CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – More and more parents are deciding not to have their children vaccinated against measles, prompting concerns this could put entire communities at risk.
A new Harris Poll found 76% of parents think more research needs to be done on the safety and risks of vaccines, and 61% believe pharmaceutical companies minimize vaccine risks.
Some people have had bad experiences with vaccinations, adding to their skepticism about getting a shot to prevent disease.
West Springfield residents Devon Drain told 22News, “One time I got my flu vaccination, and for about a week after I got that shot, I was pretty sick. I was in bed as if I got the flu, and it’s supposed to be a vaccination for the flu. So I don’t know. I don’t really believe in it that much.”
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found un-vaccinated children are 35 times more likely to contract the measles.
The National Consumers League (NCL) is asking parents to look at the overwhelming evidence that vaccines are safe and effective and get their kids vaccinated. With increasing numbers of parents foregoing the measles and other vaccinations, experts are concerned this behavior is putting whole communities at risk.