Poll: Parents Concerned over Vaccines

CHICAGO, May 26 (UPI) — Most U.S. parents say they, rather than the government, should have the final say in which vaccines are given to their children, a survey indicates.

The survey of 1,144 parents of children age 17 years or younger, commissioned by the Center for Personal Rights, was conducted by Harris Interactive.

Fifty-two percent of the parents polled say they agree parents should have the right to decide which vaccines their children receive without government mandates. Fifty-four percent say they are concerned that the pharmaceutical industry has undue influence over government vaccine mandates and the same number agree the government should fund an independent scientific study of fully vaccinated vs. unvaccinated individuals to assess long-term health outcomes.

Forty-eight percent of parents say they are worried about serious adverse effects of vaccines.

The survey was conducted May 5-11. The pollsters say because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Interactive panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

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