Doctors Most Trusted Source of Vaccine Information, Study
THURSDAY, April 7 (HealthDay News) -- For American parents,
doctors are the most trusted source of information about the safety
of children's vaccines, a new study indicates.
Researchers conducted a national survey of 1,552 parents of
children aged 17 and younger, and found that 76 percent said they
trusted their child's doctor "a lot" when it came to getting
information about vaccine safety.
Other sources trusted "a lot" by parents included other health
care providers (26 percent) and government vaccine
experts/officials (23 percent).
Sources of information about vaccine safety that were trusted
"some" included family and friends (67 percent) and parents who
believe their child was harmed by a vaccine (65 percent).
Celebrities were trusted " a lot" by only 2 percent of parents
and "some" by 24 percent of parents, said the University of
Michigan study, published online April 1 in the journal
The researchers also found that mothers were more likely than
fathers to have "a lot" or "some" trust in vaccine safety
information from parents who believe their child was harmed by a
vaccine, celebrities, TV shows, and news/magazine articles.
Also, white and Hispanic parents were more likely than black
parents to trust family and friends "a lot" or "some," and Hispanic
parents were more likely than black or white parents to trust
celebrities "a lot" or "some."
"Those who design public health efforts to provide evidence-based information must recognize that different strategies may be required to reach all groups of parents," Dr. Gary L. Freed, chief of general pediatrics and director of the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit, said in a U-M Health System news release.
"Even if only a fraction of parents receive, believe, and act on misinformation about vaccine safety provided by these different sources, individual children's health and the population's health may suffer because of vaccine preventable illnesses," he added.
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