More Parents Skipping Vaccines as Distrust Grows
A recent survey revealed that one in ten parents have been either refusing or delaying vaccinations for their children.
The U.S. survey was conducted over the internet and included 748 parents with children between the ages of six months and six years.
The parents who refused or delayed the vaccines claimed that it “seemed safer,” although there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. Some fears are based on the misconception that there is a connection between the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine and autism, although this has never been proven.
There is no evidence that a delayed vaccine schedule benefits the child in any way. In some cases, the parents are failing to understand the serious risk of the disease that the vaccination will prevent. It appears that this trend is increasing, and that is alarming to experts.
Parents who share this fear often cluster in particular groups. This leads to large groups of children who are at greater risk for disease. Even vaccinated children are placed at risk in these situations.
Increases in some diseases have already been reported. For example, outbreaks of Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, have recently forced some schools to close for extended periods.