Parents’ views, states’ laws shifting on childhood vaccination

Outbreaks of communicable diseases such as measles and whooping cough in recent years have sparked many conversations about childhood vaccination. After the Disneyland measles outbreak of 2014, California passed a school vaccination law, requiring all children in public or private schools and day cares to be vaccinated against various diseases, regardless of religious or personal beliefs. This law went into effect last month.

Following the 2014 measles outbreak, our July 2015 NPCH Report found that 34% of parents think vaccines have more benefit than they did one year ago. One quarter of parents believe vaccines are safer than they were one year ago, and 35% of parents report more support for daycare and school vaccine requirements than one year ago.

Figure 1. Parent opinion about vaccine safety for children

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released their 2016 recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedule. This year, Washtenaw County in Michigan reached a 91% vaccination rate among students entering kindergarten or seventh grade and students transferring into the district, marking a fourth consecutive year of vaccination rate increase.

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