More parents believe vaccines are ‘unnecessary,’ while a mumps outbreak grows

Sep 3, 2016

By Ariana Eunjung Cha

The contrast between parents’ attitudes about vaccines today and a decade ago is striking. A survey published Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that more and more moms and dads are refusing the shots for their children.

Much of the blame for this phenomenon can be attributed to continuing claims from everyone from actor Jim Carrey to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump about the link between vaccines and autism — an idea that originated with a paper later shown to be fraudulent and that numerous scientific teams have tested exhaustively and found to be untrue. But while many parents’ scrutiny of vaccines may have been triggered by the autism theories, they have grown beyond those initial concerns.

The AAP study involves a random sampling of about 630 members in 2006 and again in 2013. They found that in 2006, 75 percent of pediatricians who responded had encountered parents who refused vaccines. By 2013, it was up to 87 percent.

That’s a big change, but the more interesting part of the survey is why.


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5 comments on “More parents believe vaccines are ‘unnecessary,’ while a mumps outbreak grows

  • My Child
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    No on SB277

    The sticking point. Parents look upon their children as out shoots of themselves (which they are genetically, not legally) so any harebrained idea parents get into their heads must be extendible to their children. Their children are separate beings that can claim one of the functions of government, the protection afforded all citizens from the actions of others that may be detrimental to said citizen.



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  • People who refuse to vaccinate themselves are effectively awarding themselves and their families a Darwin award.

    Perhaps if someone who cannot vaccinate sued someone who refuses to for some absurd amount, even if they did not win, it would shake things up.



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  • My parents underwent the same scare, and didn’t vaccinate me. They never told me, and I never checked myself(so stupid!), trusting my parents were always looking out for my wellbeing (which they were, in their own way). I suddenly fell pregnant and was shocked and scared out of my wits when I found out I wasn’t immune. I wasn’t allowed to take the vaccine… Now, days from my due date, I read articles of rubella breaking out on festivals over the country. Getting rubella while pregnant can be a death sentence for your child, or later be a huge disability. We need more awareness about this! Every time a child around me would sneeze I would always question if the parents were the type of people to vaccinate or not. Has caused me a lot of stress! Jo



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