The Italian Higher Health Institute and the Italian Pediatrics Association warned that a growing number of people are not vaccinating themselves or their sons, even snubbing compulsory vaccinations. Dr Alberto Villani, the Director of the Pediatric Ward of Rome’s Hospital “Bambin Gesù”, told the newspaper La Repubblica that the decrease in vaccinations has already been causing the death of some patients.
Behind the trend there is a growing wave of conspiracy theories involving vaccines. Such theories can quickly spread via the Net and the social networks.
However, there are people and even pediatricians who are in favor of limiting the use of vaccines for more rational and scientific reasons.