THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 -- In the wake of the measles outbreak that has generated headlines for months, more Americans now say they support childhood vaccinations, according to a new HealthDay/Harris Poll.
Of more than 2,000 adults surveyed, 87 percent said they thought that the vaccines routinely given to young children are safe. That's up from 77 percent from a similar poll last July.
Dr. Aaron Glatt, a spokesman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, called the shift encouraging. "I think the measles outbreak is causing some people to re-examine their 'facts' about childhood vaccinations," Glatt said.
In recent years, some American parents have decided to either skip the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and other childhood inoculations, or ask their doctors to delay certain shots -- often due to fears over vaccine safety. Those worries date back to 1998, when a small study claimed to show a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. The study has since been widely discredited.
One poll finding was somewhat surprising. There's a common perception that vaccine detractors in the United States are largely from upper-income brackets. But the poll found that people from the highest-income households -- earning $100,000 or more a year -- were less likely to believe in the MMR-autism link -- only 12 percent did, versus 22 percent of people from households earning less than $50,000.
The HealthDay/Harris Poll was conducted online between Feb. 25-27 and included a nationally representative sample of 2,032 U.S. adults.
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