Survey shows high levels of vaccination for children

A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that approximately 95 percent of parents said their kids had received all recommended vaccinations or would get them all, which was a record high.

Approximately five percent of parents said they would decline some vaccines and two percent said their children would receive no vaccines. The research also found that most parents had questions or concerns about vaccines, Health Day reports.

"We are reassured that, overall, parents are vaccinating their kids according to the recommended schedule," Allison Kennedy, an epidemiologist with the CDC's Immunization Services Division and the study's lead researcher, said, according to Health Day.

Kennedy said that a better education effort could resolve the doubts and concerns parents have about vaccines and that doctors need information on the value and safety record of vaccines to help parents make an informed decisions. Twenty-three percent of the parents had no concerns about vaccines, but most surveyed said they had one or more concerns.

Twenty-five percent of those surveyed received their information about vaccines from the internet, which is twice the number seen in a 2009 survey.

"We are seeing outbreaks of measles, mumps and whooping cough to degrees we haven't seen in the previous 10 years," Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases and director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said, according to Health Day. "It's a dangerous and, frankly, a misinformed choice not to get a vaccine.”

Offit said that whooping cough killed 8,000 children in the U.S. annually, diphtheria was a common cause of death among young people and polio caused tens of thousands of cases of paralysis before vaccines.