WHO: Pandemic Flu On Horizon; Among 2019 Global Health Threats For Now

The World Health Organization (WHO) has named the top global health threats for the year.

Coming in at number eight on the top ten list is vaccine hesitancy, something WHO describes as "the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines".

This is the one health threat on the list that could be easily solved. Up to 3 million lives are saved each year due to vaccines.

Influenza is number three on the list. WHO believes at some point in the near future there will be a flu pandemic.

"The only thing we don’t know is when it will hit and how severe it will be," the report says.

The top two health threats on the list include noncommunicable diseases, such as heart attacks and stroke, and air pollution and climate change.

What are your thoughts on the top global health threats for 2019? Is there anything that you think should be on the list that isn't? Is there anything on the list that you don't think should be there?


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