One in 10 parents delaying vaccinations

A national study recently found that more than one in 10 parents delay or reject U.S. government-recommended vaccinations, mainly because of safety concerns.

Parents of children who were fully vaccinated also showed significant worries, according to At least one in five parents of fully vaccinated children believe that delaying the shots is safer than staying with the recommended schedule.

The results of the survey suggest that more than two million infants and young children may be vulnerable to fully preventable illnesses, some that can be deadly or disabling.

The medical journal Pediatrics recently released the results of an online survey, conducted last year, that appear to compliment a larger survey conducted by the U.S. federal government that was released last month.

The U.S. federal government survey showed that one out of ten toddlers and preschoolers were behind on vaccinations, including those for chicken pox, as well as the measles, mumps and rubella combination vaccine.

The author of the Pediatrics study, Dr. Amanda Dempsey, said that skepticism over vaccinations is fueled by erroneous information found online and media reports that sensationalize embedded preconceptions.

The state of California recently reported that the percentage of parents signing vaccine exemptions has been rising steadily since 2004.

John Talarico, the head of the immunization branch of the California Department of Public Health, said that the rise coincides with the rising use of the internet for information.

State health officials in California are concerned because a record number of kindergartners began school without proper immunizations last year, according to USA Today.

More than 11,000 kindergarten students missed at least one vaccination in 2010, which is 2.5 percent of the state’s total students enrolled in kindergarten, the highest number to miss a vaccination since 1978.