Vaccine Survey: 45% Of Americans Doubt Safety

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The latest measles outbreak that’s gripped communities across the country in recent months pushed the topic of vaccinations (and those who choose to forgo them) right back onto centerstage for many Americans. Now a new survey delving into feelings over immunizations finds the country may be more split on the issue than believed, with 45% of adults admitting to harboring some doubt about the safety of vaccines.

That said, the vast majority — more than eight in 10 surveyed — still view vaccines as effective and continue to support them, despite their concerns.

The survey, funded by the American Osteopathic Association, questioned 2,000 adults and asked doubters the source of their suspicions of the science-supported, long-established safety and importance of vaccinations. Of the nearly half who listed at least one source of doubt over vaccine safety, researchers found the most common sources came from online articles (16%), distrust of the pharmaceutical industry (16%), and information from medical experts (12%).

According to lead researcher Rachel Shmuts, a perinatal psychiatrist, widespread negative attitudes towards vaccines has become a phenomenon caused by human psychology and amplified by social media.

“From an evolutionary perspective, humans are primed to pay attention to threats or negative information,” Dr. Shmuts explains in a media release. “So it makes sense that people hold onto fears that vaccines are harmful, especially when they believe their children are in danger.”

Another factor in this phenomenon is that, since vaccines have effectively banished many once-common and deadly diseases, people fear possible side effects from the vaccines more than the diseases themselves.

“For some, it really might be that vaccines are viewed as the more salient threat,” says Shmuts.

Despite these concerns, 82% of respondents were still generally in favor of vaccines, while 8% showed serious doubts, and 9% said they were unsure.

Many people are uninformed about vaccines. The state of Michigan, for example, ended public education for vaccines in the mid-2000s. This, combined with legislation that allows for vaccine exemptions for religious and philosophical beliefs, led to Michigan being ranked 44th in the country in the number of vaccinated children between the ages of 19 and 35 months in 2015. In 2017, the state launched a new education program about vaccines, and immunization rates increased across all demographics.

Doctors warn that people with doubt only breed more people with doubt, and that can be dangerous when certain diseases require up to 95% of the population to be vaccinated in order to eliminate the threat of those diseases.

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Don
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“Despite these concerns, 82% of respondents were still generally in favor of vaccines ..”

Looks like an education problem.

Flu vaccines are not effective and are responsible for the majority of vaccine injuries. Generally, while other vaccines may or may not be safe and effective, big pharma’s ajuvants, preservatives and additives ….. coupled with many fake “studies” and their revolving door with government regulating agencies, means this is an industry we dare not trust.

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*** This means that 55% are dumb ass’s IMHO.
You would have to be low IQ to beived that a product where the manufacturer has no legal liability for damages is safe….

John
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The choice is don’t vaccinate and catch measles or vaccinate and end up with autism
It’s a no brainer I survived measles so my kids can to and maintain their natural immune system , not have their blood stream contaminated with poisons, and not suffer a life long desease like autism , there are psychopaths working in big Pharma , killers and the Internet is educating people

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I got Guillain-Barre syndrome after receiving a pneumonia shot back in December of 2015 which caused neuropathy in the legs and left arm and both hands, difficulty breathing for 4 months of which I had to sleep in a chair otherwise suffocate, lose of balance, Laryngospasms, and the loss of the functioning of the upper esophogeal sphincter which now allows air into the GI tract with every breath which inflates the lower GI pushing the diaphragm up making every breath a labored one. The facts are this. By the middle 1800s it was well known that vaccines were a total… Read more »