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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