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CNN/ORC Poll: Nearly 8 in 10 Favor Mandatory Vaccines

By    |   Monday, 23 Feb 2015 09:43 PM

Nearly eight in 10 Americans believe that parents should be required to vaccinate their children against preventable diseases such as mumps, measles, polio and rubella, according to a poll released Monday by CNN and ORC International.

Most agree that if the children are not vaccinated, they should be barred from day care or public school.

The poll results come as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report a total of 154 measles cases in the United States between Jan. 1 and Feb. 20 – an additional 13 cases in the last week.

The poll, conducted February 12-15, 2015, "found that 78 percent of the respondents believe parents should be required to vaccinate their child against preventable diseases if the child is healthy; only 22% disagree," according to CNN.

The poll indicated strong support for the pro-mandatory-vaccination position across different age groups. Seventy-two percent of respondents under 50 favored required vaccinations, rising to 84 percent of those 50 and older.

Roughly 6 in 10 Americans believe that children should be barred from public school and day care if they are unvaccinated.

The poll's margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.

According to a Pew Research Center poll released last month, 68 percent of all U.S. adults said that childhood vaccinations should be mandatory.

According to CDC figures,
118 of the 154 reported cases (77 percent) are linked to a large outbreak that began at a California amusement park in December. Most of those who have developed measles were unvaccinated.

Last year, there were 644 measles cases from 27 states reported to the CDC – the greatest number since measles were documented to have been eliminated in the United States in 2000.

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