The debate over the impact and importance of vaccines extends worldwide. 9 out of 10 people in the world believe that vaccines are important for children. Albania ranks among the top countries in the world that believe in the importance of vaccines.
Data published by Our World in Data, which came from a 2018 study by “The Wellcome Global Monitor”, shows that 97% of Albanians agree that vaccines are important for children. This is the highest rate in the region, but also higher than the world average. Kosovo Albanians are the second to believe, with 96% of people believing in the importance of vaccine. In other countries in the region, the percentage is below the global average. Thus in Bosnia about 85% of individuals believe that the vaccine is important by a wide margin with Albania, followed by Serbia with 84%, Macedonia with 85% and Montenegro with 68%.
Some parents may disagree that children should be vaccinated if they feel the vaccines are unsafe or may cause side effects that are worse than the benefits.
Globally, a handful of people disagree that vaccines are safe. Only 7% of respondents worldwide said “they do not agree that vaccines are safe (in Albania 3%).