Medvedev tells media to be responsible, correct when covering vaccination issues

Media should cover issues concerning health care and especially children’s vaccinations extremely precisely and responsibly, avoiding the dissemination of medieval myths, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.

“Our media are free, but they should be responsible. They, of course, should not spread grand old Middle Ages [ideas], when saying that vaccinations are a devil-like matter and children get sick from them and sometimes even die from them,” Medvedev said during a visit to a children’s hospital in Moscow.

The issue was raised by one of the doctors of the hospital who took part in the meeting with Medvedev. “I am afraid to switch on the TV in the morning. They say awful and absolutely incorrect things about vaccinations. Elementary control should exist,” the doctor said.

Everybody knows that “incidents and mishaps sometimes occur after inoculations,” the president said. “But of course no one should fan fears and create a psychopathic atmosphere because this would have a negative impact on the interests of the people,” he added.

MOSCOW, May 5 (RIA Novosti)