A Cure for Poverty 25:00, 2008 (Ref: VS08617)

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The big issues, the controversies, the debates – and the future. Despite the excellent track record of vaccines in some quarters they are still treated with considerable suspicion. How can – and should – these doubters be convinced? We show this: Polio – in Tajikistan we filmed a father who refused to let his daughter be vaccinated because he thought it was a secret method of birth control. There have also been riots against Polio vaccination campaigns and strong resistance to other vaccines like HPV (for example, immunising catholic girls against a sexually transmitted disease). HPV is also important in terms of the trend for preventable vaccines – it’s harder to harness the immune system to make a therapeutic vaccine but scientists have been successful in trials currently taking place for vaccines targeting melanoma, kidney, lung and breast cancers, Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. How – and is this the future of vaccines?