Parents poll results are skewed towards antivax attitude

Today Moms has a poll out about vaccinating your kids. The results so far are pretty dismal.

Are ‘opt-out’ parents and unvaxxed kids a health threat?

“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”.

  10 comments for “Parents poll results are skewed towards antivax attitude

  1. PJ
    November 30, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    “Follow the money,” as one of them says. Indeed, our question should be, exactly who is funding crazy? The ICPA (a truly worrying concept in itself!) and who else?

  2. Pjevs
    December 1, 2011 at 5:06 AM

    I think parents are simply ignorant.

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  4. Dr. Mommy
    January 7, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Some of us parents are trained researchers, so categorizing us as simple or ignorant is just another attempt to discredit a point of view that is not currently main stream. I would leave the country rather than poison my child’s future with neurotoxins and other toxins. Many doctors are against vaccination as well-some of them do research and are not merely practitioners. The campaign to make a group of educated mothers look selfish is becoming more and more ridiculous, as does any flailing to retain power system or regime. I think my healthy child bei.g subjected to shedding viruses of children whose parents are not yet well-informed (the propaganda and bullying is effective) is selfish. I know that many just follow and so I try not to judge, but it scares me to have my healthy child in school with those full of vaccine toxins and forever sick. Those parents actually think it is normal for their children to be perpetually sick. Shame.

  5. Jinny
    January 7, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Parents should be able to decide wether or not they want to inject their children with chemicals that have been proven again and again to be dangerous. Why are they suddenly ok when they are in vaccines? Parents who do not vaccinate are very well educated and do not simply listen to doctors who may only have one side of the story or marketing campaignes. These are people who research and find out the whole story, making an informed decision. I agree that this poll may not be representative, but it is important to note the growing opinion of non vax or selective vaxing parents.

  6. idoubtit
    January 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    I can not understand your comments at all. You’re words and ideas are quite muddled and make no sense. But I have noticed these pieces that clue me in on your position…

    I would leave the country rather than poison my child’s future with neurotoxins and other toxins.

    What neurotoxins? From vaccines? That’s a completely baseless claim – vaccines are not neurotoxins, otherwise millions would be dead.

    …it scares me to have my healthy child in school with those full of vaccine toxins and forever sick

    This is ridiculous statement. So ridiculous in fact, I can’t even begin to respond.

  7. idoubtit
    January 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Well educated does not mean getting the right information and making the informed decision, especially when deliberately given MISinformation.


    If you disagree that BILLIONS of people’s lives have not been saved by vaccines, you are delusional. There is no evidence that vaccines cause the type of harm portrayed that would swamp the incredible benefits that humanity has gained from their use. Vaccines efficacy is so clear cut, it is absurd that this type of anti-vax campaign is going on.

  8. Rick Neubrander
    January 7, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Billions saved. Over exaggerating a bit?

    Lets look at the “killer” disease in a modern country. Measles. Thousands die every year. Mostly in 3rd world countries with poor nutrition and sanitation. But in a modern country how bad is it?

    Rev Infect Dis. 1983 May-Jun;5(3):433-8. Impact of measles in France.
    Rey M, Celers J, Mouton Y, Netter R.

    Although measles vaccine has been licensed since 1968, immunization against measles has not met with much success in France, partly because the disease is no longer feared. The level of vaccination coverage appears to be less than 20%. Indeed, the present epidemiologic situation is similar to the natural situation in a developed country. A multicenter, retrospective hospital survey revealed that 1,157 patients with measles were hospitalized during a 30-month period in five areas (total population, 4.2 million). Analysis of the preliminary results of this survey and of available national data showed an incidence of 5.6-7.5 cases per 1,000 population; a hospitalization rate of one per 10,000; a death rate of 0.56 per 1 million; and a disability rate of 0.48 per 1 million. Encephalitis (the definition of which should be reappraised) occurred once in 2,850 cases, and subacute sclerosing panencephalitis was not rare (incidence, one case per 2.6 million people). The problem posed by measles is sufficiently grave to justify a national campaign urging the widespread vaccination of children.


    “a death rate of 0.56 per 1 million; and a disability rate of 0.48 per 1 million.”

    So either the French cannot do math or measles in a developed country is not as devastating as stated.

  9. snoma
    January 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Jinny, how exactly have these vaccines been proven again and again to be dangerous? Where’s your scientific proof for that? I want evidence for that claim!

    And don’t weasel out on me by saying soemthing like “oh, everybody knows. It’s common knowledge” or anything.

    You made your claim. Now back it up with some evidence.

  10. idoubtit
    January 7, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    You are going to throw one study at the mountain of data over decades that shows vaccine efficacy and safety? Lame. And, no. I’m not exaggerating.

    In 2002, WHO estimated that 1.4 million of deaths among children under 5 years were due to diseases that could have been prevented by routine vaccination. This represents 14% of global total mortality in children under 5 years of age. Reference

    What if the rest of the world’s children were NOT vaccinated. These numbers would be staggering.

    Diptheria, polio and smallpox have been eliminated 100%. Many other are over 90% Reference

    Anti-vax nonsense about toxins and hazards is flat out wrong.

    For actual facts about vaccines, I suggest these sites:
    Science Based Medicine Vaccine Awareness site
    Toxic Myths about Vaccines
    Anti-vaccine myths exposed
    CDC Vaccines

    I’m closing comments now because I will not give the misinformed a platform to spout garbage. Doubtful News provides a service that is informed by science and reason, not scare-mongering misinformation.

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