and is happy to administer vaccines to their patients.

There are a small number of doctors who have a critical view of vaccination. This does not imply that they have evidence on their side. A combination of personal experience and religious or philosophical believes may also be at play.

Remember: most doctors who have examined the evidence strongly support vaccination. The experts at the World Health Organisation (WHO), the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control (ECDC), national health authorities and academia have vast experience in the field of immunisation.

They are doctors too, and their reputations depend on giving the best possible advice on vaccination. The same can be said of non-governmental organisations, like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Alliance for Vaccines & Immunisation (GAVI), who strongly advocate the appropriate use of vaccines.

For more information, see ‘Vaccination – 20 Objections & Responses’, produced by the Robert Koch Institute and Paul Ehrlich Institute