Last Reviewed: January 23, 2019
Vaccines are one of the most effective tools for protecting against disease. However, the success of immunization programs in reducing the prevalence and incidence of disease is dependent on high vaccine acceptance and coverage. In recent years, there have been frequent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and pertussis due to importation through travel between countries with disease activity and low vaccine uptake. Improving vaccine acceptance and uptake is necessary in keeping immunization programs resilient against outbreaks.
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