Poll Reveals A Disturbing New Trend About Vaccine Opinions

By: Rachael Rettner
Published: 03/06/2015 12:29 AM EST on LiveScience

The percentage of Americans who consider vaccines crucial for children has declined slightly in the past decade, according to a new survey.

This year, 54 percent of Americans said that it’s “extremely important” for parents to get their children vaccinated, down from 64 percent who said so in 2001, according to the survey from Gallup.

And 30 percent of Americans now say they’ve heard “a great deal” about the disadvantages of vaccines, compared to 15 percent who said that in 2001. But there was also an increase in the percentage who said they’ve heard a great deal about the advantages of vaccines, 49 percent in 2015 compared to 37 percent in 2001.

The percentage of Americans who say they consider vaccines to be worse than the diseases they prevent has not changed much in 14 years: 9 percent of Americans held this view in 2015, compared with 6 percent in 2001. [5 Dangerous Vaccination Myths]

Still, most Americans (84 percent) now say that vaccines are either “extremely important” or “very important,” while the rest say vaccines are “somewhat important,” “not very important” or “not at all important.”

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Tlatelolco and the Modernist Dream in Mexico City

Detail of Sunset at Tlatelolco
Photo by Michael Waldrep — Click to enlarge

Officially the Conjunto Urbano Presidente Adolfo López Mateos de Nonoalco Tlatelolco (*phew*), the district of Tlatelolco is today a fascinating vestige of mid-century Mexico’s modernist past, and—what I like even more—a vision of a future that could have been. As I continue to try to understand the current face of urbanization on Mexico City’s edges, it seems more and more as if a useful perspective might be found in the prototypes of housing in the city’s past.

The sun sets over the housing block at Tlatelolco. — Photo by Michael Waldrep, Click to Enlarge

Though located near to the city center, before the conquest, Tlatelolco was a separate but allied kingdom to Tenochtitlan (the primary city of pre-hispanic Mexico City), and was the site of a massive market. By the 20th century, much of the site was taken up by a massive train yard connected to Buenavista station. As in Philadelphia and, more recently, New —> Read More Here

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