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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Survey: 51 percent are concerned about the safety of vaccinations

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  • A new poll of 1,000 likely American adults has revealed 51 percent are concerned about the safety of vaccinations for children and that percentage includes 24 percent who said they are very concerned.
     
    Forty-five percent said they are not concerned about the safety, with 19 percent who are not at all concerned.
     
    Despite the concern of more than half the number polled, 94 percent of adults with children under 18 say their child has received all the vaccinations that he or she is supposed to have. That could be in part because Americans are concerned that children who are unvaccinated will cause health problems for their peers. Vaccinations create so-called “herd immunity” which can help eradicate certain diseases and keep even those who cannot receive vaccines protected.
     
    Seventy-nine percent indicated they are concerned about unvaccinated children causing health problems, including 43 percent who are very concerned. Just 19 percent are not concerned about this, with 5 percent who are not at all concerned.
     
    Overall, these findings show little change from 2010.
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