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Sep 13, 2019

The fate of nations rests on extent to which a country protects its citizens from infectious diseases, says official

Addressing the issue of health-related fake news and vaccinations on the internet, Ildikó Horváth noted that this was hugely damaging and allowed the spread of infectious diseases around the world.

Hungary is a global leader in vaccination, as recognized by the European Commission and international organizations, said Ildikó Horváth, the state secretary for health.

What’s more, Horváth said the public’s confidence in the Hungarian vaccine system is exceptionally high.

Attending the World Conference on Vaccination organized by the European Commission and the World Health Organisation (WHO), Horváth told MTI that Hungary’s nursing and paediatric networks were generally seen as leading models.

Horváth noted Hungary’s high vaccination rate which ensured that diseases did not attack with their full potency and epidemics, unlike in various neighboring countries, did not take complete hold.

Addressing the issue of health-related fake news and vaccinations on the internet, she noted that this was hugely damaging and allowed the spread of infectious diseases around the world. She said the fate of nations and peoples rested on the extent to which a country was able to protect its citizens from infectious diseases.

The state secretary added that Hungary used “the most effective, the safest and highest-quality vaccines available”. Hungary in this regard, she added, was an “island of safety” in Europe.

Horváth said the country’s 100-year-old mandatory immunization system handed out vaccines almost 100 percent free-of-charge, making Hungary a world leader in this respect. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control also recognizes Hungary’s good practices in this regard, she concluded.

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