Monday, April 09, 2012

What Do Parents Really Think about Vaccines? Be a Child's Shot@Life

It's true that measles and whooping cough are on the rise. It's true some parents are choosing not to vaccinate but they represent a small minority. Most parents support childhood immunizations (see 2009 study in Pediatrics).: 

Getting vaccines is a good way to protect my child(ren) from disease (90% agree)

Although most report they follow doctor recommendations (88%) they still have safety concerns:

I am concerned about serious adverse effects (54% agree)

Some still believe vaccines cause autism, a theory discredited by numerous scientitic studies. 

Some vaccines cause autism in healthy children (25% agree)

3 comments:

Kirstin@Squintmom said...

Yikes, some scary stuff here. I am really distressed by the extent to which the blind lead the blind out there in the Interwebs. Every time I do a pro-vax article, I find myself being attacked by angry anti-vaxers. What makes them so angry, I wonder? Should we who vaccinate be the angry ones, given that they're depending upon us to protect their unvaccinated kids?

Kirstin@Squintmom said...

By the way, I love your site. I'd like to add you to my blogroll, and wonder if you'd return the favor.

Polly Palumbo, Ph.D. said...

If we start seeing more disease people might get angry. Hey, love your site by the way! We evidence-based moms need a posse!