The World Health Organisation has identified those that are hesitant or refuse vaccinations represent one of the top 10 threats to global health in 2019.
This stance threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases.
Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease – it currently prevents 2-3 million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved.
Measles, for example, has seen a 30% increase in cases globally.
In 2016, Europe hit a record-low number of measles cases at 5,273, but the very next year they were back up to 21,315.
Multiple factors contribute to these figures and vaccine hesitancy or reluctance and not solely responsible for the change.
However, there is an increasingly popular view that parents should get to choose which—if any—vaccines their children receive, and the dip in coverage is causing outbreaks.
Especially for highly infectious diseases like measles, vaccination rates above 90 per cent are crucial to maintaining herd immunity.
Adults and international travellers are also exercising their freedom of choice and failing to get vaccinated for local or preventable disease exposure.
This presents considerable concerns and challenges for corporate risk management.
What do you do if your business traveller refuses vaccinations identified by medical experts as necessary or mandatory for travel?
Are travellers and the business aware of the liability, risks and implications of these choices?
Based upon what expert, scientific or academic information is the individual or business making informed decisions?
Is the process consistent with enterprise risk management structure and operations?
What are travel managers and providers doing to support, contribute or manage this issue?
How does individual choice impact your local and international workforce, contractors and communities?
Is your business contributing to global health risks?
Are your employees, management and travellers making other personal or ill-informed decisions without your knowledge or divergent from your enterprise risk management objectives and practices?
Anti-vaccination has put risk-based decision making in the spotlight for businesses and travel managers.
How are you making risk and evidence-based decisions?
Risk perception, cognition, decision making and management are complex, scientific practices.
How do you apply these sciences and facts to your business, especially those mobile and travelling?
Perhaps a discussion with one of our experts can help you understand, structure and prioritise your risk decision making.
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