Parents share their thoughts about daycare vaccination policies

This week, we released a new NPCH Report about daycare vaccination policies. All states require vaccines for children who attend daycare, but some children still do not receive all vaccines. We asked parents of young children for their perspectives on vaccination requirements and what they think daycares should do when children aren’t fully vaccinated.

Overall, most parents agree that children in daycare should be vaccinated (59% strongly agree and 22% agree). So what should daycares do when children are not up-to-date on vaccines? 41% of parents say those children should not be allowed to attend daycare until they are vaccinated and 28% say children should have a grace period of time in order to get up-to-date. Fewer parents (21%) prefer that daycares require a waiver from a doctor and just 1 in 10 parents say children should be able to attend daycare regardless of their vaccination status.

Figure 1: Parent preferred daycare policies for children not up-to-date on vaccines
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Parents were also asked to consider a scenario where 1 in 4 children in their child’s daycare are not up-to-date on their vaccines. About 3 out of 4 parents (74%) say they would consider removing their own children from that daycare center in this situation. Read the full report: Parents support daycare policies to get kids up-to-date on vaccines.

NPCH Associate Director Sarah Clark, M.P.H. discusses these results and their implications in this short video:

What do you think?:

This report has generated a lot of conversation in places like USA Today, Health Day, and Yahoo! Parenting. What do you think? Share your thoughts and experience in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter!