From polio to Covid-19: anti-vaccine misinformation and rumors in Pakistan

Zia Ullah, Shah Sawar Khan, Sayyed Fawad Ali Shah

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Pakistan is one of only two countries where polio still remains endemic - the other country being neighboring Afghanistan. This chapter provides a short review of polio-related misinformation in Pakistan, shows how it paved the way for the spread of COVID-19-related misinformation, and discusses the potential implications of such misinformation for public health. We also discuss the similarities and differences between the types of misinformation spread about these vaccines.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVaccine communication online: counteracting misinformation, rumors and lies
EditorsTamar Ginossar, Sayyed Fawad Ali Shah, David Weiss
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-24490-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-24489-6
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2023
Externally publishedYes

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