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Europeans poorly informed about vaccine side-effects

Most EU citizens incorrectly believe that vaccines often produce serious side effects or are unsure whether they do, an EU-wide survey has found.

Only in four EU countries—Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden—were a majority of respondents aware of the rarity of serious vaccine side-effects, the one-off Eurobarometer survey conducted in March 2019 and published on 26 April found.

Across the EU as a whole, 48 per cent of respondents incorrectly thought that vaccines often produce serious side-effects, while 11 per cent said that they did not know. Only 41 per cent gave the correct answer. This fell to a low of 20 per cent in Cyprus.

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