More Parents Allowing Children To Be Vaccinated Since Measles Outbreak, Survey Finds
The trend is viewed as good news by health care professionals. In related news, the latest data shows that California lags behind other states in vaccination rates.
Fewer Parents Refusing Vaccines For Children, Physician Survey Shows
Last winter’s much-publicized “Disneyland” measles outbreak may have led to one positive outcome: an increase in vaccine acceptance among parents. In a recent nationwide survey by the physician-oriented website Medscape, 42 percent of pediatricians and other health professionals said they believed parents had become more accepting of vaccines since the Disneyland outbreak — particularly the measles vaccine. That trend is welcomed news for public health officials and others who have become concerned by the growing problem of parents refusing or delaying immunizations for their children. (Perry, 8/27)
Los Angeles Times:
California Lags In Vaccinating Children, CDC Says
California lawmakers quickly moved to tamp down a growing resistance to vaccination that had been fostered in some communities by unfounded safety concerns. By summer, Gov. Jerry Brown had signed one of the nation's toughest laws to keep parents from opting not to inoculate their kids. Nationwide data released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that although California children are immunized at a high level, the state's vaccination rate still lags behind the rest of the country. (Karlamangla, 8/28)