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Strug­gling with grow­ing scep­ti­cism of vac­ci­na­tions, health au­thor­i­ties in Moscow have turned to a sur­pris­ing ally for help: Blood-thirsty vam­pires.

A video posted by the Moscow health depart­ment this week fea­tures a black-clad, long-haired vam­pire and his fang-bar­ing young daugh­ter.

Dur­ing a visit to the doc­tor, they ask if it is safe for the girl to drink blood from the un­vac­ci­nated.

Af­ter sug­gest­ing that it would be bet­ter not to drink blood at all, the doc­tor warns them that un­vac­ci­nated blood could be ‘very dan­ger­ous’ and then lays out the ben­e­fits of vac­ci­na­tions.

“So is this why some par­ents are re­ject­ing vac­ci­na­tions?” the vam­pire fa­ther asks.

“To stop us from bit­ing their chil­dren?”

The video ends with a mes­sage urg­ing par­ents to have their chil­dren vac­ci­nated.

It was re­leased as city au­thor­i­ties look for ways to boost vac­ci­na­tion rates. Re­cently, lo­cal deputies in­clud­ing the head of the city's pub­lic health com­mit­tee rec­om­mended mak­ing vac­ci­na­tions manda­tory.

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) and Unicef warned in July that vac­ci­na­tion rates around the world have ‘dan­ger­ously’ stalled - in many cases due to in­creas­ing sus­pi­cion of vac­cines.

The WHO also said in Au­gust that measles cases were sky­rock­et­ing in Europe and sounded the alarm over vac­ci­na­tion rates.

Rus­sia was among four coun­tries - along with Ukraine, Kaza­khstan and Ge­or­gia -that were home to 78 per cent of measles cases in the first six months of 2019.

The ‘anti-vax’ move­ment has been fuelled by false claims that vac­ci­na­tions cause disease or con­di­tions such as autism.

A study out of Ge­orge Washington Univer­sity last year found that so­cial me­dia bots and trolls ‘spread false in­for­ma­tion about vac­cines’ on­line.

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