“Study after study after study has shown that vaccines are safe, so why are so many parents still convinced it’s not right for their children?” TODAY’s Matt Lauer asked NBC Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman.
Snyderman said it’s not a lack of resources or education. The “profile” of the non-vax parent is middle-class, college educated and web-savvy, she said. There is also a new generation of parents in their 30s and 40s who “have no memory of polio, whooping cough and measles.”
What do you think? Are parents who opt out of vaccines being reckless, or cautious?
Credit: @Blue_Wode on Twitter
Do you think it’s OK for parents to opt out of vaccines for their kids? Result current are 60% Yes, 40% No
Do you vaccinate your children? 36% Yes 22% Selective 42% Not at all
The Facebook page for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association has encouraged its followers to skew the poll with their opinions (antivax).
This demonstrates at least two things: 1. Online polls are worthless in terms of fairness or representation because they are so easily skewed. 2. Too many people get information on children’s health from non-scientific based sources. They believe it and they act accordingly.
This is EXTREMELY worrisome. Yet, I praise Dr. Nancy Snyderman for her clear categorization of non-vaccinating parents as “selfish”.