BBC documentary reveals the UK exports anti-vaxx myths to the rest of the world

Mail Online | 1/6/2011 | Sam Blanchard Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
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Anti-vaccination conspiracy theories born in the UK are now spreading as far afield as India as mobile internet makes its way around the globe.

In the BBC Two documentary Conspiracy Files: Vaccine Wars, which airs tonight, experts brand the UK the home of the anti-vaxxer.

Theories - Doctors - Oceans - Continents - Discontent

Theories hatched by now disgraced British doctors have, despite being proven wrong, travelled across oceans and continents to sow discontent in parents across the world.

It comes as NHS figures today revealed uptake rates fell for all nine childhood jabs in England last year, a red flag in an ongoing battle against misinformation.

Officials - US - France - Poland - India

Officials in the US, France, Poland and India have all seen myths about alleged dangers of vaccinations taking hold in their countries, the documentary explains.

One expert predicted that, in the current political climate, 'we won't find a solution to this'.

Documentary - Thursday - September - Pits - Experts

The documentary, which will air at 9pm on Thursday, September 26, pits experts and campaigners from around the world against each other to debate vaccines.

One UNICEF medic in India, Nizamuddin Ahmed, said that rocketing smartphone ownership in the past three years means more people are seeing anti-vaccine content.

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WhatsApp and Facebook, for example, have hundreds of millions of Indian users and are a haven for anti-vaxx content which has been translated as far as local dialects.

The conspiracy theories come from overseas, he says, and can be traced back to long-discredited science in the UK.

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Mr Ahmed said: 'Quite often in the field, 10 to 20 per cent of the families... come with their questions. Why is it important? Why should my child have to be vaccinated?

'People are getting exposed to these false and fake messages regarding the vaccination.

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'Most of the material which we have seen on the social media sites or the WhatsApp or other tools are being originated outside India.'

A UNICEF immunisation specialist in the country said the...
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