Public Confidence in Vaccines Sags, New Report Finds
A new survey finds decreases in public trust in vaccine safety and value, a trend experts say is worrying.
According to a survey released Monday by the American Society for Microbiology and Research America, the percentage of American adults who say it's "very important" to have their children vaccinated was down 11 points over the past decade, at 71 percent in May from 82 percent in 2008. The percentage that expressed confidence in the system for evaluating the safety of vaccines to determine their proper use dropped 8 percentage points, from 85 percent in 2008 to 77 percent in May.
Likewise, the survey found that the percentage of Americans who strongly believe they have benefited from the development of vaccines over the past 50 years has dropped from 75 percent a decade ago to 59 percent this month. The percentage of those who believe they have benefitted from vaccines at least somewhat during that period remained largely unchanged, though, at 87 percent overall compared to 90 percent 10 years ago.