74% Would Pull Their Kids From Vaccine-Lax Day Care

Most also believe day care providers should check vaccinations every year
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2014 9:43 AM CST
74% Would Pull Their Kids From Vaccine-Lax Day Care
In this April 20, 2012, file photo, Holly Ann Haley, 4, gets two vaccinations at the doctor's office in Berlin, Vt.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Most parents would consider yanking their kids out of a day care setting if other kids weren't vaccinated, according to a study by the University of Michigan's CS Mott Children's Hospital. More than 600 parents of kids up to the age of 5 were queried for the survey, which found:

  • 81% of parents think all children at day care should be vaccinated.
  • If parents were told that 25% of kids at day care weren't immunized, 74% of parents would considering pulling their own children out. That scenario may mirror reality: The associate director of the poll tells LiveScience one in four preschoolers may not be up to date on their vaccinations.

  • Nearly three-quarters of the respondents (74%) think day care providers should insist on yearly vaccination checks; most states don't require these annual checks, LiveScience notes.
  • Most parents (66%) think they should be told if there are children attending day care who aren't current with their vaccines, but only one-quarter of them think the provider should name names.
  • And if a child isn't up to date with his or her vaccines? Parents are split, with 41% thinking the child should be barred from attending entirely until they get immunized, 28% voting for a "grace period" in which the child can still attend (but has to eventually get vaccinated), and 21% OKing attendance with a doctor's waiver. Only 10% feel the child should be allowed to stay in day care as is.
(Meanwhile, vaccine costs are rising.)

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