Most U.S. Kids Still Get Vaccines on Schedule
A 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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