Most U.S. Kids Still Get Vaccines on Schedule

VaccineA new study out today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows only 5 percent of American parents say they plan to skip at least some vaccines that are recommended for their children, and a mere 2 percent say they are opting out of vaccines altogether.  Most have their children vaccinated on the recommended schedule.

Despite this finding, however, most parents report having at least one concern about vaccines.  According to Reuters, the concerns ranged from “whether the shots hurt, whether their children were getting too many shots at one visit, whether their children got too many shots before age 2, and whether the vaccines were made from safe ingredients.  And parents questioned whether vaccines had been well tested and worried that they might cause disease or they might be given to protect against diseases that would never pose a threat to their children.”

“The good news is that almost all parents are getting their children vaccinated. But that doesn’t necessarily mean all parents have a high level of confidence in those vaccines,” Allison Kennedy, an epidemiologist in Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Immunization Services Division, said in a statement.

Kennedy called on the CDC to continue investigating ways to educate parents about the facts and fictions surrounding vaccines, citing lingering fears that vaccines cause autism–a notion that has been scientifically disproved.

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  1. by Ingrid

    On June 15, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    It has not been scientifically disproven that there is a link between autism and vaccines. In fact, a new study/review just came out showing that there are at least 83 cases where parents were compensated by the vaccine court due to vaccines causing brain damage -including cases of autism. Do your homework. Vaccines are not made up of sugar water. They’re made up of things you would NEVER feed your child…

  2. by Terri

    On July 26, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I just want to state a fact. The reason kids are getting vaccinations for diseases they may never come in contact with is BECAUSE of the wide spread vaccinations. The reason for vaccinations is to prevent the diseases. If vaccinations were not nation wide then the chance of an epidemic when one of the diseases do pop up is much higher.

    On another note; Most vaccination are made with eggs. I do not know about you but i feed my kids eggs all the time. That is why the question about egg allergies is asked every time a vaccination is given. I am a biology student and as such I know that for some one to get an infection from a vaccination it has to be alive. Children are never given a live vaccination. However, the reason for the vaccination is to “trick” the immune system into making antibodies against the disease. If a few symptoms crop up then just be reassured that they are doing what they are supposed to, tricking the immune system.

  3. by Kayla

    On August 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Every parent should read Neil Z Miller’s books on Vaccinations. He pulls a bunch of helpful information all together from various studies and research. Good, quick, easy read.

  4. by Jennifer Romero

    On September 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I like that Terri says kids aren’t given live vaccines and yet there are still some vaccines with live viruses. Also, eggs aren’t the only questionable items in vaccines. Do you also feed your child formaldehyde?