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Most Parents Fear Vaccines. And Most Parents Still Vaccinate.

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Most parents skeptical, but still follow the vaccine schedule

A report in the journal Health Affairs this week tells us two things: one, most parents of children under age six have concerns about vaccines, and two, most parents have their kids vaccinated nonetheless.

The fact that vaccine concerns are so widespread (in the sample population of 376 parents of one or more young children, 83% said they were worried about vaccinations) is of concern to public health officials. But even with the fear of shots, most families go ahead with their doctors’ recommendations.

Here are the top concerns that parents have about children’s vaccines. And here’s how many opted out of vaccinations completely: 

Of top concern were the number of shots kids get before the age of two, unsafe ingredients in vaccines, and how painful the shots were. That vaccines could cause autism was cited as a worry by some parents.

Meanwhile, 94 percent of parents said they had already vaccinated their kids on schedule, or planned to do so. Five percent said they would opt out of some, and two percent said they planned not to vaccinate their kids at all.

One of the reasons some parents cited for being skeptical of vaccines was that their kids were unlikely to contract the diseases they were being immunized for. How does that logic work, though, since part of the reason for that is vaccines themselves?

What do you think? Given how often we hear of vaccine-wary parents, does it surprise you that only two percent actually choose not to vaccinate?  And is two percent still too high?

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