The government recommends that by age 6, children should be vaccinated against 14 diseases, in at least two doses.
But a national survey finds more than 1 in 10 parents reject
that advice. They're refusing some shots for their children or
delaying others mainly because of safety concerns.
Worries about vaccine safety were common even among parents
whose kids were fully vaccinated: 1 in 5 among that group said they
think delaying shots is safer than the recommended schedule. The
results suggest more than 2 million infants and young children may
not be fully protected against preventable diseases, including some
that can be deadly or disabling.
The nationally representative online survey of roughly 750
parents of kids age 6 and younger was done last year and results
were released online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
Study author Dr. Amanda Dempsey, a pediatrician, said vaccine
skepticism is fueled by erroneous information online and media
reports that sensationalize misconceptions.