Dr. Leyanna Susan George is Associate Professor and MPH co-ordinator at the Department of Community Medicine & Public Health of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, Kerala, India. She is a Public Health consultant who is also actively involved in research, capacity development projects and training of healthcare professionals. Her areas of research interest are infectious disease epidemiology such as vaccine preventable diseases, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, dengue, neglected tropical diseases etc. She also serves as the General Secretary of the Indian Network for NTDs.
Over the years we have realized two things. One, the anti-vaccination lobby is very strong and they use social media to their benefit. Second, for any vaccination campaign to be successful it would require a positive socio-political and religious background.