BALTIMORE — In this video from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases’ Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research, former CDC Director Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH, speaks about the dangers of vaccine hesitancy and the important role that experts play in explaining the value of vaccines.
“We’re living in a society where people are becoming concerned about the safety of these vaccines and are hesitating to use them,” said Gerberding, who now serves as an executive vice president and chief patient officer for Merck.
“There are a lot of complex reasons for that, but I think probably overall the most important reason is that people no longer see the diseases that many of the vaccines are designed to prevent,” she said. “And unfortunately, until something really bad happens, like a measles outbreak, all too often we get lulled into a false sense of security that maybe vaccines are no longer critically important to the health of our children or our families and we are setting ourselves up for a very, very serious infectious disease threat if we continue down this pathway.”
Disclosure: Gerberding is employed by Merck.