It is true that in most Southern Áfrican countries we trust vaccines and any Kind of Medicine prescribed by a doctor. The herbs our forefathers used for Cure to treat certain conditions have been wholesomely demonised and rejected as primitive and harmful. However, lack of health information literacy on the dangers of taking vaccines without questioning side effects of such drugs is dangerous. Ironically a good number of doctors are often times reluctant to take vaccines because they know the dangers of having too many chemicals in the bodies. But if a lot of people become more literate on how vaccines could be harmful, then, this will pose danger to the income of munifacturers of such vaccines, on the other hand disease burden will go up. Another point why we do not refuse to take drugs is because we do not have Access to appropriate language for us to inderstand the dangers. Where information is available, it is written in a technical language. Worse still reading and writing foreighn to us in this bract. We are so much used to oral communication. To crown it all new vaccines are Tested here without understanding the eficacy and toxicity of such vaccines. Therefore, health information literacy is important and sensitizing people of side effects of taking certain vaccines is critical.
HIFA profile: Kenneth L Chanda is Associate Consultant and Lecturer at National Institute of Public Administration where he is lecturing in Records Management. He is co-author of The development of telehealth as a strategy to improve health care services in Zambia. Kenneth L. Chanda & Jean G. Shaw. Health Information & Libraries Journal. Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 133139, June 2010. He recently retired as Assistant Medical Librarian at the University of Zambia. klchanda AT gmail.com